The programme of the Aviation Fair traditionally features some scenes and planes commemorating important aviation and military anniversaries falling on the particular year. The same will be true of this year's Aviation Fair taking place for the 26th time at the Pardubice Airport at the weekend of 28th–29th May 2016.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Barbarossa, the German attack on the Soviet Union on 22nd June 1941. The original plan and the initial swift progress promised an easy victory of the Nazi troops, expecting to conquer Moscow. However, everything changed on the outskirts of Moscow, where the Germans stalled and were pushed back by the Red Army; the Russian Winter played a crucial role as well. The invasion opened up the Eastern Front in 1941. "The turning point towards Nazi defeat would not have been possible without new military technology. The front line was dominated by the fighter aircraft designed by A. S. Yakovlev. One of the most successful and most popular aircraft among pilots was Yak-3; two aircraft of this type will star in a scene from the end of World War II, complemented by one more Yak in war colours and the legendary biplane Polikarpov Po-2 Kukuruznik," commented Jan Rudzinskyj, one of the Aviation Fair organizers, on the performance of aircraft marked with red stars.
This year's Aviation Fair will again include a varied programme on the ground with several demonstrations by military clubs, classic car clubs and firemen. Last but not lest, the last weekend of May will be full of different activities for kids as well.