Oludeniz International Air Games 2018
Air Games 2018. This is the 4th or 5th time we’ve been for the air games week in October. And this was the best Ive seen it it seems to get bigger and better each year. We are already on the lookout for flights for next year and we have only just got back.
The atmosphere is great throughout the games, and doesn’t stop when the last pilots land. Live music shows were on each night from a stage set up an the front. One night a hot air balloon set off from the beach.
October can be hit or miss for weather and when we arrived the heavens opened. We usually see torrential rain for a short while but this lasted 6 hours the strip was under 1 or 2 foot of water and when we got to our room it was also submerged under 3 inches. Luckily the bag with our passports etc was on a table out of the waters reach. We got another room and the next day it was glorious sunshine and was around 30 degrees. I took jeans and a sweatshirt for the evenings but as the last time I went in October they were never worn. T shirts and shorts in the evening, the weather was perfect.
Air Games 2018
We tried to count the paragliders in the air all at once, when we got towards 100 we gave up. Apparently this year there were over 900 paragliders there for the games from over 50 countries. There was a constant line of dolmus’s “buses” to shuttle the pilots to the top of “Babadag” The Mountain where they take off from. Some pilots landed on buildings and I saw one land on a table full of guests at the bar on the beach. With all the acrobatic tricks a few wings did collapse. Luckily the emergency parachutes worked. One pilot after opening his emergency parachute even managed to catch his wing as it fell through the air towards the sea.
Took a few pics below. Well that’s if for Oludeniz for a while we were thinking of going back again this Christmas but we have since booked a break in Mexico as a treat. So the next time we will see this beautiful country is in May 2019.