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RAF Wildenrath (G) , July 5th , 1968 (arrivals for 50 Years R.A.F. Open Days)

January 13, 2018 |

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.

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Spotting at RAF Fairford , U.K. July 1987 (International Air Tattoo)

September 12, 2017 |

In July 1987  Hans boarded the ferry-boat from Hook of Holland to Harwich with his car and after arrival in the U.K.he  travelled to RAF Fairford.

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Spotting at Leeuwarden (NL)

July 22, 2017 |

For the first time Hans visited Leeuwarden AB (NL) as an aircraft-spotter in August 1967. In later years he came back several times. Needless to say it never was easy to picture aircraft in their landing-pattern and otherwise !

 

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RAF Greenham Common , U.K. , July 23rd, 1983 (International Air Tattoo)

October 4, 2014 |

On July 23rd , 1983 Scramble Tours organized a one day return trip to what is known as the biggest Air Show event in Europe : the International Air Tattoo at RAF Greenham Common , U.K.

Hans joined the travel-group and took to the air in NLM City Hopper’s Fokker F-28 Fellowship PH-CHN for a flight from Amsterdam AP (Schiphol) to Southampton , U.K. and onwards by touring car to destination.

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Royal Air Force Wildenrath (G) Airshow, June 15th, 1969

August 28, 2013 |

On a very hot day in June 1969 the Wildenrath Airshow took place; Wildenrath was at the time one of the four RAF-Germany airbases. It was an excellent opportunity for young spotters,such as Hans and Frank , to enlarge their collection!

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Hahn Air Base (Germany) Armed Forces Day 1971

March 28, 2013 |

On June 10th , 1971 Hahn Air Base in Germany , which was a USAFE Phantom base at the time , certainly was the place to be.  During that Armed Forces Day the USAF’s Flight Demonstration Team The Thunderbirds flying its F-4E Phantoms  performed a nice show.

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Wildenrath (Germany) Open House & Air Show 1968

February 12, 2013 |

On July 6th , 1968  , 50 Years of Royal Air Force was celebrated at RAF Wildenrath in Germany with a great Open House and Air Show and Hans was present to enjoy what was happening and to take a number of black and white pictures.By the way, RAF Wildenrath was one of the bases of RAF Germany and is now closed. Read More

Base visit Leeuwarden (NL), June, 1973 (RAF Lightnings)

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A squadron rotation took place at Leeuwarden AB in June 1973 between 323 sq. R.Neth.AF and nr.29 sq. RAF from Wattisham , equipped with Lightnings ; Frank visited this event on 19 June.

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Volkel (NL) Open Day, August 30th, 1975

October 24, 2012 |

An impression of the 1975 KLu. Open Day at Volkel, 30 August 1975 , made by Frank.

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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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