EYES ON THE SKY: Aircraft to look out for at Dubai Airshow

Flying display will be show highlight for visitors as aircraft of all shapes, sizes and capabilities prepare to roar overhead
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Dubai Airshow

Military jets, civil aircraft and helicopters will be among the aircraft soaring above the Dubai Airshow site this week, along with aerobatic displays from some of the world’s most renowned aerial display team.

A key part of the biennial event, the flying display is a way for manufacturers to demonstrate their aircraft abilities to the global aerospace industry as whole, in addition to providing an impressive spectacle for the 87,000 trade attendees expected at the event.

Aerobatic displays will include the French Air Force Patrouille de France, returning to the Dubai Airshow for the first time since 2011 and the UAE’s Al Fursan team. In addition, the world’s only aerobatic airline, UK-based display team the Blades, will perform at the event as part of their extended visit to the UAE.

Also flying will be an Airbus A330neo and a Boeing B787-9 as well as several helicopters including a Motor Sich Mi-2MSB-1 and an Mi38 and an ANSAT from Russian Helicopters.

On the defence side, the French Air Force will be demonstrating a Dassault Rafale and the Royal Air Force from the United Kingdom will perform with a Eurofighter Typhoon. The UAE Ministry of Defence displays throughout the week will include a Mirage 2000 and an F16. 

Michele van Akelijen, managing director of show organiser Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East, said: “The flying display at the Dubai Airshow is always a highlight for trade visitors and exhibitors alike.”

“The inclusion of new aircraft and aerobatic teams mean that this year will be the most impressive yet.” 

The flying display will take place each afternoon this week from 2pm to 5pm.

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