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ZHUKOVSKY, Moscow region, September 1 (Itar-Tass) - Exhibition flight performed by the Russian aerobatic group Pervy Polyot /First Flight/ on Sunday rounded up the program of MAKS’2013 international aerospace show.
In spite of overcast skies and drizzle, the day was fully devoted to exhibition flights over the town of Zhukovsky to the southeast of Moscow where the Mikhail Gromov Flight Research Institute is located. MAKS shows are traditionally held at the huge airdrome belonging to it.
Sunday’s program began after a delay of two hours but it was fulfilled eventually, albeit the organizers had to introduce some changes in it.
Spokespeople for the directorate of the show said this year’s number of visitors stood at around 340,000, which is almost 100,000 persons smaller than two years ago when MAKS’2011 was held
Total value of contracts stood at $ 21.2 billion. Produce was exhibited by more than a thousand companies from 44 countries.
“Our common feast is over now and we thank everyone who worked with us for the fact you were here in spite of our climatic situation at present,” a spokesman for the directorate told the spectators via a public address system.
With MAKS’2013 over, guests of the holiday who came to the airdrome decided to familiarize themselves with the static exposition of aircraft, to buy souvenirs, or simply to taste nice meals.
By the time of closure of the exhibition, the price of meals at fast foods and in shashlik snack houses went down several dozen percent and many of those who had spent the whole day at the airdrome could not resist the temptation of tasting something even though the situation had been spoiled by rain
For truth’s sake, the cloudy weather in Zhukovsky decided to present the pilots with an opportunity to finish their exhibition flights, while the pilots and the main flight executives did everything in their power to enable the visitors to enjoy a sophisticated air show. It should be admitted that the efforts brought about a successful completion of the program.