Today marks the end of the 21st year of the NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days at the Leoš Janáček Airport Ostrava. Once again, this year has been unique in many respects. Spectators were able to attend the show in person after a break last year. For the first time in the history of the event, they registered in advance while proving their so-called covid competence. The largest European security show commenced its third decade of existence with a demonstration of state-of-the-art technology and clearly showed the visitors the future of the equipment the NATO militaries.
Despite the cloudy morning on the first day of the NATO Days in Ostrava & the Czech Air Force Days 2021, a smile was visible on the faces of the visitors. After last year, when due to measures against covid-19 the public could not visit the event, this year the gates opened to visitors. The flags of eighteen participating countries were flown over the 21st edition of the largest security show in Europe, and everyone present can find the best that can be seen in the field of security. The main stars of this year are the F-35A Lightning II and MQ-9 Reaper, representing the current cutting edge of modern technology in the world.
The NATO Days in Ostrava and Czech Air Force Days in Ostrava will welcome visitors with attractive dynamic and static displays. As one of very few events of this kind this year in Europe, the NATO Days will be open to the public. Due to Covid-19 related measures, for the first time in history there is an obligation of ticket and non-infectivity certificate for entering the venue.
As a special part of the program, Saturday will be closed by the flight of six jet engines from the workshop of Saab, the general partner of the NATO Days in Ostrava, and the ACR Air Force Days. The flight will be attended by aircraft of the Swedish Historical Flight – Tunnan, Draken, Viggen – and Gripen from all European users.
The Bell company is a major manufacturer of helicopters and also one of the main partners of the NATO Days in Ostrava and the Air Force of the ACR Days. This year, several machines from the company's production will be present at this event - Bell 206 and Bell 412 utility helicopters as well as the V-22 Osprey convertiplane. The static demonstration will also include the UH-1Y Venom and AH-1Z Viper, which are to replace current helicopters of the Czech Army.
There are only a few days left until the arrival of the participants of this year's NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days but you can already soak up the atmosphere of the weekend show with a trailer from PlanesTV. If you do not get to the event in person, you can watch the program again on the Czech TV and on our social networks.