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September 13, 2013

Air shows 2013

In the effort to celebrate and marvel at our ability to fly and see new technological advances, air shows are held all over the world every year. Attendees get the chance to witness complex aerobatic performances and sometimes up-close access to the aircraft on the ground. -- Lloyd Young ( 35 photos total)

A Romanian boy plays with his toy plane while Jurgis Kairys, a Lithuanian aerobatic pilot and aeronautical engineer, performs a freestyle aerobatic maneuver with his modified Sukhoi SU 31, at the Bucharest International Air Show 2013, at Baneasa airport, in Bucharest, Romania, on July 27. (Robert Ghement/European Pressphoto Agency)

'Patrulla Aguila', the Spanish Air Force perform at the Sliac military airbase during the Slovak International Air Fest (SIAF) on Aug. 31. (Samuel Kubani/AFP/Getty Images) #

Russian Mig-29 fighters flown by the Strizhi airobatic group perform at the Moscow International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2013 in the city of Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia, on Aug. 30. (Sergei Chirikov/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Sean Tucker spirals downward in the Oracle stunt plane before the 55th Chicago Air and Water Show, near Gary, Indiana, on Aug. 15. (Jim Young/Reuters) #

A Chinese J-10 fighter of the Sao Chzhen (The First of August) airobatic group participates in the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2013 in the city of Zhukovsky, outside Moscow on Aug 30. The Sao Chzhen airobatic group made the first performance outside of China. (Sergei Chirikov/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A crew member waves from the cockpit window of the new Airbus A350 XWB upon landing after the first test flight from the airport of Blagnac, Southern France, on June 14. The test comes three days before the start of the biennial Paris Air Show, where Airbus and Boeing traditionally do battle for aircraft orders. The A350 uses light carbon-composite materials instead of aluminum, allowing airlines to make savings on fuel. It will have a capacity of between 270 and 350 passengers and is scheduled to enter service in late 2014. (Guillaume Horcajuelo/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Members from the Breitling Jet Team perform during the Karamay aviation tourism festival 2013 in Karamay, northwest China's Xinjiang region on Aug. 16. The Breitling Jet Team and the Bayi Parachute Team of People's Liberation Army will take part in the show during the three-day festival that started on Aug. 16. (AFP/Getty Images) #

Spectators, including many veterans, attended an air show at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Fla., on March 22. The air show featured the last performance by the US Air Force Thunderbirds before sequestration funding cuts to force them to stop flying indefinitely. (Sarah Beth Glicksteen for The New York Times) #

Jurgis Kairys of Lithuania performs with a Russian Sukhoi Su-31 airplane during Bucharest International Air Show at Baneasa airport on July 27. (Bogdan Cristel/Reuters) #

A man wearing a sun-protective umbrella watches Latvia's Baltic Bees aerobatic team performing on L-39C Albatross airplanes during Bucharest International Air Show at Baneasa airport on July 27. (Bogdan Cristel/Reuters) #

Max Kaman, 2 from Lake Stevens, looks over the side of the toy plane he was riding in before getting out during the Arlington Fly-in on July 11 in Arlington, Wash. (Sean Ryan/The Herald, via Associated Press) #

Promoters skate past an Airbus A380 plane on display at the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky outside Moscow on Aug. 27. The world's top aircraft makers, scenting a major opportunity in replacing aging Russian air fleets, will be touting their wares at Moscow's MAKS air show this week in the hope of winning a big slice of that multi-billion dollar market. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters) #

Members of the Italian Air Force, the 'Frecce Tricolori', perform with their Aermacchi MB-339 aircraft during the International Air Show at the Hungarian Air Force base in Kecskemet, southern Hungary, on Aug. 3. (Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images) #

A woman holds a toy airplane at the Radom Air Show at an airport in Radom, Poland, on Aug. 24. (Kacper Pempel/Reuters) #

'Patrulla Aguila', the Spanish Air Force perform at the Sliac military airbase during the Slovak International Air Fest (SIAF) on Aug. 31. (Samuel Kubani/AFP/Getty Images) #

