The Libyan Aviation Exhibition, LAVEX 2009, was held at Mitiga Air Base in the eastern suburbs of Tripoli from 5-8 October 2009. This years show was coincident with 40 years of Colonol Gaddafi's leadership so the city was covered in banners and green flags. There have been numerous celebrations, though the hoped for boost in military presence at the airshow was not apparent. Glorious weather meant that the morning flying, on the NE-SW runway was into sun so photographers, of which there were many, either had to migrate to the beach or wait for the late afternoon. At times it seemed that Dutch and British enthusiasts outnumbered the delegates.