NATO Days, 2016

September 17 and 18 marked the 2016 edition of the annual NATO Days exhibition in Ostrava, Czech Republic. 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the event.

I visited the event on Saturday. It was hazy and rainy all day, but despite that I had a great time. The static park was particularly full and diverse this year.

The stars of the show for me were a pair of MiG-21 fighters from Romania. One was in the static park and the other in the flying program.
This Norwegian P-3 Orion was one of two of the type on display in the static park. The Orion made it’s NATO Day premier this year.
Germany brought lots of good stuff to this year’s show including this almost factory fresh Airbus A400 Atlas tansport.
A Eurocopter Tiger was also in the German contribution.
A Westland Sea Lynx of the German navy.
Sweden provided a C-130 Hercules.
A very rare NATO Day visitor, the Apache appeared at the event for the first time since 2008.
The Eurofighter Typhoon wasa huge presence this year with four in the static park and flying displays by all five of the type’s European users.
The stunning “Alien Tiger” was the Czech air force’s entry into the 2016 NATO Tiger Meet exercise earlier in the year. The design was inspired by the late H. R. Geiger’s artwork for the “Alien” film franchise.
A Mil Mi-17 unloads a group of troops as part of the ground forces display.
Not an official part of the show, this Bombardier CL-601 Challenger was shuttling Czech VIPs in and out of the venue. You can clearly see the rain and haze that made up the day’s weather.
This year’s aerobatic team performace came courtesy of Italy’s Frecce Tricolori.