PICTURES: Serbian air force marks centenary

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Held at Batajnica air base near Belgrade on 2 September, the Serbian air force's centennial air show attracted visiting aircraft from Russia and the Italian and US air forces, along with flight demonstrations involving the host nation's assets.

Highlights included a formation of five of the Serbian air force's newly-delivered Utva Lasta trainers, a tactical demonstration involving four Soko J-22 Oraos and six Soko G-4 Super Galebs, and a mock dogfight involving two RAC MiG-29s and a MiG-21, along with solo displays.

serbian air force mig 29 & usaf f-16 igor salinger
mock dogfight involving two serbian air force rac mig-29s and a mig-21 igor salinger
serbian air force utva lasta trainers igor salinger

Igor Salinger

On the ground, former adversaries in 1999's Allied Force conflict lined up side by side, with a USAF Lockheed Martin F-16C from Aviano AFB in Italy parked alongside a Serbian air force MiG-29.

With future procurement needs in mind, the event also attracted Airbus Military, Eurocopter, Eurofighter and MDBA.