Peace and Freedom Day 2014
Airshow at the Old Kyrenia Harbour
By Ralph Kratzer
Sometimes it is a great advantage to be Secretary of The Foreign Residents in the TRNC (TFR).
When a friend of mine and member of the TFR learned that I wanted to watch the airshow on the occasion of the Peace and Freedom Day 2014, he invited me spontaneously to enjoy the spectacle on the balcony of his apartment in the middle of the picturesque Old Harbour of Kyrenia. Of course I could not miss this opportunity and accepted, full of anticipation.
So my girlfriend and I took the way to Kyrenia on the early afternoon of July 20th. We providently took one of the many frequently running minibuses (dolmus), firstly because the parking spaces in the city center would be extremely rare on that day and secondly because we of course wanted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Turkish peace intervention in Cyprus with a good bottle of red wine…
The balcony of our friend turned out to be the absolute box seat. What a privilege to be able to watch the airshow from there!
The Old Harbour gradually filled with spectators, the seats in the numerous cafes and restaurants were soon all occupied. Nevertheless, we first strengthened ourselves with delicious fish and Sheftali Kebab at a restaurant, owned by an old friend of mine – the well-known Canli Balik .
Then on time at 6pm the first attraction of the evening appeared in the sky, Solo Türk, probably the best jetpilot of the Turkish Air Force. His stunts with the F-16 jet were as always stunning and when he thundered low over the harbour the glasses wobbled on the tables everywhere around!
After that the Türkish Red Stars Aerobatic Team flew their absolutely precise formations and daredevil maneuvers. The spectators all around were thrilled.
Learn more about Solo Türk and The Turkish Red Stars – clicking here!
Enjoy more photos of the stunning event in a slideshow by clicking here!
(Most of the pictures were taken by my esteemed colleague, the professional photographer Susie Forster. You can also visit her website by clicking this link: susieforster.com)