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ILA 2012

Monday, November 12th, 2012

OK, so for those of you that follow these kinds of things. The ILA was in early September. Pictures are only now posted because I’m a lazy slob.
That’s pretty much the entire reason.
Nothing to do with having a computer die and having to build a new one before being able to extract my hard-disk to actually post pictures.

For those of you not in the know, there are a bunch of European airshows and the ILA is a big one that returns every two years to Berlin. This one was just last week. I last went there in 2006 as well with EUROAVIA, as a matter of fact, let me interrupt writing this for a second to upload some of those pictures as well.
And TADAAAAAA, through the magic of not publishing until you actually finish the entire piece, there it is.
So, in 2006 I went there and had a good time.
This time I lived 400 km closer, I got a free ticket from Airbus and a free ride (and dinner) from Heinkel. So Yeeh!

I’ll just leave a link to the pictures here and you can stop reading.

But there are a few pictures that deserve captions.

Like “Wait, this Tigre simulator is fully realistic, you say?”

There was a reason I didn’t become a fighter pilot, but an engineer. The same reason as to why the canopy is up in this picture. I am too tall to fit in these cockpits.

The thing about big airshows is that you see all the big aircraft, but I also really liked the smaller ones.

Launch powered by elastic bands. Watch out girls, your ponytail hides the power to hunt Bin-Laden.

This one comes with a launch trailer. There was also a bunch of hand-launched ones of which I don’t have good pictures.

These things are handily controlled by these btw. And I’m not just exited about this just because I just got a new computer built and will be looking at maybe shooting stuff with one of them babies. Hell, who am I kidding, I might just get one of these instead of a sissy joystick like that. Does make for cozy LAN parties I suppose though.

I thought this one would be worth noting as I’m not entirely sure how this soot stain come about. There was either a strong-ass rear wind or another fighter was showing its dominance.

One thing I, unfortunately, did miss (because the thing landed, that’s where my interest stopped. Silly me) was this:

It’s not that I don’t have pictures of it, I had actually just turned around and saw this the same way as you, on Youtube.

This is a Messerschmidt-109, the most produced fighter aircraft in the world, landing with a decent side-wind. This aircraft was known for this issue and I suppose it was nice of them to show that aspect of the plane, though I’m sure it wasn’t entirely according to plan.