On June 21st and 22nd, 1980 two Open Days were held at Bierset AB in Belgium and it was one of the first times that a Belgian F-16 was shown in public. There were so few people visiting the Open Day on the 21st , making Hans think for a while that the organizers had assembled the aircraft on static especially for him…! Despite the less favourable weather conditions he took some colour-slides.
This gallery shows you some pictures taken during the September 1979 Open Day at Air Base Twenthe . The Dutch Grasshoppers-demoteam was already in full swing at the time flying their Alouette III-helis , then painted in a Zebra-livery. Also impressive was the solo-display by demo.pilot Hans van der Werf of 312 sq. in his shark mouth-nosed & red ,white and blue-tailed F-104G Starfighter.
On the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the R.Netherlands Air Force the annual Open Days in 1978 were held at Deelen AB ; Hans en Frank took a number of pictures there just to give you an impression ; amongst others the presence of the RAF Avro Vulcan and two USAFE F-111’s was significant.
A poor open day, mainly due to the very bad weather (as you can see on the photos made by Frank). After the presentation of 4 NF-5s, a Starfighter, a Troopship and a Magister of the Belgian Red Devils the further show had to be cancelled because of the strong wind. The static was okay though, featuring amongst others a Danish F-100F and RF-35 Draken.
The second K.Lu Open Day in 1972 was the one at Gilze Rijen AB on August 26th . There were no foreign aircraft present , but the mass-scramble of 316 squadron’s Northrop-Canadair NF-A/B’s attracted much attention by the assembled spotters and other spectators. Hans and Frank show you some of the pictures they made during that day.
One of the 2 Open Days held in Holland in 1972 and attended by both Hans and Frank ,was the one at Soesterberg AB, on June 3rd. ; unfortunately the only foreigners were an F-111 that made two high passes and a USAF Phantom.The static show consisted of the entire inventory of the Dutch Air Force and Dutch Navy. Same for the afternoon airshow.
On September 18th , 1971 Eindhoven AB opened its doors to the public. Especially for the Dutch Air Force-fans it was quite an interesting Open Day . Herewith we present you a selection of photos taken during this event , made by Frank and Hans , of which a few were made – by permission- in the operational area.