ILA stands for ‘Internationale Luftfahrt Austellung’ (International Aviation Display) and is a one-week event held every two years. It was held from 27 May until 1 June 2008.

B-25 Mitchell in Red Bull markingsThe last two days were used as Public Days with an airshow programme. At earlier years the ILA was at Hanover, but after the DDR went up into the German Republic it was relocated to the airport of Berlin Schönefeld. The ILA is a big international event just like the events held at Farnborough and Le Bourget with lots of exhibitors from the side of the aircraft manufacturers.

The ILA airshow is a nice mix of modern aircraft and veterans displays. Unfortunately the earlier anounced Tu-95 Bear did not show up and the visiting Rockwell B-1B bombers were only shown on the ground at the static display. Also the EADS Messerschmitt Me-109G did not participate during the public show because it groundlooped earlier that week and we only saw the Me-262 replica flying. The show was further very nice and very well organized with perfect weather!

Images bellow present following aircrafts:

Airbus 319, Airbus 320, Airbus 321, Airbus 380, An-26, Polisf AF, AS-532 Cougar II, B-1B, North American B-25, B-727 Ryanair, Bell UH-1 Huey, Bombardier Global, Bronco, C-17, C-130, C-135, Catalina, Cessna 210, Cessna 350, Cessna Caravan, CH-53, Chinook, Dakota, DC-6, Dornier Do 24, Do-28 Skyservant, Dornier Technologie Do-S Ray 007, EC-135 AWACS, Embraer ECJ135 Legacy 600, Eurocopter EC135, Eurocopter Tiger, Eurofighter Typhoon, Extra 500, F-15, F-16 KLU, F-18 KLU, F-5, Grippen Hungarian, HAL, Hind, Ju52, Klemm 35, MBB Bo105, Me-109 Ultra Light, MiG-29 Polish AF, MiG-29SM, Mil-171 Croatian, MS.505, Mustang, NH-90, Orion, Phantom Luftwaffe, Pitts aerobatic, Rafale, Raytheon 390 Premier, Spitfire, Tornado, Transal, VFW-614, Zlin Z526AFS.

Nico Braas