August 31st , 1984 was one day before the actual Open Day took place at Soesterberg AB , the Netherlands and the gates were already open to the public. Hans decided to go there and take a look . The 4 German Phantoms in formation attracted much attention. These are the pictures he made during that day.
For a one-day excursion Hans made a flight in Fokker F-28 PH-MAT from Schiphol to Hahn Air Base in Germany on September 18th , 1978 . This base was the home of the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing , USAFE , equipped with F-4E Phantoms. The base was closed in 1993 and it is now called Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. A small impression of the day’s visit goes hereby. (special thanks to KNVOL for organizing this trip)
In August 1970 RAF Alconbury , U.K. (now closed) was the home of the 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (USAFE) , equipped with McDonnell RF-4C Phantoms . Hans and Frank visited the base during that month on different days , via official invitation and as aircraft-spotters. (special thanks to Mr. A. Wever, who was Hans’ travel-companion at the time)
The 1969 TWM (NATO Tactical Weapons Meet) was held at Fliegerhorst Nörvenich in Germany. Participants to the Meet came from 311/312 squadron(K.Lu.), 10W (BAF), 11 Escadre (FAF), 53 TFS/36 TFW and 20TFW (USAFE), 1AD (RCAF), JABOG 33 + LeKG43/44(Luftwaffe) and 3 sq. (RAF). Referees were flying German TF-104Gs. Frank was present and took the pictures in this gallery.
Israel has a very interesting aircraft museum, located in a corner of Hatserim Air Base. Hatserim is in the Negeb desert, some 150 kms south of Jeruzalem. The museum exhibits all types that ever entered service with the Israeli Air Force. Hatserim Airbase also houses a storage centre which is adjacent to the museum. Frank was there in November 2010 and pictured both in the museum as well as some of the aircraft held in open storage.
The USS Intrepid has a weight of over 40.000 tons, is over 300 metres long and served as an aircraft carrier in the USNavy from 1943 till 1974. The ship is now anchored in the New York harbour and houses the Air-Sea-Space museum: a remarkable collection of aircraft from several nations and decades. (This gallery courtesy Tim Klaassen)
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.
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.