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AIRCRAFT WRECKS & RELICS (pictured 2011-today, excl. USA)

April 5, 2017 |

This gallery features pictures of aircraft that have been disposed of or preserved in one way or another; the airframes depicted here (gate-guards, monuments, eye-catchers, etc.) are photographed in the years 2011 onward. Note that some of the aircraft portrayed here are no longer present at the given location.

W&R portrayed in the USA are dealt with in a separate gallery (also in this album “Preserved Aircraft”).

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Kleine Brogel (B) Open Day / Tiger Meet, June 1978

March 12, 2014 |

The 1978 Tiger Meet was held at Kleine Brogel AB (Belgium) from 19-26 June. Participating were the air arms of 10 different countries including Norway, Greece and Portugal. On 23 June KB was open to the public and on Saturday 24 June the 31 squadron ‘Tiger’ area was open to the public. Both Frank and Hans visited the event.

 

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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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Ailes Anciennes Toulouse, September 2013

October 1, 2013 |

The Musee Aeronautique Ailes Anciennes is in the French city of Toulouse and has over 50 aircraft on display. The planes vary in the shape they are: some are fully restored and painted in original colours, while others seem to have been standing in the outside for over 50 years. Frank visited the “Ancient Wings” Museum early september 2013.

 

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Exhibits

September 8, 2013 |

This gallery is to portrait preserved aircraft (not airworthy),  that are used in “travelling” exhibitions, or museum aircraft that are presented to the public on the static show of an airshow/open day.

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Royal Air Force Wildenrath (G) Airshow, June 15th, 1969

August 28, 2013 |

On a very hot day in June 1969 the Wildenrath Airshow took place; Wildenrath was at the time one of the four RAF-Germany airbases. It was an excellent opportunity for young spotters,such as Hans and Frank , to enlarge their collection!

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Base Visit Bentwaters , U.K., August 1970

July 22, 2013 |

During a U.K. round-trip to several USAFE bases Hans (and a colleague aircraft-spotter) also visited RAF Bentwaters on August 20th , 1970.

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Spotting at Volkel (NL)

June 19, 2013 |

During the Sixties Volkel (NL) was an airbase where photography was not easy; nevertheless the authors (Hans and Frank) managed to take some pictures during that period . Later on facilities to do so grew easier. This gallery contains a selection of the images we took at Volkel – mainly standing near the landing-lights waiting for the aircraft to come in.

Some pictures , made by Frank on Thursday , June 12th , 2013, are added to this gallery

This was the day prior to the Open Days of the KLu; Frank and Hans went to Volkel in an attempt to catch some of the arrivals for the airshow. The Open Day of 13 June is reported in a separate gallery.

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