Air Show over Parque Araucano

A squadron of acrobatic planes flying low over Parque Araucano, Santiago

People that are new to Santiago often confuse Parque Arauco and Parque Araucano.
(Just so you know, Parque is the Spanish word for park)

Parque Arauco is a large shopping mall in Las Condes (Santiago).
Parque Araucano is the large park which happens to be along side Parque Arauco.

Now that we got that out the way, I was at Parque Araucano with my two little boys today, playing around with the camera I recently bought at the duty-free zone (Zofri) in Iquique when all of a sudden a thunderous roar came from above. We looked up and an F16 fighter plane had just flown by.

Side note…
The only reason I know it is an F16 is because a few years ago one of our Spanish students worked for Lockheed Martin (the makers of the plane). He was studying with us when the planes were first introduced into Chile and for the big presentation at the Fidae Air show (at the now defunct Cerrillos airport), we were invited to their private chalet right beside the runaway. I still remember that characteristic thunderous roar as the plane flew only metres from where we were and how the ground and everything literally shook.

Parque Araucano Air Show - F16 Fighter Plane

F16 Fighter Plane

But back to today…

The F16 went by a few times, and then to my surprise along came some acrobatic planes, also flying uncommonly low. They passed over numerous times doing all types of group formations and even made a heart shape in the air as well as the star shape as can be seen in the photos.

It wasn’t until I got home that I discovered that it was an air show to celebrate an anniversary of FACH (Fuerza Aérea de Chile – the Chilean Air Force).

Nice coincidence that I was there for it, and had my camera with me.

Did anyone else see this air show?

A heart made in the sky by acrobatic planes

Acrobatic Planes producing a star in the sky 1

Acrobatic Planes producing a star in the sky 2

Acrobatic Planes producing a star in the sky 3

The star made by the Acrobatic Planes slowly disappearing

Parque Araucano Air Show - Acrobatic Loop

Parque Araucano Air Show - Acrobatic Loop

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2 Responses to “Air Show over Parque Araucano”

  1. william January 17, 2012 at 1:38 am #

    when the air show happens ?

    • Rob W. January 17, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

      It was for the anniversary of FACH (whenever that is). I didn’t know it was going to happen, I was just in the right place at the right time.

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