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Museo dell Aviazione, June 2014

November 8, 2014 |

In June 2014 Frank visited the Museo dell Aviazione in Italy.

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USS Alabama Memorial Park, November 2013

June 29, 2014 |

The USS Alabama is a retired battleship that is now docked in a bay near the city of Mobile, Alabama.

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Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola (FL) November 2013

March 29, 2014 |

On the premises of the huge Pensacola Naval Air Station (home of a.o. the demonstration team of the US Navy – the Bue Angels) is the NNAM, a museum that deals with the aviation legacy of both the US Navy, USMarines and Coast Guard.

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Air Force Armament Museum, Florida November 2013

February 8, 2014 |

The Air Force Armament Museum in Florida exhibits aviation warfare armament (bombs, rockets, missiles), as well as the platforms that are being used to fire resp. drop them. In this report we of course focus on the latter: on the aircraft that the museum displays.

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Wrecks, Relics & Monuments, USA, 2012/2013

December 24, 2013 |

This gallery holds a number of aircraft that are used as relics, monuments and gate guards which Frank encountered during trips through the USA in 2012 and 2013.

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Tactical Weapons Meet, September 1972, Florennes (Belgium)

October 12, 2013 |

In the old days NATO organized several exercises; TWM (Tactical Weapons Meet) was a competition between 2ATAF and 4ATAF (Allied Tactical Air Force). In 1972 it was held for the 10th time and participants at Florennes in Belgium were Canadian AF Starfighters (Judge Team), Belgian AF Starfighters) (2nd Wing , Florennes), French AF Mirages (Guest Team, Esc.11/3, Nancy-Ochey) ,W.German AF Starfighters (JBG31, Nörvenich and JBG33, Büchel), R.Neth.AF(311/312 sq., Volkel, Starfighters), Royal Air Force Germany (14/17/31 sq.,Brüggen with Phantoms) and USAF in Europe ( 36TFW, Bitburg and 81TFW, Bentwaters, Phantoms).

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National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C., May 2012

July 17, 2013 |

The Smithsonian Institution is a group of museums (located mainly in Washington DC) that covers areas such as art, natural history, biology, etc.

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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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New England Air Museum, CT USA, May 2012

March 10, 2013 |

In May 2012 Frank was in the New England Air Museum, one of the largest aviation museums in the Connecticut area.

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Tactical Weapons Meet 1976, Twente AB

January 20, 2013 |

The 1976 TWM (Tactical Weapons Meet) was the 12th edition of central Europe’s tactical attack competion. It was was held at Twente AB (NL) from 28 April till 15 May , visited by Frank on the 7th and by Hans on the 10th of May. TWM was a contest between teams of 2ATAF (Allied Tactical Air Force) and 4ATAF. The team from 2ATAF consisted of NF-5As of 316 squadron KLu of Gilze-Rijen AB, Mirages of 1 sqn BAFBierset, Starfighters of 1/31 JaBo Luftwaffe from Nörvenich and Phantoms of 31 sqn RAFG. 4ATAF consisted of 1/32 JaBo Luftwaffe, 1 CAG Canada, 22TFS/36TFW USAF and 23TFS/52TFW USAF from Spangdahlem (flying F-4D’s ). The French AF had sent a guest team, 3/13 Escadre from Colmar, equipped with Mirage 5Fs.The chase planes were NF-5Bs of Twente.

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