“Flying with the Wings of Storm was an honour and a unique experience, in support to the first Croatian international air show“
The Croatian Air Force’s Aerobatic Group “Wings of Storm“ on 12 September 2019 hosted the Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Damir Krstičević and the Commander of the Croatian Air Force Brigadier General Mato Mikić on a practice flypast over Zadar.
The flight was performed in support to the preparation of the first international military air show – the CROIMAS 2020 – to be hosted by Croatia in Zadar on 30 May 2020 and ahead of the 200th performance by the “Wings of Storm“ (in Belgium).
Having prepared for the flight that included familiarisation with the on-flight procedures and with the route and geared up Krstičević boarded the Pilatus PC-9M and attended the joint practice flight with the Team.
The Team flew on the route Zemunik – Biograd na moru – Kornati – Telašćica – Zadar, where they performed the traditional “Salute to Zadar“ and returned to the Air Base at Zemunik performing their most attractive flying element and concluding with the final break.
During the flight Minister Krstičević sent the message of support for the organisation of CROIMAS and congratulated the Team on their jubilary performance at the forthcoming international military air show Sanicole Airshow at Kleine Brogel, Belgium on September 2019.
Krstičević: “Flying with the Wings of Storm was an honour and a unique experience, in support to the first Croatian international air show. They are the Croatian Air Force’s victorious national team“
The flight was executed in support to the first international air show to be hosted by Croatia; during the flight Minister Krstičević invited the citizens to visit Zadar on 30 May 2020 for Croatia’s first international military air show and meet the masters of the skies, to be organised at the initiative of the Croatian pilots.
The Minister also called on the youth to join the Croatian Air Force,“to fly with the best“.
Following the flight the Minister expressed his respect for the Team pilots:“Flying with the Wings of Storm was a unique experience. They are Croatian Air Force’s victorious national team. I saw it for myself that they are superb, world-class pilots“.
We are proud that the “Wings of Storm“ will host the world’s best aerobatic teams in Zadar next year“, said the Minister .
Pledging support to CROIMAS 2020
Minister Krstičević: “Come to Zadar on 30 May 2020 for Croatia’s first international military air show and meet the masters of the skies“
The Commander of the Croatian Air Force Brigadier General Mato Mikić extended appreciation to the Minister for the trust placed in the pilots and for accompanying them on the flypast over Zadar, and said the preparations were under way for the air show, as an important promotion of the Croatian Air Force and of the Republic of Croatia.
Major Zvonimir Mravunac shared his pride over hosting the Minister aboard his aircraft and thanked him for the trust.
Captain Darko Belančić, the “Wings of Storm“ Team Leader appreciated Minister ‘s support and said that the air CROIMAS air show to be held in Zadar in was to the height of our activity.
“We shall be honoured to host the world’s best aerobatic teams and pilots performing attractive flying programmes in the home base of the “Wings of Storm“ to mark their 15th anniversary and the 30th anniversary of freedom and independence of the Republic of Croatia“, said Cpt Belančić.