CONFIRMED: This summer’s best air show will be …

… not here. As much as I’m digging getting buzzed by the only fly-able B-29 in the world here at Oshkosh AirVenture, it’s not the best air show in the world this summer — by far. Neither does that distinction belong to last month’s Paris Air Show, which was unusually bereft of debut appearances by military aircraft. No, that honour goes to the MAKS 2011 air show outside next month. Why? Read this.

The Sukhoi T-50 prototype of the fifth generation fighter PAK-FA programme will make its debut public appearance at MAKS 2011 next month at Zhukovsky airport near Moscow. Until now only a small handful of Russian and Indian dignitaries has officially witnessed the T-50 in person. Joining the PAK-FA prototype will be an interesting assortment of combat aircraft, including the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle and, I hope, the Sukhoi Su-35S. The biggest transport in the world, the AN-225, also will be on hand. I’m sure there will also be a few surprises nestled into exhibit halls and static areas.

Alas, your blogger will not be in attendance. I have to cover the AUVSI unmanned systems exhibition in Washington DC, which is also scheduled the week of 16 August. Flightglobal will be well represented, however, with magazine editor Murdo Morrison, Siva Govindasamy and David Kaminski-Morrow attending from our London office. Flightglobal’s excellent photographer, Tom Gordon, also will be capturing the event visually. I’d also love to hear updates from any DEW Line readers who happen to be at the show.  Dos ve danya?

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3 Responses to CONFIRMED: This summer’s best air show will be …

  1. John S. 27 July, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    No, that honour goes to the MAKS 2011 air show outside next month.
    Outside is usually the best place for an airshow…

    Did you mean to add “Moscow” somewhere in that sentence?

  2. jetcal1 27 July, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Ah, but you have a better chance of getting a cool ride at Oshkosh!

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