There were not many trips during our time living in Slovakia where Susann did not join me. However, there are always exceptions to the rule and today I write about one of the most interesting ones. This particular trip took me and two friends to the small town of Sliač in central Slovakia. During the summer I and some friends had seen posters about an airshow – the Slovak International Air Fest or SIAF. In 2013 the general partner was SAAB – the Swedish producer of military equipment. All posters were showing the Swedish fighter named Gripen. Eventually, we decided that we should visit the show. That is how we ended up in the small town on a Saturday morning.
Going to Sliač
We were quite lucky in our planning and the train from Bratislava did actually stop in the small town. Not next to the airfield, but within walking distance. After leaving Bratislava early in the morning we found ourself in Sliač approximately three hours later. This is a town that is quite famous for its spas, but we had no time for that. Instead, we started to walk to the airfield on the other side of the village. Finding our way wasn’t very difficult, as there was a constant stream of people from the train that all seemed to have the same destination in mind.
Slovak International Air Fest (SIAF)
I had been to two previous air shows, both in Linköping, Sweden. As the general partner of SIAF happened to be SAAB, there were a lot of similarities. What comes to mind is especially the focus on the Gripen fighter aircraft. We had perfect weather the whole day and could really enjoy the sight of the different aircraft as well as some goulash soup for food. Will let the photos say the rest. Who knows, maybe I will return to Sliač in 2017 for another show.