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Fairford: Hungarian success again!

Text: Balázs Trautmann | Photo: HDF 59th Dezső Szentgyörgyi Air Base and József Vizin |  13:10 July 18, 2022

Organized again after a two-year break at RAF Fairford, South England, the Royal International Air Tattoo 2022 (RIAT) military air show has delighted us with another Hungarian success. On 17 July, Captain Dávid Szentendrei, a pilot from the “Puma” Tactical Squadron of the HDF 59th Dezső Szentgyörgyi Air Base won the prestigious award for the Best Solo Jet Demonstration.

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The Hungarian pilot earned the Paul Bowen Award – which is named after the co-founder of RIAT – on Sunday with his JAS 39EBS HU Gripen demo flight that outshined other performances by all professional accounts. Thus, in the afternoon, Captain Szentendrei already held in his hands the special-shaped trophy symbolizing the award and the accompanying certificate.