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Posts By Hans & Frank

WARBIRDS: Kleine Brogel (B) Spotters Day, September 18th, 2009

October 23, 2012 |

In September 2009 Kleine Brogel hosted the annual Tiger Meet; spotters were allowed to observe the flying activities on September 18th. Coincidently in the weekend following the nearby Sanicole/Helchteren Airshow was to take place; a number of warbirds that were to perform at Sanicole were temporarily based at KB , so Hans and Frank took the opportunity to take some pictures of them!

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Twenthe AB Airshow (NL), June 20 – 21, 2003

October 20, 2012 |

On 20 and 21 June 2003 Hans and Frank attended the Airshow at the (now closed) R.Neth.A.F. airbase Twenthe. Frank took his pictures on the 21st, Hans on the 20th of June.

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Deelen AB (NL) Open Day, June 17th, 1978

October 19, 2012 |

At least two Warbirds participated in the Airshow at Deelen in 1978 : the Mitchell and the Boeing B-17, both painted in USAAF-colours. Hans shows you the pictures he made of them.

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Florennes AB (Belgium) , Open Day , June 21st, 1975

October 19, 2012 |

In 1975 the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon  , at the time a brand new jet aircraft design from the U.S.A. ,  made a European Tour to interest potential customers

This YF-16A was also part of the exhibition during the (rainy) Open Day at Florennes Air Base , Belgium on June 21st , 1975 , visited by Hans and Frank.

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Sixties and Later Years : Prominent PH- registrations

October 19, 2012 |

When Warbirds first took to the sky during the Sixties lots of them were kept in flying condition with their assigned civil registrations prominently visible .The (Lancaster-Spitfire-Hurricane) aircraft of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight were among the first to be seen , painted  in military colours. In the Netherlands the first Warbirds were some ex-KLu -Harvards such as the ones in this gallery  , photographed at the Gilze Rijen airshow on August 26 , 1972 , with their PH-registrations prominently visible . Only in later years it became gradually more common to re-paint them entirely in (former) military colours but also then  warbirds could sometimes be seen with their civil-regis. clearly visible. Read More

Spotting in Germany

October 18, 2012 |

The pictures in this gallery were taken in Germany by the authors throughout the years often under difficult circumstances , always staying outside the gates and fences of military airfields.

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Spotting in Belgium

October 18, 2012 |

Photography in Belgium near military airfields and outside the gates and fences was not allowed for many years during the Sixties. The pictures in this gallery represent a selection , taken by the authors in Belgium from early to present days. Also are included some pictures of single ,operational military aircraft , visiting an air-event and taken within the area of an airfield.

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Spotting in the U.K.

October 17, 2012 | 1

In 1970 Hans and Frank made a trip to the U.K. albeit separately and visited several USAFE air bases and took a lot of pictures , most of them “near the landing lights”.

The pictures in this gallery are just a selection and some of them were certainly not easy to take!

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Soesterberg /MLM- Kamp van Zeist / MLM-Soesterberg (NL), 1980 – 2013

September 29, 2012 |

The Royal Netherlands Air Force Museum (MLM) was established at Soesterberg Air Base in 1968 and moved to a location nearby the village of Soesterberg , called Kamp van Zeist , in 1980 . In this gallery Hans and Frank show you a selection of photographs they made there in the course of time , representing its interesting collection of military aircraft. Dating back to the years 2011 to 2013 also a number of pictures are included , taken in the shelter area of Camp New Amsterdam and in the new housing of the museum at the former air base .

In December 2014 a magnificent , new National Military Museum (NMM) has been opened to the public at the former Air Base . more than worth while visiting !

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