Fête de l’Aviation 2011
Old Timer Airshow in Lausanne – Blécherette
The airport of Lausanne – Blécherette (Switzerland) is celebrating this year its 100th anniversary and organized from August 26th-29th one of the most important airshows of the country for this year.
On May 31st 1911, a Morane-Borel monoplane piloted by Emile Taddeoli landed as first airplane on the airfield of La Blécherette. On June 3rd – 4th of the same year, the first aviation days of Lausanne were held, the first airshow. In the years 1920, passengers could take international flights aboard converted Handley Page bombers from the First World War to London, Paris, Lyon or Budapest. Quite a few airshows were held on this airfield in the period 1920 to 1940.
The organizer of this Fête de l’Aviation 2011 to celebrate the one hundred years of the airport worked hard for this large airshow featuring over 50 Old Timers among them the Texan T-6, Catalina PBY-5A, Mustang P-51, Avenger TBM-3E, Skyraider AD-4N, Bronco OV-10, Spitfire, several Yaks, Junkers JU-52 and Curtis P-40N Kittyhawk.
In addition to these airplanes, teams such as the Breitling Wingwalkers, Captens, Patrouille P3 Flyers, Patrouille REVA, Swiss Air Force Team on PC-7, Pioneer Team or the Royal Jordanian Falcons as well as acrobatic pilots attracted a large public especially on Sunday thanks to the wonderful bright sunny day with nearly no clouds.
Among the public’s favorites were certainly the Breitling Wingwalkers as well as the legendary Catalina with a superb flight demonstration. The public appreciated the very dense demonstration program during the whole Sunday of this free airshow.
See http://www.pbase.com/tcom/fa2011 for more photos of the event.