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F-35 stealth fighter to perform flyover at Estonian air show

BC, Tallinn, 11.07.2019.Print version

A F-35 stealth fighter of the US Air Force will perform a flyover over the air show held at the Amari Air Base on Saturday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Estonian Air Force.

F-35, which has a maximum speed of over 1,900 kilometers per hour, is capable of performing the functions of air superiority fighter, reconnaissance aircraft and tactical bomber. The plane is armed with a 25mm GAU-22/A four-barrel Gatling gun and two air-to-air and two air-to-ground missiles. It has additional mounts below the wings for two missiles or bombs, informed LETA/BNS. 

In total over 30 airborne assets of Estonian and allied units will be on display at the show. Among others, performances will be given by the Polish aerobatics team Orlik and Estonian aerobatic pilot Juri Kaljundi on a Pitts S-2A biplane, as well as a F-16 Fighting Falcon of the Danish Air Force painted in the livery of the Danish flag on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of Dannebrog, the flag of Denmark.  

The display on the ground will include over 30 units of airborne equipment, including a NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft and an Apache attack helicopter of the UK. Nearly half of the 30 aircraft will participate in first-class air aerobatics displays during Saturday's show, organizers said.  

"The air show at Amari is an event staged for the people of Estonia in the first place, where we will display the aircraft with the help of which we are protecting our airspace together with allies," said the commander of the Estonian Air Force, Col. Riivo Valge. He added that the family event, the biggest popular event staged by the Air Force in five years, will offer plenty of activity for big and small aviation fans alike. 

The air base will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All visitors will be required to present a valid identity document. Due to high noise levels, it is inadvisable to bring infants to the event, and children are strictly advised to wear noise-cancelling headphones.

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