Saturday 29 April was our final day in Mexico and the day of the public air show at Santa Lucía. We arrived very early at the base to avoid any traffic jams and already at 07.00 we were walking near the static aircraft! The airshow was full scale again today. The flying display at FAMEX saw participation of the newest types of the transport fleet of the FAM, with mixed formations of the C295s and C-27. The FAM uses two versions of the C295; the C295M for transport duties and the updated C295W. The latter was shown during FAMEX in the static display. Out of the 4 C-27s delivered to the FAM, 1 was shown in the static display while another was performing in the aerial display. After the show ended, the public was allowed near the helicopters and the flight line, resulting in an organised chaos!
The Mexican Air Force made great effort to make FAMEX 2017 a success. With more exhibitors and visitors that seemed to have worked. Flying displays were mainly conducted by the FAM, with no demonstrations from the big companies. Especially the decision to keep the A400M in the static park seemed odd. To really become a major trade show for the region, this would be a necessary next step to take. During the last days of FAMEX 2017, it was announced that the show would be held again in April 2019. We will certainly be there!