Zapopan 2008Back to Country
Date: 10 February 2008
Static: 1582 CH-53-2000 EA.101 4503 F-5E EA.401 4502 F-5F EA.401 1708, 1713 Mi-8MTV-1 EA.303 6580, 6585 PC-7 EscAvanzado 2601, 2602 PC-9M EscInstructores 6077, 6092 PT-13/17 EscInstructores 1098 S-70A-24A EA.101 Flightlines: 3504 B727-14F EA.302 3507 B727-264 EA.302 TP-03/XC-LJG B737-322 CGTAP 5486 + 3 Ce182S EA.105 (1x) C-26A EVA 3614 +1 C-130K EA.302 (2x) IAI Arava EA.301 Flying (only): 1413, 1418, 1424 Bell 212 EA.111 3616, 3617 C-130K-30 EA.302 * 4505 F-5E EA.401 4506 F-5E EA.401 4501 F-5F EA.401 6104, 6112, 6113 F260EU EscPrimario 6115, 6122, 6123 F260EU EscPrimario 6124, 6130 F260EU EscPrimario 3611 L-100-30 EA.302 * 1710, 1716, 1718 Mi-8MTV-1 EA.303 1720 Mi-8MTV-1 EA.303 2502, 2514, 2516 PC-7 nn 2557, 6531, 6565 +14 PC-7 nn 6079, 6089, 6098 PT-13/17 EscInstructores Preserved: 796 AT-6 near tower 808 AT-6 monument BHB-1525 AT-11 near college EBP-315 Beech M19A on patio 1162 Bell 206B near flightline 523 PC-7 monument EPS-101 PT-17 monument 945 T-28A near college JE-047 T-33A near college 13 Vampire F3 near college Beside the Mexican independence parade on 16 September, the anniversary of the Fuerza Aérea Mexicana on 10 February is another great opportunity to watch Mexican military aircraft in action. A parade was held over BAM5 Zapopan near Guadalajara, home of the Colegio del Aire, the air force academy. Guest of honour was President Felipe Calderón, accompanied by his Secretary of Defence. The event featured around seventy aircraft; about half of these were visitors from other bases. Aircraft started to arrive about 3 days prior to the parade to participate in rehearsals. The Herks operated from nearby Guadalajara airport, while other aircraft landed after their performance, and their locations may have changed during the day. Viewing the parade from the static area and parade grounds was hindered by backlight, but the airfi eld has a few good spots near both runway ends as well from where decent pictures could be made.