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AIRCRAFT WRECKS & RELICS (pictured 2011-today, excl. USA)

April 5, 2017 |

This gallery features pictures of aircraft that have been disposed of or preserved in one way or another; the airframes depicted here (gate-guards, monuments, eye-catchers, etc.) are photographed in the years 2011 onward. Note that some of the aircraft portrayed here are no longer present at the given location.

W&R portrayed in the USA are dealt with in a separate gallery (also in this album “Preserved Aircraft”).

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KLu : Alouette III (Search and Rescue)

March 16, 2017 |

In 1966 the Royal Netherlands Air Force acquired five Alouette III helicopters from the French Sud Aviation-factory (nowadays : Aerospatale ) especially for use in the Search And Rescue-role (S.A.R.).

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Rheine-Hopsten Open Day, June 1977

February 27, 2017 |

The Rheine Open Day of 11 June 1977 featured a somewhat poor static. Read More

KLu : Lockheed T-33

January 29, 2017 |

As a two-seat jet trainer the Lockheed T-33 – commonly known as ” T-Bird” – was developed from the F-80 Shooting Star jet fighter during the Fifties. Read More

VOLKEL 2009 Air Force Days

December 7, 2016 |

The 2009 Open Days of the KLu were in June. Read More

Leeuwarden Base Visit , October 21st , 1987

November 2, 2016 |

On October 21st , 1987 Hans took part in an excursion to  Air Base Leeuwarden , organized by KNVOL.

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Gilze-Rijen AB Open Day (NL), July 2002

October 22, 2016 |

On 5 and 6 July 2002 Gilze-Rijen AB was open to the public; it was a standard static- and airshow without special surprises. Below are some photos Frank took during the event:

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Hermeskeil Museum (Germany), August 1990 & July 2016

October 15, 2016 |

In 1990 Hans visited the German Hermeskeil Aviation Museum. His introduction to the gallery he created on this site was:

“In the sceneric hill country of the Hunsrück near Hermeskeil in Germany an interesting aircraft museum is located , owned by the Junior Family. Hans made some pictures there on August 21st , 1990.”

In July 2016 Frank visited the same place. His pictures show the differences between then and now:

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THUNDERSTREAKS of the KLu/Netherlands Air Force (in active service)

September 20, 2016 |

In the mid fifties the KLu (Koninklijke Luchtmacht) acquired 180 Thunderstreaks, registered P-101 to P-277 and P-298 to P-300. The majority of the Streaks depicted in this album are selected out of the range P-157 to P-300, being the last of the type in operational service, flying with both 314 and 315 squadrons from Eindhoven AB. The Streak entered service in 1955 and the last ones were phased out in 1970. Last departures to other air forces (see below) took place in 1971. Read More

KLu : FOKKER F-27

September 4, 2016 | 1

With hundreds of airplanes sold worldwide , the F-27 was undoubtedly the most successful design of the Dutch Fokker aircraft factory and it was even built under license by Fairchild in the U.S.

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