ADAZHI AIRFIELD AND AEROCLUB TURNS 15!
On July 30, the Adazi Aeroclub together with the Adazi airfield celebrated their 15th anniversary by arranging a grand celebration for everyone!
Both local pilots and our guests from different countries took part in the flight program. The audience enjoyed the performances of the Lithuanian aerobatic team ANBO, who performed on three Yak-50s, throwing a grandiose show with pyrotechnics. Anatoly Perekriostov, flight school “First Fly” instructor, showed what a light aircraft is capable of in skilled hands, and demonstrated the beauty and grace of flight on the Aeroprakt A22 aircraft. The audience had a unique opportunity to see the solo performance of one of the pilots of the Baltic Bees aerobatic team on the L-39 Albatros aircraft, to feel the speed of 900 km/h at a distance of just a few meters. The program also included display flight performed by pilots on Extra 330LX (one of the best acrobatic aircraft in the world) with their acrobatic programs, Pitts M-12 Monster biplane, a Slingsby T67M-200 and a couple of RV8 aircraft.
The most grateful and admiring audience were, of course, the children! In delight, with their eyes to the sky, they looked at the mastery of our pilots, and for sure on that day the dream of flying was born in many hearts! For children, there was a children's cafe, trampolines, as well as a drone school. The highlight of the program for children was the traditional “candy rain” from an airplane for our airfield.
During the whole day, an exposition of historical aircraft was opened for our viewers. This year, 3 historical aircraft were presented - and 2 of them arrived on their own! A 1947 Piper flew to visit our celebration from the Czech Republic, the legendary Lituanica is a replica of the Bellanca Peacemaker aircraft, on which Lithuanian pilots flew from New York to Kaunas in 1933 for a distance record. The third aircraft and the most interesting was Bleriot XI, a reconnaissance aircraft of the early 20th century, on which the French aviator Louis Bleriot crossed the English Channel for the first time in the history of aviation in 1909. Our friend aviator ValentinsVasjaks and his friend Jurijs Erminass began work on creating a replica of this unique aircraft several years ago. Unfortunately, Valentins died in a car accident, but his work lives on, and Jurijs, together with the Adazi aeroclub and the Adazi airfield, continue to create a copy of the aircraft.
In total, there were more than 50 different aircrafts at the festival! In the middle of the day, the spectators had an access to all aircrafts, there was an opportunity to chat with the pilots, sit inside and take a closer look. Of course, children were especially happy about this, but, according to our observations, some adults also turned into children with pleasure and sat down in the cockpit with delight. At the end of the day, our pilots gave a ride to those who wished during panoramic flights.
The armed forces of Latvia and NATO also took part in the program, an exposition of military equipment was presented. Paratroopers of the armed forces showed their skills in jumping from an AN-2 aircraft, one of them congratulated the audience with a jump with a huge 9-meter airfield flag!
The highlight of the program was the congratulations to the guests from the Adazi aeroclub, which proved that together we can not only fly - see the congratulations below in the video.
Thanks to everyone who took part in our celebration, special thanks to the children's ensembles from Adazi - Ādažu Bungotavas Bundzinieki, Twin Hip Hop Crew for their wonderful performances, as well as our volunteers for helping to organize the holiday.
We look forward to see you all at our next events!