Only a few non-resident K.Lu. aircraft participated in the Static Show during the 1967 Open Day at Eindhoven AB and during the Air Display the F-102 Delta Dagger of the Soesterberg-based American squadron , which was also on static , gave a flight-demonstration. Especially to the Thunderstreak-fans this event was attractive , because quite a number of the F-84F’s based here were in close-view.
On August 20th another Warbirds-Fly-In took place , namely at Lelystad AP , organized by the Aviodrome Museum and Hans went to this enjoyable event. Especially the “real” Army Camps in World War II-style set up by volunteers attracted much attention as well as the musical shows from that era. Some interesting Warbirds did arrive of which the Lockheed P-38 Lightning certainly was the high-light!
Hans made a number of pictures near Gilze Rijen AB (NL) in the course of years especially during deployments but also showing arriving and departing aircraft during Open Days and other occasions. A selection of these are or will be included in this gallery.
In 1985 it was 50 years ago that the famous Douglas DC-3 Dakota took to the air for the first time. Opportunity for a Golden DC-3 Jubilee-celebration , organized at Eindhoven Airport and bringing together five airworthy Douglas DC-3’s : some in civilian, others in warbirds livery . In this gallery Hans shows you some pictures he made on July 6th.
In 1985 it was forty years ago that World War II ended and therefore a special Liberation Airshow was organized at Rotterdam-Zestienhoven Airport on May 5th . Lots of Warbirds and historic aircraft were present and this gallery shows a selection of pictures, taken by Hans.
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.
Two K.Lu. Open Days took place in 1967 : one was organized at Eindhoven AB in September and the other one at Soesterberg AB in June. This gallery shows you some black & white pictures taken at Soesterberg by Hans. The Hawker Hunters of nr.325 squadron were still going strong at the time!
On September 9th , 1966 a Family Day and small Air Show took place at Eindhoven AB ; Hans was present by invitation and – although photography was not allowed officially – managed to take some interesting photos.