The IAF exhibition at the Hungarian Aerial Show drew a lot of attention today. In a show where more than 20 air forces are presenting, the Israeli exhibit stood out, attracting the crowd with its unique presentation
Yael Harari | Nikolai Avrutov
“We are going to attract many curious spectators, and there will be a lot of questions”, said Lieut. Col. A, commander of the delegation at a brief prior to show start. “We are the only one presenting ammunition on our fighter jets and the only ones allowing visitors to enter into our cargo transport aircraft”. Indeed, the line-up to enter inside the “Hercules” aircraft and the ladders for climbing up to a sneak peak at the fighter jet’s cockpit are many meters long.
Members of “The One” squadron, “The Yellow Bird” squadron, and “Search and Rescue unit 669”, will be at the show today, talking to thousands of visitors about the Israeli air force, its aircraft, and significant operations it participated in.
“We will be presenting the story of “Operation Entebbe” inside the Hercules plane”, said Captain D., commander at the S&R Unit 669. “It is important for us to emphasize this kind of operations, and more importantly the humanitarian missions the Israeli Air Force and our unit are constantly engaged in”.
“I came to the show from Britain with the specific purpose of seeing the Israeli F-16I jets, but I discovered so much more at the amazing exhibition the Israeli team have set up here”, said one of the visitors.
“Finally, I see Israel at this show”, said an Israeli visitor. “I feel very proud to see all the excitement around our exhibit, and the Israeli flag placed right at the center”.
With tens of aircraft from all over the world, the Hungarian airbase is at full capacity with excited visitors, who enjoy the planes and the aerobatic displays. “It is great to see so many people coming in and taking interest”, said a Hungarian pilot. “While this is the first time that the Israeli Air force decided to participate at the show, everyone here hopes that this will not be the last time. Your exhibit is certainly exceptional and extraordinary”.