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Posts By Hans & Frank

National Military Museum ,Soesterberg (NL)

December 17, 2019 |

Until 2008 Soesterberg Air Base , the Netherlands  was in use by the KLu. and in that year the base was closed for operational flying activities.The American 32nd “Wolfhounds“ squadron already disbanded back in 1994.

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BAF trainers: Siai SF260M/D

October 18, 2019 |

The Siai-Marchetti SF-260M training aircraft replaced the Stampe en Vertongen SV-4B with the Belgian Air Force. 36 SF.260Ms entered service in 1969 serialled ST-01 to ST-36. MORE THAN 50 YEARS IN SERVICE NOW! An additional 9 aircraft (of the D-type) … Read More

Klu aircraft : C-130 Hercules

October 12, 2019 |

The Lockheed aircraft factory in the U.S. designed and produced a variety of aircraft of great fame through the years.

One of their major achievements in the military transport aircraft field has been the C-130 Hercules driven by four Allison … Read More

Kleine Brogel (Belgium) Open Day, June 28th, 1986

June 23, 2019 |

It was a very hot summer day when Kleine Brogel AB , Belgium , was open to the public on June 28th , 1986 ; this gallery shows some of the pictures made by Hans and Frank .

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Tactical Weapons Meet 1976, Twente AB

May 23, 2019 |

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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Best Hit Weapons Meet 1972, Larissa, Greece

May 22, 2019 | 3

BEST HIT was a NATO competition in which the air forces of Italy, Greece and Turkey took part ( together with a joint “guest-team” assembled from USAFE´s 401 Tactical Fighter Wing ,Torrejon, Spain and  U.S. Navy squadrons VA-15 and VA-87 , while on deployment to the aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt  in the Mediterranean Sea) Read More

Keiheuvel Air Shows (B) , 1968 – 1972

August 19, 2018 | 1

In the late 1960 and early 1970ties the Keiheuvel airshows (Keiheuvel is a dusty grass airstrip in the north of Belgium) were notorious among the Eindhoven spotters.

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Spotting Elsewhere

February 28, 2018 |

P1010723We travel a lot and keep on spotting airplanes; these pictures have been made in skies and airfields all over the globe, in more recent years.

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KLu : Pilatus PC.7 Turbo Trainer

February 16, 2018 |

The Swiss built Pilatus PC.7 elementary trainer for young pilots has been in service with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (KLu) now for more than two decades and continues to serve well.

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Spotting at Eindhoven (NL)

October 27, 2017 |

Eindhoven was the city where the authors both grew up and became “real” aircraft-spotters at the nearby air base. They made many pictures there throughout the years often under difficult circumstances ! This gallery contains a selection of these “blood, sweat and tears”-pics taken at Eindhoven (NL). The Eindhoven based Thunderstreaks are not in this gallery, but all in one seperate album. Note that in the 60/70ties Eindhoven AB also had a Base-Flight with Lockheed T-33’s,Harvards etc. You will find some pictures of these aircraft in this gallery.

A few images taken in more recent years are incorporated as well. Eindhoven now houses the transport fleet of the RNethAF (pics are in gallery named “KLu aircraft”).

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