In early July, Ukraine hosted the military historical project Club of Antique Aircrafts which included an exhibition of historic aircrafts, a festival and a series of flyovers by the British flying club Air Squadron throughout four Ukrainian cities: Lviv, Kiev, Sevastopol and Vinnytsia. Accompanying the Air Squadron was one of its founders and a member of British Royal Family, Prince Michael of Kent.
The President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, who met with Prince Michael while visiting the retro-aircrafts exhibition in the State Aviation Museum in Kiev, stated that this joint effort in the humanitarian sector helps bring people together, carries a positive effect on bilateral relations and is extremely important for the education of the younger generations. In addition, President Yanukovych and Prince Michael of Kent discussed a broad range of foreign policy issues including Ukraine's European integration and modernization. Prince Michael of Kent stressed that in the UK, they were closely monitoring the reforms and European integration processes in Ukraine.
The project was jointly organized by the Ukrainian government and the Air Squadron flying club of the United Kingdom which includes over two dozen aircrafts built -during World War I and World War II as well as during the post war period. The antique aircrafts flew all the way from the United Kingdom to partake in the exhibitions and flyovers.
While in Crimea, the antique aircrafts flew over the battlefield during a re-enacted battle of Balaclava, which took place during the Crimean War of 1853-1856.
During the event, Prince Michael and the British Air Squadron flying club selected the Best Western Sevastopol Hotel as their “home away from home” while the hotel also hosted the event’s “farewell ball” for over 150 attendees in their breath-taking, ground floor “Admiral Hall”.