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CHECKSIX Journal - ISSUE 1/2024


  • MILITARY UNIT:  Kampfhubschrauberregiment 36
  • AIRSHOW:  Athens Flying Week 2023
  • EXERCISE:  USS Gerald. R. Ford
  • EXPO:  Dubai Airshow 2023 / UAE
  • COVERSTORY:  NATO Tiger Meet 2023
  • AIRSHOW:  Jesolo Airshow 2023 / Italy
  • etc.

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For the eleventh consecutive year (with one Corona-related exception), Athens Flying Week (AFW) took place on the weekend of September 2-3. The largest  
reviewed by Robert Kysela
In the dark days of 1940, the United Kingdom was reeling from the defeat of the British Expeditionary Force in France and the humiliation of the ...
 reviewed by Will Moore


During March the Royal Air Force hosted Exercise Cobra Warrior 23/1 at RAF Waddington on Lincolnshire, the first of two sessions of the now biannual event,  
reviewed by Gary Parsons
For aviation enthusiasts, museums are important meeting places. Regardless of whether the interest relates to technical or historical issues or whether it is  ...
 reviewed by Robert Kysela
Combat proven, battle tested – this is Boeing’s slogan for the latest variant of its APACHE attack helicopter (AH-64E, version 6). Boeing hits the nail on the head with this slogan 
reviewed by Rob Kysela

From September 9 to 11, 2022, Airshow London presented SkyDrive at the London International Airport (CYXU). This was the seventh instalment of this event since ...

reviewed by Shawn Clish
It was exactly 25 years ago when Hinterstoisser air base, located in Zeltweg, Styria, hosted its very first aviation event, this show was later to become known 
reviewed by Rob Kysela
After a two year absence due to Covid protection measures the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) made its comeback in style. The three day event held over the weekend ...
reviewed by Will Moore

On Saturday August 27, 2022, I had the pleasure of visiting the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre in East Kirkby, Lincolnshire, United 

reviewed by Shawn Clish

In 1947, the United States Air Force (USAF) was created through the National Security Act, thanks in part to the efforts of President Harry S. Truman. In 1997 ...

reviewed by Shawn Clish

FINOW Airshow 1997

The period from 1992 to 1998 can be called, from the point of view of an aircraft enthusiast, the Golden Age. Never before, and definitely never after, have there
reviewed by Rob Kysela
PIONEERING AEROSPACE – this was the motto under which the International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) opened its doors at Berlin Brandenburg Airport on June 22nd ...
reviewed by Rob Kysela

Willow Run Airport / Ypsilanti - USA

The 2022 edition of the THUNDER OVER MICHIGAN air show was held from July 15 to 17 at the Willow Run Airport (KYIP) southwest of Detroit. This annual 
reviewed by Shawn Clish & Rob Kysela
Every year on the Whitsun weekend, aviation enthusiasts have a must-attend event that draws thousands of fans from all over Europe to brave the nerve-wracking
reviewed by Rob Kysela

RAF Cosford / United Kingdom

As the UK and indeed the rest of the world struggles to get back to some normality after the Covid years, public events are making a comeback. After cancelling in 2020 and 
reviewed by Shawn Clish & Will Moore


From August 27-29, 2021, Airshow London once again presented SkyDrive, Canada’s original socially distant drive-in style air show, at the London International 

reviewed by Shawn Clish

Araxos AB / Greece

For as long as I have known about the NATO Tiger Association (NTA), I have been interested in their annual Tiger Meet.  Full of pageantry and tradition, this exercise 

reviewed by Shawn Clish


The development of defence technology was and is always characterised by the approach of being ahead of the enemy by the famous nose length. In the case 

reviewed by Rob Kysela 

United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Airshow has grown significantly since the very modest first show in 1989 and is now one of the preeminent events on the aviation …
reviewed by Shawn Clish

General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark

The specifications for the new fighter, initially entitled TFX (Tactical Fighter, Experimental), later to be renamed F-111, were originally based on …

reviewed by Rob Kysela & Rob Hynes

Ostrava, Czech Republic

Ostrava is located in the far north-east of the Czech Republic on the border with Poland. The civilian airport (Leoš Janáček Airport Ostrava) south of the 
reviewed by Robert Kysela

Moscow / Russian Federation

After a long rainy period I took advantage of a sunny day and its bright mixture of green, yellow and red autumn colors on the trees in Moscow.  I travelled  …

reviewed by Roman Bagrov

Tanagra Air Base, Greece

The 2021 edition of Athens Flying Week (AFW) was held at Tanagra Air Base (LGTG) on September 4th and 5th. Tanagra is located 55 kilometres north of Athens 

reviewed by Shawn Clish

Patriot Park - Kubinka / Russian Fed.

