The original itinerary for this trip promised to be really great. The Kecskemet air show on 1 August, combined with the open day at Batajnica a day later and the huge museum at the Belgrade IAP. The Kecskemet show was cancelled fairly soon, so we had to reschedule. And only a week before the start of the trip, we were informed about the cancellation of the Batajnica open day!
Out of the original group of sixteen, eight guys still found it interesting to go and so the group joined up in a Belgrade hotel on 1 August 2009. All had arrived the day before, or actually the night before, coming from either the UK or Amsterdam.
After fetching the rental van and picking up the group in the hotel we went a few minutes north to the first airfield; Padinska Skela-Lisičji Jarak, to collect stored aircraft and civil ones with a military history. A huge number of locations was visited during the day (Belgrade IAP, Novi San, Zrenjanin-Ecka, etc.), apart from the huge museum in Belgrade; Muzeum Vazduhoplovstva – Beograd. Although we knew that there was no air show, we decided to check it one more time at Batajnica. Indeed, no go. We were allowed to photograph the gate guards at the main gate and at Moma. At the end of the day a good meal and a couple of drinks were enjoyed after 21.00.