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Date: 16 September 2008
Static/Flying: 1094, 1098 S-70A-24A EA.101 AMHP-150 AS565MB nmks Flying: 3612, 3613 C-130E EA.302 3614, 3615 C-130K EA.302 3617 C-130K-30 EA.302 1582, 1583, 1584 CH-53-2000 EA.104 4505, 4506, 4507 F-5E EA.401 4508, 4509 F-5E EA.401 4501 F-5F EA.401 3011, 3014 IAI101B EA.301 3016 IAI102 EA.301 3005, 3006 IAI201 EA.301 1131, 1132, 1136 MD530F EA.112 1155 MD530MG EA.112 1709, 1712, 1713 Mi-8MTV-1 EA.303 1714 Mi-8MTV-1 EA.303 2509, 2519, 2532 PC-7 EA.201 2549, 2556, 2557 PC-7 EA.201 2561 PC-7 EA.201 2516, 2520, 2525 PC-7 EA.204 2564, 2567, 2568 PC-7 EA.204 2570, 2571, 2572 PC-7 EA.204 2501, 2522, 2553 PC-7 nn 2560 +2 PC-7 nn 6530, 6535, 6536 PC-7 EscAvanzado 6546, 6566, 6574 PC-7 EscAvanzado 6575, 6577, 6578 PC-7 EscAvanzado 6579, 6580, 6581 PC-7 EscAvanzado 6582, 6583, 6585 PC-7 EscAvanzado 6586, 6587, 6588 PC-7 EscAvanzado AMHP-151 AS565MB nmks AMHP-102, AMHP-105 Bo105CBS-5 nmks AMP-113, AMP-117 C212-400 PRIESCPATMAR AMP-118 C212-400 PRIESCPATMAR AMA-301, AMA-302 L-90TP PRIESCINTREC AME-304 L-90TP PRIESCINTREC AMP-160 Lancair IVP PRIESCAMET AMP-162, AMP-164 Lanc Super ES nmks AMHT-217, AMHT-219 Mi-8MTV-1 nmks AMHT-220, AMHT-221 Mi-8MTV-1 nmks As usual, Mexico celebrated its independence with a traditional large parade over Mexico City on 16 September. All aircraft operated from nearby Santa Lucia, where most serials were noted during take-off and landing. Refer to our airfield guide for specific vantage spots at this airfield. A huge flock of no less than forty PC-7s participated this year, taken from various operational units, as well as the FAM academy. Training for the event had already started mid-August at Santa Lucia, with exercises involving both air force and navy aircraft held for the first time! Our local correspondents managed to fly on board of one of the CH-53s during the parade, which was plagued by a low cloud base this year. Participating aircraft made several passes over downtown Mexico City where thousands of troops marched by. Visiting Mexican Air Force units seems nearly impossible nowadays, so attending the independence parade practises at Santa Lucia is probably your best opportunity to score a good load of Mexican aircraft and/or make some decent pictures. The static was situated at downtown Mexico City’s central Zocalo. It is not known where the static aircraft operated from.