Dubai Air Show

Dubai Air show in on full swing, I havent yet been there but I hear that its amazing, I saw the stunts from my office today, trying to get a hold of some passes so I can go and visit the show before it closes on the 25th. FYI The show started on 20th, It will run till 25th. Participants from all over the world are taking part in the biggest Air Related exibition in the fastest growing regional market. The show has already generated huge orders for aircraft manufacturers.

The following is a news story from Khaleej Times

As daredevil stunts by aeroplanes at Dubai Airshow started at 2pm yesterday, the deafening roar of jet engines could be heard even a few kilometres away from the venue. The aerobatics are a regular feature of Dubai Air Show.

Near the venue, people stepped out of their offices, on to balconies and porches while motorists caught in the traffic jam on the road leading to the Airport Expo did not seem to mind the bottleneck as they rolled down their windows in fascination and awe. Not all were coincidental onlookers, as several families could be seen settled comfortably on the green islands along the road, enjoying the show.

The opening piece of the visual, and aural, symphony was presented by the Patrouille De France Alpha Jets, whose acrobatics and daredevil stunts left the crowds gaping. The display was further heightened by streams of colours jettisoned by the eight jets as they shrieked past the venue.

Most of the flying presentations following the opening feature were solo acts, with three or four much-awaited aircraft just doing a fly-past. Loved the world over more for their menacing look than their technical sophistication, the American Nighthawk F-117A stealth fighter and B2 multi-role stealth bomber flew past the venue with two escort aircraft, evoking hoots and cheers from excited crowds. The Stratofortress B52 bomber was also flown past.

The Russian Mig29 and the French Rafale also enthralled the crowds. The second flight in Dubai by the empress of the sky, the A380 in full Emirates livery, attracted much attention due to the size of the aircraft and the agility with which it was manoeuvred around.

While the executive jets lined up on the tarmac drew select crowds, the fully loaded fighters were much popular. The AH64-A Apache attack helicopter of the air wing of the UAE Army, however, was the most popular with visitors lining up to click their snaps alongside the dark warhorse.

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