AIRPOWER16: Airshow Attracted Impressive Crowds
03 September 2016 – Austria’s biggest ever airshow proved to be the climax of Styria’s summer events calendar. Hinterstoisser Air Base in Zeltweg welcomed around 300,000 AIRPOWER fans on September 2 and 3 for two nine-hour, action-packed days of flying – including a demonstration by the Armed Forces, spectacular displays by the Flying Bulls and Red Bull Aces Exhibition and some of the best aerobatic display teams in Europe. The region also benefitted significantly from the family event.
Every AIRPOWER16 visitor had their own personal highlight yesterday and today. For some it was the aerobatic display performed by Frecce Tricolori. For others the “Historic Jet Formation” involving all of the various jets ever to have served with the Austrian Armed Forces. Or the “Tiger Display” with various different aircraft all sporting tiger liveries.
Or the unique Flying Bulls fleet, flying together for the very first time to perform a group formation with aerobatic manoeuvres. Or perhaps the interception of a C-130 “Hercules” by two Eurofighters. Or the first Red Bull Aces Exhibition in Europe – a wingsuit slalom through airborne gates. But there was one thing that the visitors, participants and organisers could all agree on: AIRPOWER16 has been a resounding success.
AIRPOWER16 Facts and Figures
4,000 soldiers and 1,500 civilians have contributed to the success of AIRPOWER16.
AIRPOWER16 welcomed around 300,000 visitors on both days.
Around 240 aircraft from 20 countries took part in the varied Static and Flying Displays – including 53 belonging to the Austrian Armed Forces The wingsuit athletes of the Red Bull Aces Exhibition reached speeds of up to 250 km/h.
756 Armed Forces vehicles, including 26 tanks and armoured vehicles, were on duty at AIRPOWER16.
… and the most important figure: the air displays of AIRPOWER16 recorded zero accidents.
Text: Info Austrian Air Defence