Kuwait Aviation Show 2018

For the first time in its history, Kuwait hosted an airshow, part of the country’s ambitious goal to become a major player in the Middle East aviation industry. Stefan Goossens and Arnold ten Pas were there.

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A pair of F/A-18Cs – serials 409 (c/n 1111) and 412 (c/n 1130), from 9 and 25 Squadrons respectively – over Kuwait International Airport. These units are the two frontline KAF Hornet operators, while 61 Squadron, also at Ali Al Salem AB, serves as the operational conversion unit.
The KAF Hawk Mk64 quickly traded its original light stone/beige desert scheme for this three-tone grey camouflage in the 1990s. Serials – in this case, 149 – are applied in both Arabic and anglicised numerals. Attrition losses occurred in January 2002 and April 2005.

The Kuwait Aviation Show (KAS) took place at Kuwait International Airport, outside Kuwait City, from January 17 to 20. The new biennial event, marketed as an “aerospace gateway to the Gulf Cooperation Council”, was held in an aircraft hangar and adjacent static aircraft display area. The first two days were for trade visitors, while the last two were open to the public.

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