Motril Air Show 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018
By Martin Myall

MOT Air Show 2018The helicopter aerobatics display team, Patrulla Aspa, a Eurofighter-Typhoon, a Canadair CL415T forest-fire bomber, Ainhoa Sánchez, who is a wing walker on a biplane, the Spanish Army Parachute Display team, E.M.P., Casa Bücker aerobatics biplane flown by Gonzalo Figeroa, The French National Champion, Melanie Astles, at the Red Bull Air Races, more vintage biplanes, Tropicopter’s, Robinson R-44 and Jorge Macías in his single-wing aerobatics plane.

All this on the 17th of June in Motril on Playa Granada for the XIII Motril Air Show!

In 2005, Jorge Macías Alonso was the first pilot to represent Spain in an International competition in the Advanced category at the European Aerobatic Championships EAC. In 2007 he joined the Spanish Unlimited National Team representing Spain at WAC 2007 and 2009 and EAC 2008.

Since 2003, he has been participating in the most important air displays both in Spain and Portugal.

He has more than 680 aerobatic hours knocked up in some of the best and most famous aerobatic aircraft: Staudacher S-300, Sukhoi 31, Sukhoi 29, Extra, Pitts S-2, Zlin Z-50, Zlin Z-326M, Velox Revolution, Yak 52, Cap-10, Rebel 300, Super Decathlon and Piper J-3 Clipped Wing.

This year in Motril he will be performing his flying stunts in a Laser Z300

As was the case last year, kids in the crowds will have the opportunity to radio the pilot and request certain aerobatic stunts – the conversation will also be broadcast over the PA system on the beach.

Not only will he perform what is requested of him, but he will also talk the public throughout the manoeuvre, explaining which pilots have made it famous.

Mélanie Astles is the reigning aerobatics champion of France. To date, she’s a 5-time French Champion, with top-10 rankings at European and world levels, as well as French team honours. Her resilience has led her to becoming an ambassador for BMW France.

Ainhoa Sánchez is Spain’s only wingwalker; in other words, she goes through a series of movements whilst standing on the top wing of a biplane in flight. What’s even more surprising is that she suffers from vertigo.

She began back in 2013 in Northern Ireland and after several years of flying abroad she managed to buy her own plane in 2017 so she could continue giving displays both in Spain and abroad.

But she also plans to be at the controls and not only dancing on the top wing, so she is immersed in getting her pilots licence at the moment, but in the meantime, Motril Air Show will be the first stop on her 2018 tour.

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For the first time in the history of the Festival Aéreo Internacional de Motril, there will be a Canadair CL415T water bomber belonging to the Spanish Air Force. These magestic, heavy bombers go under the nickname Botijo (a clay water jug) in Spain.

This particular aircraft belongs to 43 Group and operates out of Torrejon AFB (Madrid) in its fire-fighting duties. It will be lent to Motril for the big day.

The aircraft fills up with water by skimming the surface on a large expanse of water, such as the sea or a reservoir; something that it will no doubt do for the crowds.

Did you know?
On the 11th of October, 1942 A Spitfire (EP787) based in Gibraltar was brought down by a German JU-88 just off Cabo Sacratif in Torrenueva.

The pilot, Sergeant Ronald Charles Garnier (RAFVR), didn’t survive the crash, but his name is included within the RAF Memorial in Runnymede, which is dedicated to pilots and aircrew who lost their lives in the European theatre with no known grave.

(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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