The International Sanicole Airshow (ISA) is the only civil airshow in Belgium which is organized annually. It all started with a very small “festival of stuntmen” in the mid-70s. Back then several thousand spectators enjoyed the show. During the 80s the show grew into a true international airshow with participants from the Netherlands, England, France, America, Jordan … and the ISA was one of the many annual air festivals in Belgium.
Also in the 90s, the airshow continued to grow and the ISA acquired fame abroad. Due to the higher demands posed upon the organization of an airshow, the ISA remained the sole annual airshow in Belgium by the end of the 90s.
When it comes to airshows, the ISA is considered the benchmark for innovation, safety and quality in Belgium and abroad. The ISA offers a spectacle for the entire family, covering all aspects of aviation: colorful teams, fast jets, old-timers, breathtaking aerobatics, helicopters, gliders, parachute demos, …
MAKS (Russian: МАКС, short for: Международный авиационно-космический салон, romanized: Mezhdunarodnyj aviatsionno-kosmicheskij salon, lit. ‘”International Aviation and Space Show”‘) is an international air show held at Zhukovsky International Airport, the home of the Gromov Flight Research Institute in Zhukovsky, 40 km (25 mi) southeast of Moscow, Russia. The event was organized by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade until 2009, more recently by the Government of Moscow and Aviasalon. The first show, Mosaeroshow-92, was held in 1992. Since 1993, the air show was renamed as MAKS and is held biennially on odd years.
MAKS is an important event for the Russian aviation industry and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Although it started mainly as an entertainment event, the show soon became a marketplace where Russian aerospace companies could negotiate export contracts and Russian air carriers could make foreign contacts.
Background and history The air show’s history traces back to 1911, when one was held in Mikhailovskiy Square in Saint Petersburg. The Soviet Union held annual air shows on the Tushino Airfield in Moscow 22 years later. Its history in Zhukovskiy, however, began much later with the Engineering Show by the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) in 1990. The objective of the MAKS air show is to demonstrate leading technologies and to open up the Russian aerospace industry to the international market. A large portion of the show is dedicated to holding scientific conferences and symposia, under the auspices of Russia’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute. The air show is held in the city of Zhukovsky, at Zhukovsky International Airport, which is the home of the Gromov Flight Research Institute. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, many aviation companies eventually moved to Zhukovsky, using the Gromov Flight Research Institute’s airfield for MosAeroShow-92 held on 11–16 August 1992. A second show was held in 1993, now renamed MAKS. Since then the air show has been held biannually. It lasts for six days, three of which are open to the general public. Most of previous MAKS air shows were systematic: it usually opens with the attendance of the President of Russia, followed by company talks, and concludes with aircraft demonstrations by aerobatic teams such as the Russian Knights, Swifts, and the foreign Patrouille de France as well as Frecce Tricolori. (source Wikipedia)
The three-day event (19-21 July) based at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, will host aircraft displays from over 28 military air arms and more than 20 different nations; rivalling last year’s hugely popular event which welcomed 185,000 visitors to celebrate the Royal Air Force’s centenary.
Head of Marketing Helen Webb said “It’s great that so many people that visited for the first-timelast year have bought tickets again and the Saturday of the Air Tattoo has sold out faster than in 2018. Both Friday 19 and Sunday 21 July still have some availability, but we anticipate these will also be sold out before the event. If people want to see the world’s best aircraft and pilots, they really need to book their tickets as soon as possible.”
Visitors on Friday will be able to enjoy a special 70th anniversary flypast from operational aircraft in NATO member nations.Aircraft taking part include Belgian Air Component’s LM F-16AM, the German Air Force’s Eurofighter EF2000s, A400M and Tornado strike aircraft, the Royal Danish Air Force’s F-16 fighters, the United States Air Force’s F-15 aircraft from RAF Lakenheath and the Royal Air Force’s Typhoon jets.
Other exciting aircraft taking part in aerial displays at this summer’s airshow include the iconic Spanish Navy Harrier, the Royal Jordanian Falcons, the Swiss F/A-18C Hornet, Italian Air Force’s Typhoon, C-27J Spartan transporter, the Ukrainian Su-27UB ‘Flanker’ and the RAF’s F-35.
There will also be a variety of aircraft on the ground for close-up viewing. The impressive static display will feature an Austrian C-130K Hercules, two of the Belgian Air Force’s F-16s, the Danish EH-101 Merlin and The Royal Canadian Air Force’s CP-140 Aurora and C-130H Hercules.
In addition to showcasing aircraft from across the globe, this year, the airshow is turning its spotlight to space to celebrate 50 years since the first moon landing.
The airshow’s theme, Air and Space: Inspiring the Next Generation Air Force looks at some of the exciting ways organisations are reaching out into space and has attracted a whole universe of innovative exhibitors, including Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and British astronaut Major Tim Peake who will be visiting for the first time.
He said: “I’ve been wanting to attend the Royal International Air Tattoo for some time and this year’s ‘Space’ theme presented the perfect opportunity. I’m really looking forward to it!”
History of the Royal International Air Tattoo:
The first Air Tattoo was staged at North Weald Airfield in Essex in 1971, with just over 100 aircraft taking part. The event was founded by Paul Bowen and Timothy Prince, who were CAA air traffic controllers, and Air Marshal Sir Denis Crowley-Milling. From 1973 to 1983 it was held intermittently at RAF Greenham Common, initially under the title of the Royal Air Forces Association, South Eastern Area, Air Tattoo before moving to RAF Fairford in 1985. The show became the International Air Tattoo in 1976, and recognition of its unique status was granted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, when the current Royal International Air Tattoo title was adopted. The show took place at Fairford every two years until it became an annual show from 1993. Due to redevelopment work at RAF Fairford the show was held at RAF Cottesmore, Rutland in 2000 and 2001. Guinness World Records have recognized RIAT 2003 as the world’s largest ever military airshow, with 535 aircraft in attendance. In 2014 224 aircraft from 32 air arms were on display. The event has had a number of air show firsts, including the first display and landing of the B-2A Spirit stealth bomber outside the United States of America during the 1997 “50 Years of the USAF” event and in 2008 the first landing of the Lockheed F-22 Raptor in Europe. The show is a showcase for the world’s military, and has become an important precursor to the Farnborough Airshow, which takes place a week after RIAT, every ‘even’ year. It allows the military aerospace industry to display and present its products outside the commercial pressures of the Farnborough show. (source Wikipedia).