In June 1998 the last Open Day at RAFG Laarbruch took place and Frank went there ; the base was closed down in the same year and the airfield became known as Niederrhein, later on the name was changed in Weeze airport. The airline Ryanair is one of the main operators today. There was no flying on the Open Day, just a static show.
On the occasion of the 1995 NATO Tiger Meet an Open Day was organized at Kleine Brogel AB (Belgium) where the Tiger Meet was held in September. The pictures in this gallery were made by Frank.
On July 3rd , 1987 , one day before the actual Open Day at Twenthe AB (NL) took place , many aircraft-spotters and other enthusiasts already found their way to this air base . They all came to watch and to make pictures of the aircraft that were arriving for the Static Show on the next day. The Royal Air Force-component was most extensive with 1 Hunter , 1 Hawk , 1 Harrier , 1 Bucccaneer , 2 Phantoms , 2 Jaguars , 1 Puma and 1 Wessex participating ! Hans also joined the party and took a number of pictures , of which a selection is shown in this gallery.
During the fifties and sixties Chièvres Air Base in the south of Belgium was in active use by the Belgian Air Force , but later on it gradually became an air-transport facility for V.I.P’s who are visiting SHAPE (the NATO-HQ in Brussels). Sometimes Open Days & Air Shows took place at this location , such as the one on June 20th ,1987 , which was attended by Hans. The presence of two USAF B-52’s (one at the Static Show and one demo-aircraft in the air) was without any doubt impressive !
The Open Days at Eindhoven AB in September 1986 were quite representative for those days with various NATO aircraft arriving on the 19th and an Air Show on the 20th. Excellent weather conditions marked the event and this gallery , which – as usual- only presents a selective overview of the proceedings , contains a photo-review made by Hans.
The 70th Anniversary of the R.Netherlands AF was celebrated at Deelen AB on June 11th , 1983. Highlight of this event , however , was the impressive formation- Fly-Past of 18 Dutch Starfighters followed by a Base-Attack by a number of others, which marked the end of an era : after 20 years of operational service this type of aircraft was to be phased out the same year.
The Open Day at French Air Force Base Colmar, home of the 13th Wing was not very special but featured one of the first public appearances of the Patrouille de France with its new Alpha Jet; the aircraft still wore their civil registrations. This is Frank’s photo-report.