- Hans Weber
- December 1, 2023
NATO Days and Czech Air Force Days Draw 185,000 Spectators in Mošnov
The 23rd edition of NATO Days and Czech Air Force Days, held at Leoš Janáček Ostrava Airport in Mošnov, Novojičínsko, was a resounding success, attracting approximately 185,000 visitors over the weekend. This annual event showcased the latest advancements in NATO and the Czech Air Force, featuring an array of aircraft, ground equipment, aerobatic displays, and ground demonstrations.
The event commenced with the largest security parade in Europe on the first day, drawing a crowd of around 100,000 spectators. On Sunday, the airport welcomed an additional 85,000 visitors eager to explore the offerings, which included over 90 aircraft and nearly 1,000 pieces of ground equipment. Among the highlights were the F-35 Lightning II fighter jets, which garnered significant attention both in the air and on the ground. Spectators had the unique opportunity to admire the real aircraft and explore a life-sized demonstrator model.
The event also showcased impressive aerobatic displays by renowned groups, including the Swiss PC-7 TEAM and Polish groups Orlik and Želazny. Various military branches, police, customs, and prison services conducted ground demonstrations, adding to the overall excitement of the event.
Despite the large turnout, the NATO Days proceeded smoothly, with no significant incidents reported. Law enforcement authorities handled minor infractions against public order, and there was only one reported case of a lost wallet. Additionally, 12 cases of lost children were promptly resolved, with the children found unharmed. Traffic flow remained unaffected, despite the demands placed on serving police officers over the weekend.
The warm weather did result in more than 50 cases of heat exhaustion and dehydration among attendees, who received immediate medical attention on-site. An additional 80 visitors experienced various health issues, none of which were life-threatening. Three patients required transportation to the hospital, while most cases involved minor internal ailments or minor injuries, as confirmed by Lukáš Humpl, spokesperson for the Moravian-Silesian Emergency Medical Services.
The 23rd edition of NATO Days and Czech Air Force Days succeeded in providing a captivating and informative experience for the public while ensuring their safety and well-being during the event.
Article by Prague Forum