Armenia 2009Back to Country
Date: 20-21 June 2009
Static: FAC1257 C212-200 nmks FAC5055 Ce208-675 GRUCO 51 FAC5743 PA-42-720 CATAM FAC2320, FAC2330 T-34A/285 GRUEA FAC2333 T-34A/285 GRUEA FAC2119 T-37B ESCOM 116 FAC2419 T-41D(F) EMAVI FAC5115 U-6A GRUEA PNC-0150 UH-1H i/a (travelling exhibit) HK-835-G PA-18A Juaquin Alb. Guzman HK-1175 C-47A Air Colombia HK-2648 H369D Aeroejec. Antioaquia HK-2669 DHC-6-300 ADA HK-2973-G CeT303 Albeiro Isaza Molina HK-3200-G Ce208 Aerocivil HK-3641-G PA-60-601P Liazardo Alvararez HK-4212-G PA-34-220T Mundo Slot HK-4377-G Beech 58P Baron 58 HK-4432 DHC-8-201Q Aires HK-4467, HK-4468 Fokker 50 Avianca HK-4469, HK-4580 Fokker 50 Avianca HK-4490 PA-34-200T Bernardo Gomez HK-4491, HK-4539 DHC-8-Q202 Aires HK-4502, HK-4503 BAe4101 EasyFly HK-4551 BAe4101 EasyFly HK-4570-G PA-34-220T HK-4595 PA-34-200T private HK-4610-X Beech 1900D TAC HK-4628-G Beech 60 private Flying only: FAC3040, FAC3044 Kfir C7 ESCOM 111 FAC3047 Kfir C7 ESCOM 111 FAC2120, FAC2128 T-37B ESCOM 116 FAC2130 T-37B ESCOM 116 FAC4403 UH-1H-II CACOM 4 EJC2186 UH-60L BatAv. No.2 HK-4398 BAe3201 ADA Preserved: (no serial) MU-2 Colombian AF c/s The Colombian city of Armenia was again the scenario for an- other edition of the Armenia's International Air Festival. This edition of the Festival, the 20th one, was more special for vari- ous reasons. The organization celebrated the Colombian Air Force's 90th anniversary, the city's 120th anniversary and the new name of International Airport. On Saturday, during the of- ficial ceremony, a Fokker 50 of Avianca took off and made a low pass over the new control tower making the National Anthem a very exciting moment. Minutes after the ceremony, a group of three T-34s from the Escuela Militar de Aviación, came over the runway with great coordination. Seconds later, the amazing sound of three Kfir C7s from Palanquero AFB astonished the crowd making the great low passes and maneuvers that the Colombian Air Force pilots are used to do on every air show. Also from Palanquero AFB, a group of three Tweet T-37 jet trainers arrived to the airport making amazing maneuvers and leaving the Festival with the applause of the crowd. The Beaver and T-41 of Colombian Air Force took off and made some for- mation low passes with the sound of the piston engines making the day for the spectators. The air force participation on the Festival ended with the jump of the parachuting exhibition team Águila de Gules from a C-212-200. During this day a group of civilian aircraft also made extreme maneuvers showing to the crowd the excellent training of the Colombian civilian pilots. One of the highlights of the day was the participation of the parachuting team Águilas de Humo arriving from Villavicencio on board a mighty DC-3 that parked on the ramp making the place seem very elegant. During the second and final day, the exhibitions were in charge of the private pilots with a short par- ticipation of Colombian Air Force. An UH-1H helicopter from Palanquero AFB made some low passes, not over the runway, but directly over the crowd. Afterwards, a Tweet T-37 took of and made some low passes and maneuvers before heading to its home base. Meanwhile, the mighty DC-3 took of with more than 30 parachutes on board than jumped and filled the sky with their colors. The thrilling moment of the day arrived after a second DC-3 participation. Before landing, the aircraft made a low pass with a high steep climb. After the DC-3, a group of sport aircrafts, including a crop sprayer, made some acrobatic maneuvers that leaded for another DC-3 low pass and a great exhibition in charge of the president of the Colombian Air Civil Patrol on board a Piper Aerostar that made the lowest passes of the day and some rolls over the crowd that cheered the pilot once in ground. The last exhibition of the day was in charge of the FAC's Beaver and T-41. After their show, the rain came over the airport around 3:00 pm and this led to the end of the Festival. Another great edition of this Festival, the oldest in Co- lombia, ended here. Again, the friendship of pilots, visitors and aviation enthusiast was seen during the two days of the shows, making of this, maybe not the biggest, but surely one of the most friendly and pleasant festivals in Colombia.