When Aviation blogger Matteo Sanzani reached Kecskemét Air Base to start his photo shoot of HuAF Gripen fighters, he was impressed with the fast paced activities that started at 9 am.
Matteo's plan was to get into an An-26, a twin-engined turboprop civilian and military transport aircraft, and take pictures of two Gripen fighters. Before the flight, Matteo discussed the position and maneuvers of Gripen, intersections etc. with the Chief of Flight Operations at the Air Base.
At noon, the transport plane and the Gripen fighters were airborne. After reaching the agreed altitude, the Gripen fighters got into their positions. Without wasting a minute, Matteo started taking pictures.
"The agility and power of the aircraft are amazing; during the maneuvers, in a second, the Gripen fighters were hundreds of meters away from the An-26,"Matteo noted.
After the shoot, Matteo talked to the Base Commander who gave him an overview of Hungarian Gripen's past, present and future activities. The Gripen Demo Team will perform at some of the most important European public events like Motril Airshow, AWACS 35th Anniversary, Air Tattoo, Sanicole Airshow and Ostrava Airshow, he said.
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