As a rule, all pictures on this website were made by Hans Engels or Frank Klaassen (the webmasters of Thunderstreaks.com).
Yet, in the course of time we have collected a considerable number of slides and negatives that have been made by other collegue spotters/photographers. As a rule these slides/negatives have come to us through a network of foreign correspondents with whom we used to swop photographic material. Since we would like to share this material as well, we created this specific gallery.
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.
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.
The Smithsonian Institution is a group of museums (located mainly in Washington DC) that covers areas such as art, natural history, biology, etc.
Frank visited Koksijde to report on the BAF 40th Squadron Heli (at that time equipped with 4 HSS-1/S-58 helicopters, three Alouette IIIs and five Sea King Mk.48’s); the Sea Kings had been delivered to Koksijde in November of the previous year. Another part of the field housed the storage center of the Belgian Air Force. Present there in January ’77 were about 20 C-119s, some C-47 Dakotas, Pembrokes and DC-6s. All the Pembrokes were stored in a hangar; they were in a splendid condition and sold somewhat later to various civil customers.
In August 1976 Hans had the unique opportunity to pay a two-day visit to the aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ during her first deployment to the Mediterranean. He made the flight to the carrier in Grumman Greyhound 148148 (no photos available) and the return flight in Sea Knight 151934. (special thanks to Mr. J.Hogetoorn Sr.)
From 25 to 29 May 1970 the fourth NATO Helicopter Rescue Meet was organized at the former R.Neth.AF base Ypenburg near The Hague. Hans was invited on the 28th of May to make a photo-report and his pictures are shown in this gallery. The competition brought together rescue-delegations from 7 countries and the winner of the Henri Dunant trophy proved to be the Royal Air Force -team , flying Westland Whirlwind-helicopters. (see also our gallery on the 1972 Heli Meet , then taking place at Lee-On-Solent , U.K.!) (special thanks to Mr. N. Larsen)