Turkish Air Force 100th
anniversary was a distinguished activity among the centennial activities of the
Turkish Air Force and was held at the 2nd Main Jet Base Command (Çiğli/Izmir Air
Force Base) on the 4th and 5th of June 2011.The weather was good, about 30 degrees Celsius, a little hazy here and there.
Both days had a least 100.000 visitors. It was a superb airshow especially when
you like display team, a lot of teams were here.They had on the Friday a great spottersday (we didn't go there, we like them in
the air, not on the ground) So you won't find those shots here, sorry. We spent
the weekend outside the base on a spot were the flew above us.
Our compliments to the Turkish Air Force to organize a show like this. You find
over 800 photo's here have fun. The pictures are made on both days and mixed
The Turkish Air Force is one of the oldest air
forces in the world and operates one of the largest combat aircraft fleets of
NATO. Supported by the TuAF's in-flight refueling capability, the fighter jets
of the Turkish Air Force can participate in international operations and
exercises on every major continent and return back to their home bases. The
Turkish Air Force has a vivid and honorable history. The Turkish military first
encountered hostile military aircraft in 1911 when Italy invaded Libya, at that
time part of the Ottoman Empire. Italian aircraft performed reconnaissance and
bombing missions against the Ottoman Army. Ottoman forces, however, had the
honor of being the first to force down a warplane and capture the pilot.Earlier
that year, the Turkish Minister of War directed establishment of an aircraft
commission in Istanbul.
Please remember that all photo's
SkyFlash/UGA, they are
for private use only.
If you like these photo's as large scans, most of them are available on the
CD-roms from publisher
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