Sri Lanka & India 2011
Early February 2011, 4Aviation visited the Sri Lankan Air Force and the Aero India show at Yelahanka. A total of 28, on the group of 36 that travelled to Sri Lanka, continued their tour to India to visit the Aero India show. The plans to visit the trade show Yelahanka had been in place for a while. In order to make the tour a lot more interesting it was decided to see whether Sri Lanka was willing to receive a group of enthusiasts. Obviously, we were very happy with the permission to visit the Sri Lanka Air Force bases, that we received by mid-2010.
On Thursday 3 February, 27 participants met each other at Schiphol for the first flight to London-Heathrow. In London another participant joined, after which the group flew to Colombo in an Airbus A340 of Sri Lankan. On Friday morning (4 February), very early, the group arrived at the airport of Colombo (also home to the fighter aircraft of the Sri Lanka Air Force). At Colombo we were met by our tour contacts and we sat down in the bus that took us to the first hotel in Mount Lavinia. Since the day had only just started, we directly decided to start looking for the first aircraft of the tour. In the capital city of Sri Lanka, Colombo, we were able to find two Jet Provosts, one of which could be photographed. Our point of contact within the air force came to shake hands while we were taking a swim in the pool of the hotel later that day. During the same day, the remaining 8 participants of the tour, arrived from several directions.