In 2015 Robert and I went to Slovakia for the SIAF airshow and to hunt for the mighty MiG-29s operated by the Slovak air force. The trip was a huge success: the airshow was great, the weather perfect, the hotel, food and beer awesome and on top of that we spent some good times with our Slovak friends.
The only downside, my Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 lens. The autofocus proved to be just too slow and the lens is limitated, most certainly beyond 80% of it max zoom. Once home I was so disappointed with the photos I only edited a handful and sold the lens to replace it with a Sony model.
5 years later I decided to give them another try using Lightroom and although the photos are still not the best ones ever, I am happy I put in the editing time.
But the weekend was awesome. Thanks to Peter we sat in the cockpit of the MiG-29 and had an unplanned, but amusing tour of the base. The Depeche Mode cover band playing in Zvolen will be remembered too. And then there is Zoltan Veres: what a skilled pilot that is, as you can see in the short video.
Slovakia, Sliač and 1 Squadron: I will for sure return!