The Nato Days have been initiated in 2001 as a static show of security agencies in the City Center of Ostrava. To combine it with the Czech Air Force Days the event moved to Ostrava Leos Janacek Airport in 2003.
Over the years it developed to the biggest security show in Europe and more than 200.000 spectators are visiting the event every year now. They can see the presentation of heavy military hardware, police and rescue equipment, dynamic displays of special forces training, flying displays and presentations of armaments, equipment and gear of individual units.
Every year one of the attending countries is in the spotlight. This year it was Slovakia and their two MiG-29s together with one of the last appearances of the Slovak Tu-154s formed one of the main highlights of the show.
For the first time the show organizer offered a group of aviation photographers the chance to organize air to air shootings with the arriving aircraft. The selected photo ship, an experienced pilot, professional prepared flights and the cooperation of the attending air forces turned that photo flights into something truly special.
The highlights in front of our cameras have been the Polish and Slovak Mig29´s, the Turkish Boeing Wedgetail, the Saudi Hawks, the Austrian and Italian Eurofighters, the Canadian F18 and the Couteau Delta Tactical Display Mirage 2000.
Dietmar Schreiber, November 2017