The air shows at WDS undoubtedly rank as some of the most spectacular in the region with impressive displays from several of the world’s leading air force teams and a plethora of fast-jet fighters.
The air display retains its significance as a powerful demonstration of an aircraft’s performance credentials, and is especially relevant in Saudi Arabia, the Middle East’s largest buyer of the latest international military aircraft.
The lead-off display team is the seven-strong RSAF Saudi Hawks, flying BAE Hawk Mk. 65A trainers and colouring the skies above the showground in the national colours of green and white, with a red counterpoint.
Equally striking is the Turkish Stars aerobatic team from the Turkish air force, flying their Northrop F-5As resplendent in red and white livery.
The Turkish Stars team and The People’s Liberation Army Air Force August 1st aerobatic team, flying six Chengdu J-10s, both made their debut at WDS.
Another aircraft making its debut at WDS is Pakistan’s JF-17C.
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