NATO Days, the largest military-security parade in Central Europe, began on Saturday at the airport near the Czech village of Mošnov in the Nový Jičín region.
The event will receive military, rescue and security forces from 17 countries. Sweden is a special partner country this year.
Due to the measures taken against the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19, it is necessary to secure a ticket in advance, while physical entry to this two-day event is free, as usual. Only service fee must be paid.
Tickets are issued in name and all visitors must prove that they have been infected in accordance with applicable hygiene regulations. The test cannot be performed on site. In the past, the coveted event was attended by nearly 200,000 people on both days.
Last year, NATO days should have been spectators at this event due to the unfavorable epidemiological situation; People can watch the program on TV and on the Internet. This year, the number of spectators is limited to a maximum of 40,000 spectators per day.
“35,000 tickets were used on Saturday and 20,000 on Sunday, but I think the Sunday edition will increase,” wrote Zbyněk Pavlačík, president of the Jagello 2000 association organizing the event.
The days of NATO began with a joint jump of Czech and Polish paratroopers with flags.
The main attractions of this year’s event are the MQ-9 Reaper drone and the F-35 Lightning II fighter, which are equipped with the latest technology. The second named machine has been surrounded by aviation personnel since morning.
“This is a historic event not only for Mošnov Airport, which became the first in the countries of the V4 group, where a fifth-generation aircraft has landed,” says Pavlačík.
Complementing the aircraft mentioned in the static demonstrations are, for example, the V-22 Osprey conversion aircraft, the C-5M Super Galaxy giant transport aircraft or the AH-64 Apache, UH-1Y Venom and AH-1Z Viper helicopters.
The dynamic demonstrations in the air are dominated by F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters from ZEUS (Greece) and SOLOTÜRK (Turkey), as well as JAS 39C Gripen fighters from the Czech Republic, Hungary and Sweden.
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