Mexico (2019)

Mexico 2019

FAMEX – Feria Aeroespacial de México

Mexico 2019

For the second time 4Aviation went to Mexico for the FAMEX open days at the main operating base Santa Lucia, just north of Mexico City. Although the results in 2017 were exceptionally good, only a small group of enthusiasts had booked for this trip, but it nevertheless took place. And it again was very successful with over 250 military and over 300 civil aircraft noted during the tour.

On the afternoon of Saturday 20 April, four guys gathered at Schiphol, one of them having just flown in from London. KLM presented us with an elegant grand lady, Boeing 747 Combi PH-BFI. Although it was a great plane to fly in, it was showing its age. With almost thirty years on the clock, the entertainment system needed several reboots to offer something of interest on the old screens; and the seats could also have been a bit softer too. however, it was a great journey that took us over Greenland, Canada and through central USA. It was wonderful to view Barksdale AFB from above, with almost 40 B-52’s on the ramp.

The approach to Mexico City was very interesting with fine evening views of the city and then. customs and collecting the luggage went very smoothly too. Collecting the cars took a little bit of time, but luckily our local guide was there to help us out. Then it was on to the hotel which was a short drive from the airport. As it was still a reasonable hour, we ventured into town and found a great historic restaurant where we enjoyed our first local meal and accompanying brew. Then it was time for a well-deserved nights rest.