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Breathtaking spectacle in air

posted on 06/02/2011: 2124 views



Spectators came in droves to watch the ninth Al Ain Aerobatic Show after it opened on Friday amidst clear blue skies. The ground adjacent to the Oasis City's International Airport, started filling up since 9 in the morning. After a delay of two days, the pilots were more than eager to show-off their stunts to the expectant audience from several emirates.

The aerobatic show started off with the FAI Desert Challenge arranged by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, the international governing body for air sports. The first ever competitive aerobatics featured six of the world's best pilots executing compulsory formations designed by the judges. After the breath-taking challenge, ‘Otto the Helicopter', the clown-faced Hughes TH-55 Osageone, entertained the crowd by blowing bubbles and creating giant yo-yo antics, much to the delight of the younger spectators.

British national, Luke Somanader, 6, from Dubai sat spell-bound as he watched Otto's feat. "I liked the way he went around and down, and when he picked up the yo-yo,” he enthused.

More than 25 aircrafts took to the skies on the show's opening day, including some of the world's best formation teams. Spectators were treated to gravity-defying stunts featuring wing-walkers, subsonic jets and choreographed ‘dancers in the sky'. Alongside the aerobatic squadrons from the national air forces, star attractions included the Baltic Bees from Latvia, Team Viper's Hawker Hunter supersonic fighter jets and many of the world's best solo pilots, including Abu Dhabi global ambassador Hannes Arch with his stunning new ‘Rhythm & Air' routine at sunset. The world's most enthralling military jets, from the lightening-quick Dassault Mirage 2000, capable of speeds of Mach 2.2 (2,333km/h), to the F-16E Fighting Falcon, a firm Hollywood blockbuster favourite added to excitement. "We're on holiday and it was timely that the aerobatic show happened while we're here,” said Michael Levett who is on a visit to the UAE from UK.

Across the site, wide screens were installed at strategic locations to ensure that families had a good time.

Other activities included hot air balloon rides, go-karting, kite-making, bubble workshops and a special photographic competition for visitors under the age of 19. A static display of state-of-the-art military aircraft and helicopters, model aircraft displays, stilt-walkers, magicians and roaming entertainers such as the ever-popular magazine character Majid, a favourite of children across the Middle East, and the Friendly Pilot Bear making a debut appearance as the show's family-friendly symbol, made the show a family entertainer. The Al Ain Aerobatic Show, held under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, will run till today, with gates opening at 9am. Show tickets are Dh40 per adult and Dh20 for children between three and 10 years old. Children under three enter free. – Khaleej Times

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