Air Show Radom. 2023

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Air Show Radom. 2023 year.

On August 26-27, 2023, the 17th edition of the Air Show took place in Radom. The organizer was the Military Property Agency, in cooperation with the General Command of the Branches of the Armed Forces. The previous Air Shows took place in 2018, five years ago. Although in 2021, there was an Open Barracks Day in Radom.

KIA FA-50 accompanied by MiG-29. 2023 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman
KIA FA-50 accompanied by MiG-29. 2023 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman

4 Leonardo M-346 Bielik aircraft. 2023 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman
4 Leonardo M-346 Bielik aircraft. 2023 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman

F-16 nb E-191 Royal Danish Air Force RDAF. 2023 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman
F-16 nb E-191 Royal Danish Air Force RDAF. 2023 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman

The venue of the event was Radom Sadków Airport, belonging to the 4th Aviation Wing of the Polish Air Force, and the host was the 42nd Training Aviation Base (name since January 1, 2011). Previously, the 2nd Aviation Training Center and the 1st Airport Command were located here, which were the heirs of the 60th Training Regiment. Currently, PZL-130 Orlik and PZL M-28 Bryza aircraft are based at Sadków Airport. Training for multi-role and transport aircraft is carried out here. The airport is the seat of the "Orlik" aerobatic team. The co-user of Sadków Airport is Radom Airport, which has its own terminal here. Since 2023, the Warsaw-Radom Airport has been operating here, which records a dynamic increase in commercial transport.

Since 2005, Air Show Radom has been held every two years, i.e. in odd years. Since 2018 was a special year, not only for Polish Aviation, but also for the Republic of Poland, therefore it was planned to cancel the 2017 edition. Only thanks to the Minister of National Defense, Antoni Macierewicz, the event took place in 2017 and another in 2018.

Tickets for Air Show Radom could be purchased online or at ticket offices before the event. The prices were as follows: a normal one-day ticket PLN 70 for Saturday and PLN 60 for Sunday. The city authorities of Radom provided additional public transport. Additional municipal car parks have been organized. Parking spaces on private properties were also provided by their owners, at the price of PLN 50 per day. There were four entrances to the airport. The weather was perfect both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday the temperature was a maximum of 30 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature on Sunday was 27 degrees Celsius. There was no rain. The airport gates opened at 09:00. The event ended at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For us, the highlight of the show was the KIA FA-50 training and combat aircraft.

About 150 aircraft presented themselves in the air and on their stands. 19 countries participated. Historical and modern aircraft were presented. The star of the show was the Patrouille Suisse team from Switzerland on Northrop F-5E Tiger II aircraft. We could already admire this band in Radom. A novelty was the night show, which took place on Saturday, from 19:00 to 21:00.

Air shows.

The P-51 D Mustang aircraft, registration OO-PSI PZ-413737, which was demonstrated in the air every day. Replica of the RWD-8 aircraft, registration SP-ADM. Piper Cub nb M-57 plane. Belfast Flying Team. Replica of the RWD-5 aircraft, registration SP-AJU, rebuilt after the accident and painted silver with red accessories. Previously it was painted blue - silver. DeHawiland DHC-1 Chipmunk nb WD-322 aircraft. T-6 Harvard nb RAIX aircraft. Gyrocopter TERCEL registration SP-XGLI. Two PZL TS-11 Iskra aircraft nb 1214 and nb 1402. Two PZL M-28 Bryza transport aircraft nb 0204 and nb 0211. Bolkow BO-105 helicopter. Aerobatic plane Zivko Edge 540 registration SP-YLC Red Bull Team — pilot Mr. Łukasz Ciepiela. Two Alpha Jet Red Bull Team training and combat aircraft. Team Orlik, 6 PZL-130 Orlik aircraft. It started in threes.

The parade began with the landing of 19 parachutists with flags of the participants of the Air Show Radom. The parade consisted of; 4 school helicopters. 4 PZL Mi-2 "Czajnik" helicopters. 4 PZL W-3 Sokol helicopters. 3 Mil Mi-8/Mi-17 helicopters. Group of 4 helicopters: Anakonda, Mi-14, Mi-17, Black Hawk. Helicopters for VIP transport: 1 Mil Mi-8 and 2 PZL W-3 Sokół. 6 Diamond DA-20, Diamond DA-42 training aircraft. 6 PZL-130 Orlik aircraft. 4 PZL M-28 Bryza aircraft. C-130 Hercules formation + 3 CASA 295M aircraft. Gulfstream Aerospace 550 Gulfstream formation + 2 M-346 Bielik aircraft. Formation Boeing B.737-800 BBJ2 + 2 F-16 Jastrząb aircraft. 4 Leonardo M-346 Bielik aircraft. 3 Sukhoi Su-22 aircraft. 3 MiG-29 aircraft. 4 Lockheed Martin F-16 Jastrząb aircraft. KIA FA-50 aircraft.

Then there was a simulation of an attack on ground targets by two Sukhoi Su-22 aircraft. KIA FA-50 aircraft show. Three PZL M-18 Dromader aircraft with registrations SP-ZUD, SP-ZUG, SP-ZWG. One plane dropped a water bomb, and the other two dropped with a smudge, creating the national colors of Poland. SAAB JAS-39 Gripen Czech Republic nb 9242 combat aircraft. Bush Cat. Historical fighter aircraft; SB Lim-2 nb 006, Lim-2 nb 602. F-16 multi-role aircraft Greece Zeus Demo Team with commentary by a member of the demo team. Żelazny aerobatic group; 3 Zlin-50 aircraft. The group demonstrated new figures; dron and chased. Leonardo M-346 Bielik plane nb 7712, dynamic show. PZL SW-4 Puszczyk helicopter. AW-101 helicopter in Polish colors. Aerobatic plane Bird GB-1 pilot Mr. Artur Kielak. Extra 300SC aerobatic plane, pilot Mr. Marek Choim. F/A-18 Finland multi-role multi-role aircraft. Multi-role aircraft F-16 nb E-191 Royal Danish Air Force RDAF. Multi-role aircraft Lockheed Martin F-16 Tiger Demo Team Poland. Belgian Air Force F-16 Solo display. KIA FA-50 aircraft show. Typhoon Display Team. AH-1 Cobra helicopter. Callfast Fly Team 4 Morane Socata aircraft. 3AT3 Demonstration Team; Mr. Michał Suliński, Mr. Andrzej Żabkin, Mr. Piotr Krasiński. PZL An-2 aircraft. AW-149 helicopter. AW-109 helicopter. PZL W-4 Sokol helicopter, Czech Republic. Eurofighter Typhoon. Patrouille Suisse 6 Northrop F-5 Tiger aircraft.

Dynamic demonstration of SAR rescue using a helicopter. There was a race; plane - car F1. There was a night show, from 19:30 to 21:00.

Written by Karol Placha Hetman