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Three generations of pure power

A first for AIRPOWER: all of the jets ever to serve with the Austrian Armed Forces in a single group formation.

At 11am all of the jets ever to serve with the Armed Forces will be flying overhead in the "Historic Jet Formation". 

This family gathering will be one of the day's highlights: a group display in the Styrian skies including every type of jet ever to have served with the Austrian Air Force. These seven aircraft have never been seen together in the skies:

 

  • the De Havilland D.H. 115 Vampire – this pioneer of jet propulsion was operated by the Austrian Armed Forces from 1957 to 1972.
  • the twin-engine Fouga CM.170 Magister, in service in Austria between 1959 and 1972; a second example is also on display at the Militärluftfahrtmuseum on the air base.
  • the Saab 29 Tunnan (the last airworthy in the world) – this aircraft served the Armed Forces well between 1961 and 1972.
  • the Saab 35 Draken (Europe’s last airworthy example), which ushered in the era of professional air surveillance in Austria and flew from 1987 until 2005.
  • the Saab 105OE, which has been a cornerstone of the Air Force since 1970.
  • the Northrop F-5E Tiger II, in use in over thirty air forces – including the Austrian Air Force from July 2005 until June 2008.
  • and of course the Eurofighter Typhoon, which has been monitoring and safeguarding Austrian air space since 2007.

 

 

 

  • © Andreas Macher
    © Andreas Macher