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After having visited the Armed Forces Day at Rhein-Main Air Base , Germany on May 17th , 1969 (see elsewhere on the site) , Hans (and friends) left the base in the late afternoon to spend a little while aircraft-spotting “outside the gates and fences“.
We keep on spotting airplanes ; these pictures have been made “all over the globe ” , most of them in more recent years !
BEST HIT was a NATO competition in which the air forces of Italy, Greece and Turkey (plus a “guest-team” consisting of USAF 401 TFW from Torrejon, Spain and a USNavy unit from the USS Roosevelt, on mission in the Mediterranean Sea) took part.
On July 5th , 1968 Hans went to Royal Air Force Station Wildenrath , a few miles across the Dutch-German border . He positioned himself near the landing-approach lights and awaited the aircraft and helicopters that were to arrive to attend the two Open Days that were planned there on the next two days.
In November 2017 Frank had the opportunity to spend a few minutes in the Armed Forces Museum of Oman: an extensive collection of weaponry, with a.o. a few airframes that once belonged to the inventory of the Sultan of Oman Air Force.
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”).
In September 1988 it was 35 years ago that 306“reconnaissance“squadron of the K.Lu. came into operation.
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.