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Friday, November 25, 2005

Dubai Air Show 2005

Just thought of sharing with you a few snapshots from the event ...

AH-64 Apache helicopter gunship - The one in this photo belongs to the
UAE Air Force and was engaged in real combat situations in Kosovo

The magnificent SAAB Gripen, star of the airshow... too bad
the Swedish don't make cars that look that good!
(i took the first photo, the second is from SAAB website)

F16 Fighting Falcon - jewel of the UAE Air force.
The original F-16 was designed in 1984 as a lightweight air-to-air day fighter. It proved itself for
superior multi-role responsibilities transformed the first production F-16s into multi-role fighters

F15 Eagle. Tactical fighter that played a major roll in operation desert storm (KSA AIR FORCE). Known for its extreme maneuverability advantages and for its ability to gain and maintain air superiority.

A10 Fairchild Thunderbolt, commonly known as the Warthog . Low speed close
land support tank and unit grounds hunter. Its Gatling gun in
front has the capacity of firing up to 4200 rounds/min.

MIG 29 Fulcrum, excellent maneuverability and control at subsonic speeds. Designed for Air-to-air combat with air to ground mission capabilities. Got very bad publicity after constantly being shutdown during gulf war II (I blame the iraqi pilots for that).

Front: US Navy E-2C Hawk-eye AWAC - for early warning and sky surveillance.
This aircraft is
designed to operate on aircraft carriers.
Back: Lockheed C-5 Galaxy: heavy logistics transport aircraft. Can travel from Baghdad to Germany in 3 hours

View from the navigator seat in the C-5 Galaxy. It requires 3 people only to fly this huge aircraft: pilot, navigator and loader.

C-5 Galaxy can carry about 56 tons of men and/or equipment. It can be transformed to be a fully operational 100-bed aerial hospital.

B1 bomber: long-range, multi-role, heavy bomber - each costs around $200 million. Very intimidating looking aircraft.

Emirates Airbus A 380 - do I need to say more?

...hope you enjoyed the tour


  • Love them!

    Those starlifters are awesome planes!

    As you'll have probably guessed from my User Name, I used to live in New Zealand.

    We once had an airshow in a city where I lived, and the US Airforce were enroute from Antarctica back to the US in a Galaxy Starlifter.

    They diverted to fly over the airshow, and I'll never forget the sight. They flew this huge plane about 100' off the runway with all 4 engines blowing black smoke as they then lifted up.

    Unknown to the show announcer who was stationed in the control tower, they circled around and came back in for a second lower pass, closer to the tower. The announcer was heard to cut off his spiel to say a few rude words as the Starlifter rattled the windows on the way past!

    Awesome sight!

    thanks for sharing the pics!


    By Blogger nzm, at November 25, 2005 at 1:27 PM  

  • Not bad, although I dont like the B1 Personally... The high maintenance F15 is not my cup of tea as well..

    By Blogger Emirati, at November 25, 2005 at 5:21 PM  

  • Someone recently called me a 'nerd' on my blog. I guess they hadnt visited yours yet ;-)


    By Blogger A Yahya, at November 25, 2005 at 8:47 PM  

  • nzm - The air show was great. the galaxy don't leave the ground, but the B1 did a couple of rounds around the place - must've really pissed off a lot of mirdif residents ..

    Emarati - my personal favorite is the F-18 (Hornet), but there weren't any ...

    Nomadic - we all have our dark sides :)

    By Blogger moryarti, at November 26, 2005 at 12:27 AM  

  • Moryarti, do you know when is the A380 going to be in service? I heard that it's due next April.. but the picture you have makes me think..

    By Blogger genesis, at November 26, 2005 at 1:57 AM  

  • moryarti,

    thanks for this lovely picture tour! unfortunately i couldn't make it this year.. inshalla in 2007 :)

    this rekindles my love for planes... aah

    oh and by they way, mirdif is great for watching the airshow...

    this reminds me that my bedroom window faces north-east which so happens to be in the direction of the airport :)

    By Blogger BuJ, at November 26, 2005 at 4:55 AM  

  • my personal favourite
    French made Mirage 2000. In the hands of a capable pilot probably the most devastating air machine.

    By Anonymous KDD-Anon, at November 26, 2005 at 11:28 AM  

  • genesis: I am not really sure .. the plane is in production but not sure when will it be flying commercially. I will ask my uncle 'cause he is signing the planes off from Toulouse (Airbus HQ) for Emirates.

    BuJ - My inlaws live in Al Tawar (Facing DAFZA) - the view is great from their rooftop. But this year was different for me as i had VIP treatment by a friend of mine who got me into the Royal-Jet chalet -

    it was lobster, canap├ęs and an air show baby :)

    KDD - Mirage 2000 is old school mate :) you should check our its ancestor: Rafale.

    By Blogger moryarti, at November 26, 2005 at 5:26 PM  

  • the rafael really is a work of art, far more suitable to the modern age than the Mirage 2000. However the mirage will still kick ass if its needed ...The F-18 isnt bad, but ive always had a bad opinion of it, its ECM suite and its vunerability to air defensce and combat fighters (hte IRaqis shot down 2 F-18s in 1990, and then one was shot down by a patriot in 2003).

    By Blogger Emirati, at November 26, 2005 at 8:24 PM  

  • emarati .. i am sure you will enjoy this forum

    By Blogger moryarti, at November 26, 2005 at 8:54 PM  

  • No comments . I suppose it a GUY thing. (goes off in a snooty huff)

    By Blogger kaya, at November 27, 2005 at 11:03 AM  

  • moryarti i used to be on the management team in that forum. almost became the owner. username UAEi. Dont let the forumers know though.

    By Blogger Emirati, at November 27, 2005 at 8:49 PM  

  • i never participate - gets too radical for me :) i am just an occasional outside observer...

    By Blogger moryarti, at November 27, 2005 at 11:15 PM  

  • Too many chest beating screaming iranians.

    By Blogger Emirati, at November 28, 2005 at 9:02 AM  

  • lol - exactly :)

    By Blogger moryarti, at November 28, 2005 at 12:44 PM  

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