Nowadays the variety is somewhat limited, but in the past aircraft-spotters had the opportunity to see far more different (military) aircraft types flying by and in greater numbers. Especially lucky for us ,however, belonging to the older generation, many of these still can be seen namely in aircraft museums, as gate-guards at airbases, as eyecatchers, static displays, wrecks, etc. etc.
In this album we try to bring together images of the preserved past.
The impressive Museum of Aviation is based in a segregated area of Robins AFB, near Atlanta, Georgia.
The Musee Aeronautique Ailes Anciennes is in the French city of Toulouse and has over 50 aircraft on display. The planes vary in the shape they are: some are fully restored and painted in original colours, while others seem to have been standing in the outside for over 50 years. Frank visited the “Ancient Wings” Museum early september 2013.
The Smithsonian Institution is a group of museums (located mainly in Washington DC) that covers areas such as art, natural history, biology, etc.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force celebrated 100 years of military aviation in the Netherlands & 60 years of K.Lu. with two Open Days, 14&15 June; this event was featuring a lot of warbirds and a fair number of them are depicted in this report.
In 1995 it was commemorated that 50 year ago World War II ended and therefore Air Base Soesterberg was open to the public from April 29th to May 7th. Each day there were flying activities and demonstrations in the sky , given by a number of Warbirds that were present. Hans made a selective photo-report.
Pictures of aircraft that have been disposed of or preserved in one way or another ; this gallery deals with airframes photographed in the years 1960-2009. No need to say that the majority of the airframes presented here are no longer present.
At the Florennes Airshow (Belgium) on 21 June 1975, a couple of warbirds showed up as well: the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane of the Battle-of-Britain Memorial Flight. There was also a Boeing B-17 present carrying a French civil registration. This aircraft became a “real” warbird in later years , painted in USAAF-colours. Hans and Frank were among the spectators.