Posts By Hans
A visit to the Burgundy wine castle of Savigny-les Beaunes in France is an experience in itself , but the fact that there are numerous ex-military aircraft on exhibition in the surrounding area , makes a visit even more worth while. Hans did so on August 26th , 1990. At the time the a/c were in a somewhat shabby condition , but still in their original livery. Nowadays most of them have been freshly painted up , so if you are in the neighbourhood : don’t miss this extraordinary collection!
While en-route from the RIAT at RAF Fairford , U.K. back to the ferry-boat in July 1987 , Hans made an overnight-stop to pay a visit to Duxford , U.K. Located there is the Imperial War Museum, which houses a large collection of ex-military aircraft , especially of World War Two-origin. This gallery shows just a few pictures of the in – and outdoor exhibitions.
On July 30th , 1979 Hans arranged a short visit to the USAF Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB (near Dayton, Ohio) , while he was on holiday in the U.S.A. ; this photo-report shows some of the pictures he made there.
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.
During the fifties and sixties Chièvres Air Base in the south of Belgium was in active use by the Belgian Air Force , but later on it gradually became an air-transport facility for V.I.P’s who are visiting SHAPE (the NATO-HQ in Brussels). Sometimes Open Days & Air Shows took place at this location , such as the one on June 20th ,1987 , which was attended by Hans. The presence of two USAF B-52’s (one at the Static Show and one demo-aircraft in the air) was without any doubt impressive !
During their European Tour in 1984 the U.S.Air Force’s Flight Demonstration Team The Thunderbirds with their F-16’s also visited Soesterberg Air Base in the Netherlands on June 12th. The public had free access to the Base for the duration of the show and many thousands of people watched and admired the team’s flying skills. Hans was one of the spectators and took the pictures in this gallery , although three of the slides used were acquired via swopping with one of his correspondents at the time.
On September 11th , 1981 , the day before the actual Open Day at Soesterberg AB took place , the public had already (limited) access to the field . Due to heavy overcast and frequent rainshowers there wasn’t much demo-flying activity , but the Static Show on the ground was satisfactory , including amongst others an F-5E Tiger II of the American “Agressors”-squadron , based at Alconbury , U.K. Hans likes to show you some scans of the colour-slides he took on the 11th.
On June 21st and 22nd, 1980 two Open Days were held at Bierset AB in Belgium and it was one of the first times that a Belgian F-16 was shown in public. There were so few people visiting the Open Day on the 21st , making Hans think for a while that the organizers had assembled the aircraft on static especially for him…! Despite the less favourable weather conditions he took some colour-slides.
This gallery shows you some pictures taken during the September 1979 Open Day at Air Base Twenthe . The Dutch Grasshoppers-demoteam was already in full swing at the time flying their Alouette III-helis , then painted in a Zebra-livery. Also impressive was the solo-display by demo.pilot Hans van der Werf of 312 sq. in his shark mouth-nosed & red ,white and blue-tailed F-104G Starfighter.
In 1969 the KLu held two small Open Days : one at Leeuwarden AB and the other at Gilze Rijen AB ; both air bases were open to the public on Friday and Saturday ; these are the pictures of the Leeuwarden Open Day of Friday August 15th , made by Hans.