Acrobacias y vuelos de vértigo por el aniversario de la Academia General del Aire

King Felipe VI presided over the air festival on Sunday to mark the 75th anniversary of the creation of the General Air Academy (AGA), in San Javier (Murcia), attended by more than 300,000 people, who have enjoyed flights acrobatic, combat aircraft and historic aircraft, among others.


The king arrived at the Casino de Suboficiales Fernández Tudela of the AGA at 10 am, where he greeted the present authorities and the citizens who were preparing to see the exhibition.

The act was also attended by the president of the autonomous community, Fernando López Miras; the government delegate in Murcia, Francisco Bernabé; the Chief of the Air Force Staff, Javier Salto; the president of the Regional Assembly, Rosa Peñalver; and the mayor of San Javier, Javier Luengo.

The festival has lasted for five intense hours in which the beaches of Santiago de la Ribera and Lo Pagán, in San Javier, have flown over fifteen national and international patrols and planes, current and historic.

The exhibition was opened by the Acrobatic Parachute Patrol of the Air Force, Papea, created in 1978 and formed, in this act, by a total of eight paratroopers who have carried out various acrobatics in the air that have ended with the deployment of a great flag of Spain of 70 square meters.

After them, the professional pilot Jorge Macías, a member of the Spanish Acrobatic Flight team, crossed the sky, with more than 680 flying hours in that discipline and winner of numerous national and international competitions.

Two Aermacchi M346 German tandem planes have made another flight demonstration followed by an exhibition of the Air Force’s Canadair CI-215, which participates in firefighting, and has demonstrated how quickly it can fill with water your deposit and how it is emptied.

Later it was possible to see an aerobatics demonstration with five helicopters from the Aspa patrol of the Air Force, the only one in the world with these characteristics, and another the Lockheed P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft, an aircraft developed over the years 50 in the United States.

At about noon, it was the turn of the Spanish Navy’s Harrier AV-8B fighters, the most awaited in the exhibition due to its spectacular characteristics of low flight and vertical and short takeoff and landing.

After them has flown the tanker Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker and, later, the helicopters tiger (attack and destruction) of the Aeromobile Forces of the Army and the multi-purpose fighters McDonnell Douglas F-18 Hornet of the Air Force.

At around 1:00 pm, the Bell V-22B Osprey aircraft of the US Navy flew over the beaches of San Javier, followed by the Frecce Tricolori patrol of the Italian Military Aeronautics.

An hour later it was possible to see the multi-purpose fighter plane Eurofighter of the Air Force, followed by a passing of historical aircraft from the Infante de Orleans Foundation and the Air Academy itself.

The festival has been closed by Patrol Eagle, the acrobatic patrol of the Air Force, with its spectacular acrobatics.

This air show is the culmination of a weekend dedicated entirely to the AGA, since yesterday the Air Base of San Javier also hosted a complete exhibition with numerous aircraft of the Spanish, American, Italian and German Armed Forces, as well as aircraft civilians, patrols, fighters, school airplanes and helicopters, among others, and that gathered tens of thousands of people.