Visitors watch the Russian airobatic group 'Rus' on L-39 training jets performing at the Moscow International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2013, in the city of Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia, on Aug. 30. (Sergei Chirikov/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Latvia's Baltic Bees aerobatic team performs on L-39C Albatross airplanes during Bucharest International Air Show at Baneasa airport on July 27. (Bogdan Cristel/Reuters) #

The Baltic Bees aerobatic team performs on L-39C Albatross airplanes perform during the show. (Bogdan Cristel/Reuters) #

A ground controller is seen next of a Rolls Royce engine of a British Airways Airbus A380 during the first day of the 50th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport, north of Paris, on June 17. (Francois Mori/Associated Press) #

Jurgis Kairys, a Lithuanian aerobatic pilot and aeronautical engineer, performs a freestyle aerobatic maneuver with his modified Sukhoi SU 31, at the Bucharest International Air Show 2013, at Baneasa airport, in Bucharest, Romania, on July 27. (Robert Ghement/European Pressphoto Agency) #

The Airbus A380 performs its demonstration flight during the 50th Paris Air Show on June 20. (Francois Mori/Associated Press) #

French President Francois Hollande, right, and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian inspect an A400M aircraft at the International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, on June 21. France is celebrating its 50th International Paris Air Show. (Ian Langsdon/pool photo) #

Russian Su-37 fighters of the Lipetsk pilot training center of the 'Russian Falcons' aerobatic group perform at Moscow International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2013 in the city of Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia, on Aug. 30. (Sergei Chirikov/European Pressphoto Agency) #

An aviation enthusiast attends the air show at the EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis., on Aug. 3. (Darren Hauck/Reuters) #

A Dutch AH-64 Apache helicopter fires flares during a performance at the Radom Air Show at an airport in Radom, Poland, on Aug. 24. (Kacper Pempel/Reuters) #

A pyrotechnics show is put on for the aviation enthusiast from around the world that have attended the air show at the EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis., on Aug. 3. (Darren Hauck/Reuters) #

Special forces of Romania's Interior Ministry demonstrate their skills during Bucharest International Air Show at the Baneasa airport on July 27. (Bogdan Cristel/Reuters) #

People watch as Russian SU-27 and MIG-29 combat aircraft perform on July 7 during the International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS Show) in St. Petersburg. (Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images) #

Israelis watch an air show during Independence Day in Tel Aviv on April 16. Israel is celebrating its annual Independence Day, marking 65 years since the founding of the state in 1948. (Dusan Vranic/Associated Press) #

Members from a paramotor team perform during the Karamay aviation tourism festival 2013 in Karamay, northwest China's Xinjiang region on Aug. 16. The Breitling Jet Team and the Bayi Parachute Team of People's Liberation Army will take part in the show during the three-day festival that started on Aug. 16. (AFP/Getty Images) #

Russian Su-27 fighters of the 'Russkiye Vityazi' (Russian Warriors) aerobatic group perform at the Moscow International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2013, on Zhukovsky airfield outside Moscow, Russia, on Sept. 1. (Maxim Shipenkov/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A man waves Romania's national flag as the Aerobatic Yakkers team perform on YAK 52 airplanes during Bucharest International Air Show at Baneasa airport on July 27. (Bogdan Cristel/Reuters) #

Joshua Monroe, 4, of Detroit gets a view from the cockpit of a de Haviland DH-4, also known as a Caribou during the Thunder over Michigan air show at Willow Run Airport in Belleville, Mich., on Aug. 11. ( Elizabeth Conley/The Detroit News via Associated Press) #

Two airplanes from the Orlik Team form a heart-shaped vapor trail during a performance at the Radom Air Show at on Aug. 24. (Kacper Pempel/Reuters) #

Spectators wave to Belgian pilot Renaud "Grat" Thys after his performance at the Radom Air Show in Poland on Aug. 24. (Kacper Pempel/Reuters) #


 
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