NATO Days, 2022

September 17 and 18 saw the 2022 edition of the annual NATO Days show in Ostrava, Czech Republic take place.

I attended on the 17th. Despite the weather being overcast most of the day and making photography of flying displays tricky, it was an enjoyable show as always.

The 2022 show marked the first appearance of Brazilian and Latvian participants at the NATO Days event. It also marked the first time a Dassault Rafale fighter was in the static park, previous editions of the show have had Rafales in the flying program, and it was quite interesting to get up close to France’s most modern fighter.

On a somewhat bittersweet note, the 2022 edition of the show was the last public airshow appearance of the Czech air force Mil Mi-35 “Hind” helicopter. An iconic aircraft from the height of the Cold War to the present, the “Hind” is scheduled to be retired from Czech air force service in late 2022 or early 2023.

At that, here’s a selection of what was on view at the show in 2022:

5 thoughts on “NATO Days, 2022

    1. The Hinds are being replaced by the Bell AH-1Z Viper. The Hips will eventually be replaced with UH-1Y Venom helicopters. Czech crews have already been Stateside training on the new helicopters and the Czech air base at Namest nad Oslavou is being prepared for the new helicopters right now.

  1. Thanks for sharing these photos and the report. It looks like a wonderful and diverse collection of aircraft. I would love to see some of those planes up close. What a fun weekend.

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