Airshows & Open Days
A visit to an airshow is an excellent opportunity for the spectator to see many aeroplanes together at the same time. The first air displays that we attended took place during the Nineteen Sixties (!) and we still are regular visitors. Throughout the years we have been present during more than 50 air-events and open days inside and outside the Netherlands and here you will find a selective , pictorial overview.
The 1965 (June 27th) Airshow at Brustem-St.Truiden AB, Belgium was the very first aviation-event attended by Hans (except for the Open Day at Eindhoven AB in 1963, of which he has no pictures available). The photos in this gallery are of very poor quality , taken as they were with very simple camera-equipment, but nevertheless worth while showing. They give you a sense of long ago…!
The flying-programme during the Open Days at Leeuwarden Air Base (NL) in June 2006 featured the U.S.Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team The Blue Angels. Never before they visited the Netherlands so this was their first time and for Dutch aircraft spotters it was an excellent opportunity to see their F-18 Hornets and one Hercules in action !
Apart from several excellent demoteams , such as The Turkish Stars , equipped with former Dutch Northrop-Canadair NF-5A/B’s , the Open Days at Volkel Air Base , the Netherlands in June 2007 , featured some interesting Warbird-participants , including two Hawker Hunters from Sweden (ex Swiss Air Force). Special guests on the Static Show came from Poland and – also not very common – was the presence of a U.S.Navy Lockheed Orion.