The 11th edition of F-AIR Colombia 2019, the main military aviation trade event in Colombia and one of the most important in Latin America, is returning and set to take place July 11-14 in Rionegro, Colombia. At this semi-annual event entrepreneurs from the civil and military sector, aircraft manufacturers, aviation enthusiasts and the general public meet to both conduct business and interact with other professionals and aficionados. This year, Colombia brings as guest of honor country the United States, with the largest military and economy in the world, and a pioneer in scientific and technological advances for the aeronautical sector.
During F-AIR Colombia 2019, The United States will present its air show of the Thunderbirds, known as the aerial demonstration squadron of the US Air Force, made up of eight pilots aboard Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. The US participation highlights the close ties and collaboration between the Colombian and US militaries.
Over the four days of F-AIR, attendees can enjoy static displays of American aircraft, with the arrival of four F-16 from the South Carolina Air National Guard (SCANG). In addition, just as at the last F-AIR in 2017, there will be a fly-by of a Boeing B-52 strategic bomber (picture below from the 2017 F-AIR). The B-52 is the US Air Force’s heavy bomber created in 1960 and still in active deployment, an enduring emblem of US military air power.
Additionally, the air show will have eight commercial exhibitors from the USA as well as representatives of companies from other countries, for example: Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation, a world leader in the design, manufacture and sale of combat aircraft and commercial aircraft; Gulf Coast Avionics Corporation, the major supplier of avionics and aviation services; and Milex Inc, a company that has been offering innovative products for the personal protection for the world’s defense forces for 125 years.
Colombia has become a nation with strong potential in the aviation industry, has a qualified workforce and proven knowledge in engineering. For example, during the last several years, the CIAC (Corporation of the Colombian Aviation Industry) has excelled in the manufacture of spare parts for aircraft and recently has demonstrated advances in maintenance of US manufactured Sikorsky Black Hawk multi-role military helicopters.
The 11th F-AIR Colombia Air Show takes place at the José Maria Córdova International Airport just outside Medellín, Colombia from July 11th to the 14th, 2019. The 11th and 12th are industry-only days and closed to the public. The weekend days off the 13th and 14th are open to the public and when most of the exciting aerial displays and demonstrations. Tickets are available for purchase via Tuboleta.
Thunderbirds photo credit: USAF Staff Sargeant Ned T. Johnston.
US Air Force B-52 photo credit: Loren Moss, Finance Colombia