The first stop for Wednesday 9 June was a bit disappointing. We spent a very short time at the base of Sliač. We knew the base was still closed due to construction work, but went there anyway for the stored aircraft. Unfortunately all stored MiG-21s had left for Prelouc recently. Also, we were not able to get to the stored MiG-29s, if they were still there (we did not see them outside), so ended up empty handed. While heading for Malacky–Kuchyňa, visiting a number of wrecks and relics again, we negotiated an option to visit Malacky–Kuchyňa the same day over the phone. The visit was actually scheduled for Thursday, but the extra option on Wednesday would yield extra opportunities. We arrived at Malacky at around 15.00 and were met by our guide. After heading to the flight line straight away, we were let loose here and our guide also took out his camera gear. The Slovak Air Force had arranged a fellow aviation photographer to accompany us! That was a fantastic move. There were hardly any restrictions as to what we could do and when, resulting in almost perfect conditions. The sun was still shining when we left the base that evening at around 19.30.