The biggest air show hosted by Romania in the last five years took place on the Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport on the Black Sea coast this weekend. Thousands of people including President Traian Basescu witnessed the event, organized to mark 100 years since the first flight of Traian Vuia, the Romanian aeronautics pioneer.
The RoIAS 2006 show included flights by pilots from Austria (two PC-7 planes), Germany (one F-4 Phantom, one Tornado, one Breguet Atlantic), Greece (one T-6), Macedonia (Mi-24, Mi-17 helicopeters), Netherlands (one F-16) and others. It also provided moments of flight acrobatics by Turkish Stars (Turkey), Frecce Tricolori (Italy), and PC_7 Demo Team (Switzerland).
The Romanian Air Force contributed with 12 MiG-21 LanceR, five IAR-99 Soim, four L-39 Albatros, one C-130 Hercules, five IAK-52, ten IAR-330 Socat and four IAR-316 Allouette.