On the 22nd of August 2021 the massive military forum known as ARMY 2021 was conducted at Patriot Park in the Moscow region of Russia. This yearly event ended with.   …

reviewed by Roman Bagrov

Willow Run Airport, USA

On August 6 and 7, 2021, I was back at one of my favourite places in the United States, Willow Run Airport (KYIP) for the Thunder Over Michigan air show. Thunder  …

reviewed by Shawn Clish

Villeneuve Airport / Canada

On August 21 and 22, 2021, the Alberta International Airshow was held at the Villeneuve Airport (CZVL) just northwest of Edmonton. This was the fourth edition of this event  

reviewed by Shawn Clish

The current political situation, in particular the relationship between the NATO members and the Russian Federation and its President, Vladimir Putin, is increasingly 

reviewed by Rob Kysela

Wittman Regional Airport / USA

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. In 2021, the event was back after organizers were forced to cancel the show in 2020 due  

reviewed by Shawn Clish

Old Warden Aerodrome / UK

The year 2020/21 has been a difficult time for many both professionally and personally for a great many people all over the globe. Causing normal 

reviewed by Will Moore

International Aviation & Space Salon

From the 20th to the 25th of July 2021 the 15th International Aviation & Space Salon (MAKS) took place under some of the most difficult circumstances  
reviewed by Rob Kysela


On March 11, 2020, I boarded an Air Canada flight in Toronto and headed southwest to Las Vegas for a week-long trip that was to include Exercise Red Flag and, …

reviewed by Shawn Clish

Sukhoi Su-27/30/34/35 Family

Some airplanes become true legends in their own lifetime and one such aircraft to which this statement certainly applies to is the Sukhoi Su-27 (NATO Code: FLANKER) …
reviewed by Rob Kysela

Ontario / Canada

On September 12th and 13th, 2020, the team at Airshow London accomplished the (almost) impossible. Facing the most uncertain, challenging set of circumstances imaginable, …

reviewed by Shawn Clish


Thunder over Michigan / Ypsilanti

Today, Friday August 28, 2020, I am supposed to be at the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show enjoying the arrivals and practice day ahead of  …

reviewed by Shawn Clish


While the Central Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island is internationally renown for its beauty and outdoors lifestyle, it is also home to one of the largest events to   

reviewed by Rob Hynes


Patriot Park / Kubinka - Russia

For someone interested in Russian military aircraft, today they have the opportunity to visit numerous museums within Russia as well as some

reviewed by Rob Kysela


NAS North Island / 2010

United States Naval Aviation can trace it’s roots back to two important events that took place over a few months in 1910 and 1911.  First, on November 14, 1910, Eugene Ely  

reviewed by Shawn Clish

ARMY Forum 2018

Patriot Park / Kubinka - Russia

For the fourth year in a row the Russian armed forces, with industry support, conducted ARMY FORUM 2018 (known simply as ARMY 2018). As the largest joint 

reviewed by Rob Kysela


Grumman F-14 TOMCAT

Most pilots like to classify their favourite aircraft. Fighters are commonly known as hot, and if they are good looking they are often referred to as sexy 

reviewed by Rob Kysela


RIAT 2000 - RAF Cottesmore / UK

For the first time in 25 years the worlds biggest airshow did not take place on its original base at RAF Fairford due to construction working there, it was transferred to the  

reviewed by Rob Kysela



Sun, Rain, Wind and hot Jets could have been the motto for the 2000 USAFE show in mildenhall. The bitterly cold wind and frequent downpours made the weather

reviewed by Rob Kysela



On the 31st of August 1973 the first of two McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II landed at the Luftwaffe airbase in Wittmundhafen. Almost exactly 40 years later, …

reviewed by Rob Kysela



In cooperation with the Austrian broadcasting corporation ORF, several civilian co-organizers and the regional tourist office, the Austrian Air Force Base Hinterstoisser

reviewed by Rob Kysela


CFB Trenton / Canada

In June of 2016 Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton hosted the Quinte International Air Show (QIAS) with a theme centred around the British Commonwealth Air …

reviewed by Shawn Clish

Red FLAG 20-1


On Friday January 31st, 2020, I was fortunate enough to be able to spend the day outside Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, photographing the afternoon launch of exercise…

reviewed by Shawn Clish

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