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Russian Su-27 aerobatic team performing during the Dubai Airshow 2017

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Dubai is one of the most recognisable Arab country in this region. Come here and you will be mesmerised by the amount of construction going on here. Most of them are the largest, biggest, longest , widest etc etc..

It is said that world’s 1/3 construction cranes are here in this region. They are a legend on their own right, can been seen almost every where, part of Dubai skyline.

Here is the, UAE Aerobatic team, Al Fursan doing an aerobatic manoeuvre during the World Air Games 2015 in Dubai Marina. Right above those magnificent machines made all these superlative iconic structures.

In a way, saluting the way the country has come up.

Eurofighter Typhoon

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Eurofighter Typhoon

The Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multirole fighter. The Typhoon was designed and is manufactured by a consortium of three companies; BAE Systems, Airbus Group and Alenia Aermacchi, who conduct the majority of affairs dealing with the project through a joint holding company, Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH, which was formed in 1986. The project is managed by the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency, which also acts as the prime customer.

Development of the aircraft effectively began in 1983 with the Future European Fighter Aircraft programme, a multinational collaborative effort between the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Due to disagreements over design authority and operational requirements, France left the consortium to independently develop the Dassault Rafale instead. A technology demonstration aircraft, the British Aerospace EAP, first took flight on 6 August 1986; the first prototype of the finalised Eurofighter made its first flight on 27 March 1994. The name of the aircraft, Typhoon, was formally adopted in September 1998; the first production contracts were signed that same year.The Typhoon was introduced into operational service in 2003. Currently, the type has entered service with the Austrian Air Force, the Italian Air Force, the German Air Force, the Royal Air Force, the Spanish Air Force, and the Royal Saudi Air Force. The Royal Air Force of Oman has also been confirmed as an export customer, bringing the procurement total to 571 aircraft as of 2013.

These images were shot during the Al Ain Airshow 2013

The Saudi Hawks Aerobatic Team

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Saudi Hawks

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A frequent visitor to the Al Ain Airshow, The Saudi Hawks Aerobatic Team was formed in June 1998 at King Abdulaziz Air Base (Dhahran).

They fly the BAE Hawk Mk.65 and 65A jet trainers.

Their first show was in January 1999 in the Saudi kingdom’s capital, Riyadh, as part of Saudi Arabia’s 100th anniversary celebrations. They flew at the 1999 Malta International Airshow and in February 2000 they displayed in Bahrain. From June 2002, the team toured the kingdom for four months and performed at civil and military shows. The team performed its first ever display in Europe at the Air Power 2011 in Zeltweg.

UAE Airforce’s Al Fursan Aerobatic Team

Al Fursan (Arabic: ﺍﻟﻔﺮﺳﺎﻥ‎; in English The Knights) is the aerobatics demonstration team of the United Arab Emirates Air Force. Formed back in 2010 they use Italian-built Aermacchi MB-339NAT jet aircrafts.

DISPLAY TEAM: 7 AIRCRAFT
TEAM LEADER: LT COL NASSER AHMAD
LIVERY: Black and Gold representing the desert’s golden sands and the black oil that lies beneath it
TRAINING: Trained by Frecce Tricolori pilots at the Rivolto Air Base in Italy

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Dubai Airshow 2013

One of the key aerospace event in this region, Dubai Airshow can brag about being the deal maker for multi billion dollar aircraft deals for regional carriers. Organized under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and in co-operation with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Airports, Dubai World Central and the UAE Armed Forces happens ones in every 2 yrs.

This year, the event took place in the new purpose built site at Dubai World Central (DWC), located in Jebel Ali, Dubai.

The fowling are teaser images form the two days I was there to cover the event. My main interest was in eh flying display, which took place from 1400 Hrs to 1630 Hrs every day. The show started with the aerobatic display of UAE’s Al Fursan and ended with the famous Red Arrow’s flying display.

The weather played spoil sport as the stand storm started on the beginning of the show went on for the rest of the week.

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Dubai Airshow 2013 vane from the Skyview. The public gallery built to watch the flying display. Al Fursan doing their display show.

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Al Fursan (Arabic: ﺍﻟﻔﺮﺳﺎﻥ‎; in English The Knights) is the aerobatics demonstration team of the United Arab Emirates Air Force. It was formed in 2010 with Italian-built Aermacchi MB-339NAT jet aircraft.[1] The team has a total of seven aircraft, of which six are used for performances and the seventh as a spare.

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UAE’s Al Fursan aerobatic team. I was quite impressed by their performance. their main objective is to raise the UAE flag and show the proficiency of the Air Force and armed forces.

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F-16 from UAE Airforce.

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F-16 from UAE Airforce.

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The Dassault Mirage 2000 is a French multirole, single-engine fourth-generation jet fighter manufactured by Dassault Aviation. It was designed in the late 1970s as a lightweight fighter based on the Mirage III for the French Air Force. . One of my favourite aircraft.

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The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner; many airports have upgraded their facilities to accommodate it because of its size. . Always a pleasure to photograph these beauty.

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The Rockwell B-1 Lancer is a four-engine supersonic variable-sweep wing strategic bomber. You never get to see them in air shows normally. Their presence here is intriguing to me.

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The Boeing P-8 Poseidon is a military aircraft currently being developed for the United States Navy. The aircraft is being developed by Boeing Defense, Space & Security, modified from the 737-800. The P-8 is intended to conduct anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and shipping interdiction and to engage in an electronic intelligence (ELINT) role.

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The Airbus A400M Atlas,[3][4] is a multi-national four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. It was designed by Airbus Military as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities.[

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Al Fursan with Emirates Airbus 380. This was one of the best display in the show.

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The famed British Red Arrows. Dusty weather and bad light made getting good pictures not easy.