Gripen flies at Börgönd Air Show as wellText: Gábor Kálmánfi | Photo: Photos by the author |  17:03 September 13, 2021
H145 helicopter, Zlin 242 trainer, Mi-17 helicopter, Gripen fighter aircraft as well as military recruiters and paratroopers represented the Hungarian Defence Forces at the Börgönd Air Show on Sunday, 12 September.
Defence State Secretary István Szabó opened the event by pointing out that the air force has been renewed as part of the National Defence and Armed Forces Development Program. The spectators could see the truth of this statement again, although on a smaller scale after the Kecskemét Air Show.
“We build on the society, we serve the Hungarian people, and so it is very important for us to have that kind of openness and trust that are vital for us in doing our duties. We, at the Ministry of Defence, are working to make sure that the Hungarian society honor and respect our soldiers as much as our soldiers love their homeland. We safeguard Hungary’s peace and security”, said the State Secretary.
István Szabó underlined that the soldiers are dedicated and working a lot to make sure that events similar to this day’s one can be held with the ease of the epidemic situation. He added that Hungary is a secure country, but the very reason they have launched the comprehensive program mentioned above is to ensure that it remains so.
“Our goal is to make the Hungarian Defence Forces into a premier force in the region, and – as you could already see in Kecskemét and partly here, too – we are going on the right path”, the State Secretary said in closing his speech.
Dr. András Cser-Palkovics, the mayor of Székesfehérvár attending the opening, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade MP Tamás Varga and Dezső Szilády, the president of the Albatros Aircraft Association, the organizer of the air show all thanked the soldiers for their assistance and determination, also highlighting their recent performance in Afghanistan.
In the framework of the air show, István Szabó and Lieutenant-General Zoltán Mihócza, Chief of Staff, Hungarian Defence Forces Command laid their wreaths at the aviators’ memorial. The visitors of the day colored with civilian and military static and dynamic displays could receive information about the opportunities of volunteer and contract military service as well.