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Spotting at Soesterberg Air Base (NL)

November 17, 2013 |

Frank only incidentally visited Soesterberg AB , but Hans frequented the former Air Base quite often because he moved to the province of Utrecht (where Soesterberg is located) at the end of the Sixties , after having made his living in Eindhoven . So he (also) became a Soesterberg AB “home” spotter and he already has published a lot of his Soesterberg pictures elsewhere on the web. The picture-gallery on our website shows a limited selection of pictures not only of the aircraft of the resident American “Royal” squadron , The Wolfhounds , but also of various other planes that were stationed at Soesterberg AB or only paid a visit over the years. They were all taken from outside the base.

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Scheveningen & Deelen AB (NL) Airshows 1988

September 20, 2013 |

In 1988 two Air Shows took place in the Netherlands : one at Deelen Air Base on July 1st , celebrating 75 years of Dutch military aviation and one off-shore at Scheveningen Beach on June 4th. Highlight of the Deelen Air Show was the first performance in the Netherlands of the Swiss demoteam La Patrouille de Suisse , at the time still equipped with Hawker Hunters.

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Exhibits

September 8, 2013 |

This gallery is to portrait preserved aircraft (not airworthy),  that are used in “travelling” exhibitions, or museum aircraft that are presented to the public on the static show of an airshow/open day.

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Volkel (NL), Jubilee Open Day & Air Show, June 2013

July 5, 2013 |

In 2013 Volkel Air Base was the location where the Open Days , organized by the Royal Netherlands Air Force took place , celebrating 100 years of military aviation in the Netherlands and 60 years of K.Lu.

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Spotting at Volkel (NL)

June 19, 2013 |

During the Sixties Volkel (NL) was an airbase where photography was not easy; nevertheless the authors (Hans and Frank) managed to take some pictures during that period . Later on facilities to do so grew easier. This gallery contains a selection of the images we took at Volkel – mainly standing near the landing-lights waiting for the aircraft to come in.

Some pictures , made by Frank on Thursday , June 12th , 2013, are added to this gallery

This was the day prior to the Open Days of the KLu; Frank and Hans went to Volkel in an attempt to catch some of the arrivals for the airshow. The Open Day of 13 June is reported in a separate gallery.

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Volkel (NL) Tiger Meet, October 7th, 2010

November 4, 2012 |

The NATO Tiger Meet 2010 took place at Volkel AB; it showed participants from Holland, Belgium, Norway, Turkey, France, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. Hans and Frank attended the Spottersday that was organized on 7 October. (special thanks to EWAS & SGV)

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Kleine Brogel (Belgium) Tiger Meet, September 18th, 2009

November 4, 2012 |

In 2009 the annual NATO Tiger Meet exercise took place at Kleine Brogel AB, Belgium. Hans and Frank visited the base on 18 September.

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Base Visit Volkel AB (NL), October 19th, 1983 (Spotters Afternoon)

November 4, 2012 |

In the afternoon of October 19th , 1983 an aircraft-spotters meeting took place at Volkel AB . Hans was one of about two hundred enthusiasts who were present and took the opportunity to make pictures of some of the last operational Dutch (T)F-104 Starfighters of 306 squadron, 312 squadron & the All-Weather Flight (CAV) as well as some of the first General Dynamics F-16’s issued to nr. 311 squadron. An NF-5B from Eindhoven , a Dutch Navy Orion from Valkenburg and a Bölkow-105 helicopter made this well-spent afternoon complete.

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Gilze-Rijen Open Day (NL), June 18th, 2010

October 26, 2012 |

Hans and Frank attended the Luchtmachtdagen (Air Force Days) at Gilze Rijen AB on the 18th of June 2010.

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Kleine Brogel Airshow (Belgium), September 5th, 1998

October 26, 2012 |

The motto of the 1998 BAF airshow at Kleine Brogel AB (that took place on 5 September and which was visited by Hans and Frank) was “20 Years F-16 Fighting Falcon”; and indeed the organizers managed to bring together a huge number of F-16s. The programme brochure said it: “For sure we can give you a rendez-vous for the next F-16 anniversary, maybe in the year 2018!” .

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