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Air Show in Radom. Participants complained about huge queues and lack of water

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Thousands of aviation enthusiasts gathered at the airport in Radom on the second day of the Air Show. After a five-year break, the largest aviation event of this type in our part of Europe has returned. There were organizational problems. Participants stood in huge queues, there were communication problems and there was no water.

The two-day shows gather thousands of aviation enthusiasts from all over Poland and abroad. TVN24 reporter Artur Molęda watched them from Saturday. – Yesterday, the night show was exceptional, which was organized for the first time during the international air show, which returned to Radom after five years – he reported on Sunday after 2 pm.

As he added, on the second day of the shows, the pilots made a real show in the sky. – M-346 Bielik now over Radom. This is a training plane that is in Dęblin, at the Orląt School on a daily basis. It is there that young adepts of the art of aviation train on jet planes to change to the F-16 or F-35 – he described.

Sold out tickets, no access to water

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As he pointed out, all tickets for the event have been sold out. The crowds were huge on Saturday, the participants stood in gigantic queues. There were communication problems, there was no water. Has it changed on Sunday and how do the organizers explain it?

– It hasn’t changed at all. There was a reprint of tickets, but there are still problems with connectivity. It is quite surprising that in the 21st century, with such a large mass event, telephone masts are not rented, so that the people who are here can communicate – he assessed.

As he added, the attendance on Saturday exceeded the organizers. The gates were blocked for many hours and all tickets were sold out. – The crowd complained about the organization, especially the lack of water. Just imagine: for tens of thousands of people, the organizers have prepared only four water distribution points. The temperature was definitely higher than today. It reached 35 degrees – said Molęda. – The weather was brutal yesterday. It’s a little cooler today, he noted.

Artur Molęda asked about this issue the Military Property Agency, which is the direct organizer of these shows, as well as the municipal water supply system. – There’s a shifting of responsibility here. I heard from waterworkers that they wanted to put water curtains, but from the Military Property Agency they heard that they could not be put up, because it would get mud, reported a TV24 reporter. – When people started to faint, these curtains were put up – he noted.

Sunday Air Show

Sunday’s program of shows is similar to the one presented on Saturday. But the program of the second day of the Air Show does not include night shows, which were organized on Saturday for the first time in the history of the event in Radom. After dusk, the machines performing sky-high stunts were accompanied by fireworks, lights, pyrotechnic effects and music. The one-and-a-half-hour spectacle aroused admiration and enthusiasm of the spectators. Starring: TS-11 Iskra, Żelazny Aerobatic Group, Bush Cat, SWIFT-1, Carbon Cub Ex 3, EXTRA-300SC, Su-22 M4, SWIFT-1, six-member Flying Dragons Start motor hang glider team, Bo-105 helicopter, aircraft C -130 and Aerosparx GROB G109B.

On Sunday, aerobatic groups: Żelazny, Orlik and Cellfast Flying Team presented themselves, as well as guests from Switzerland – Patrouille Suisse. Military aviation enthusiasts could see e.g. Czech JAS-39 Gripen, Finnish F/A-18 Hornet, French Rafale, British Typhoon. A treat for the viewers was also the KC-135 air tanker from the Illinois National Guard, or the latest acquisition of the Air Force – the FA-50 plane with a white and red checkerboard.

During the event in Radom, historical machines as well as planes and helicopters of the Polish Air Force were presented: F-16, FA-50, MiG-29, Su-22, M-28, Sokół, M-346, C-295, C-295, 130 etc., as well as aircraft from abroad.

Exhibition of equipment and armaments

Military enthusiasts could also enjoy an exhibition of equipment and armament of all types of armed forces – from the Land Forces, through Special Forces, Territorial Defense Forces to the Navy, as well as the equipment of NATO allies – e.g. the first Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial systems, AW-101, S-70i helicopters. The exhibition also included a mock-up of the F-35 aircraft.

In addition, modern equipment recently purchased for the Polish Army was presented – including: K2 Czarna Pantera, M1A1 Abrams, K9 Thunder, systems – HIMARS, PATRIOT, PILICA and the new BWP Borsuk and BAOBAB-K.

International air shows in Radom are usually organized every two years. The last time the event was held in 2018, then it was attended by over 160,000 spectators. The five-year break was related to the pandemic and the expansion of the Warsaw-Radom airport. This year’s 17th edition is dedicated to the celebration of Aviation Day and the 90th anniversary of the successful flight of Capt. drink Stanisław Skarżyński on the Atlantic Ocean.

The organizer of the shows is the Military Property Agency and the General Command of the Branches of the Armed Forces

Main photo source: PAP/Radek Pietruszka



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