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This week, the 25th edition of the Czech International Air Fest took place at Hradec Kralove airport. According to the organizers, there were approximately 40 aircrafts participating in the event, which meant the significant drop comparing the 2017 edition of CIAF.

Due to severe weather conditions on Saturday, only 2,000 visitors arrived at the event area and also the airshow programme was markedly shortened. The weather cleared on Sunday and the organizers were reporting 10,000 visitors that day.

In this short, first report from the event, we would like to share some photos taken during the Friday arrivals to CIAF and some rehearsal flights performed that day.

The morning arrival of the Ukrainian Air Force wiht the amazing low pass over the airport runway.

Ilyushin Il-76MD was one of the most attention-attracting aircrafts of CIAF 2018.

The Ukrainian Air Force Su-27 ´Flanker´ is taking off for the rehearsal flight.

Su-27 and the display pilot Colonel Oleksandr Oksanchenko.

Aero L-39 Albatros from the Baltic Bees aerobatic group.

Baltic Bees during the Friday rehearsal display…

…and returning to their parking position.

One of two Short S-312 Tucano T1, Royal Air Force, that were available at the static display.

Another arrival for the static display – Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4, 6th Sqdn. Royal Air Force.

Antonov An-2, Heritage of Flying Legends – one of three An-2 participating in CIAF 2018.