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WARBIRDS at the Zoersel/Malle Fly-in August 2017

August 21, 2017 |

W-L2 IMG_2836 - versie 2It is always a pleasure to visit the annual fly-in at Zoersel/Malle airfield (Belgium).

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Spotting at Leeuwarden (NL)

July 22, 2017 |

For the first time Hans visited Leeuwarden AB (NL) as an aircraft-spotter in August 1967. In later years he was present there again , mainly during squadron-exchanges and to photograph arriving aircraft for Open Days held there. Needless to say it never was easy to picture aircraft in their landing-pattern and otherwise !

Just recently , on April 4th , 2017 , Hans went to Leeuwarden to spend an afternoon “aircraft-spotting“,while the NATO exercise “Frisian Flag“ was taking place. The spotting-facilities were good and the weather was nice. For photography he used his old Asahi Pentax camera with 135 mm. telelens . So the selection of scans you will see in this gallery were made of original colour slides !

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Base visit Bierset (B), May 1970

June 29, 2017 |

In May 1970 Frank was allowed to visit the Belgian Air Force base of Bierset, at that time home of no. 42 recce squadron (flying the RF-84F Thunderflash) and of the T-33A equipped VZZ Flight.

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Base Visit Eindhoven , September 24th , 1966 (Super Sabres USAFE)

June 29, 2017 |

In the weekend of the 24th and 25th of September 1966 four North American F-100 Super Sabres of the 48th TFW, USAFE from Lakenheath, U.K. visited Eindhoven AB ; a few Eindhoven-aircraft spotters (Hans was one of them) managed to … Read More

Aircraft-Carrier Visit USS Nimitz, August 16 – 17, 1976

June 28, 2017 |

In August 1976 Hans had the opportunity to pay a two-day visit to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ during its first deployment to the Mediterranean. Departing from NAS Sigonella Sicily on the 16th he made the flight to the aircraft-carrier in Grumman Greyhound 148148 (only some Super 8 movie images available ) and landed on the ship , which was Рas you can imagine Рa unique experience , never to forget (!) .The return flight to Sigonella  was made in Boeing-Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight 151934 on the following day.giving an excellent view while flying low over the sea and the island of Sicily Read More

THUNDERSTREAKS of the K.Lu/ Royal Netherlands Air Force (in active service)

May 9, 2017 |

In the mid fifties the KLu (Koninklijke Luchtmacht) acquired 180 Republic F-84F 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

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