A great opportunity to see these jewels in flight in Cuatro Vientos, Madrid

This is one of the classic aircraft exhibitions of the Fundación Infante de Orleáns

A few weeks ago I told you here about the Infante de Orleáns Foundation (FIO), founded in 1989 and which has 40 historic aircraft.

The Beechcraft C-45 Twin Beech of the FIO, a jewel of Spanish aviation from 1942
A walk through the interior of the Spanish C-130H Hercules of the Cuatro Vientos Air Museum

The peculiarity of the FIO airplanes is that they are fit to fly. The Foundation holds exhibitions with these airplanes on the first Sunday of each month, except in January and August, at the Cuatro Vientos airfield, in Madrid. Yesterday the FIO exhibition for the month of March took place, in which, due to the strong wind, not all the planes could take off, although on the ground some of the jewels that the Foundation keeps in flight could be seen, including airplanes from the time of the Spanish Civil War , such as the Polikarpov I-16 "Rata" (it is one of only five aircraft of this type still flying around the world), the Polikarpov Po-2 and the Bücker Bü-131 Jungmann (the most numerous military aircraft that Spain has had: 580 units).

The exhibition also showed aircraft from later eras, such as the Beechcraft C-45 Twin Beech that we saw here recently or the North American T-6 Texan which heads this entry. Modern aircraft could also be seen, such as the Zivko Edge 540 V2 of the Spanish aerobatic pilot Juan Velarde, which once again amazed the public with maneuvers that seem almost impossible. Fly By Wire Aviation has published an interesting video summary of this exhibition:

On the FIO website, fio.es, you can find more information about these monthly exhibitions.

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