On Friday, 3rd June 2011, airshow called Aviofun 2011 was held at Maribor airport in NE part of Slovenia. Organized by Slovenj Gradec based Aviofun private aviation company it was meant to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Slovenian Air Force and hence the slogan 20 flights for 20 years. Airshow promissed a lot but unfortunately things were not smooth and the last minute cancellations of DB-5 and Croatian MiG-21 removed two very interesting displays from the list of participants. I managed to get the press photo accreditation but unfortunately due to total mess in organizations and some irrational decisions I remained in the crowd and tried to enjoy the programme as much as I could. Unfortunately as has happened before, and this airshow was no exception, it is of utter importance to make the airshow last 8hrs – it’s ok at RIAT but not here with such a small list of participating aircraft… Why not make a 4 hour airshow and that one packed with nice flying displays without pauses? And of course Mother Nature had her own plans for that fateful Friday and supplied all kinds of weather – from bright sunshine to heavy downpour; and everything in between and thus making photography quite challenging.

Anyway here’s the first  part of my report – some of the civilian aircraft on display

A veteran Polikarpov Po-2

Another veteran  Aero-3

Light twin engined Tecnam P2006T in use by Aviofun

Another aircraft in Aviofun’s stable – SF.600 Canguro – only a handful were made

Cessna Citation Mustang C510 owned by one of the reachest people in Slovenia – Mirko Tus.

Slovenian Police Eurocopter EC-135 with power equipment for various patrol duties.

RedBull owned ex-military jet trainer Alpha Jet taking off just after the shower.

Serbian Soko G-2 Galeb – I’m sure there were quite some pilots in the crowd that used to fly this aircraft.

Republic of Srpska Cessna C525 CitationJet CJ1