It was raining and pouring when a group of Dutch aircraft-spotters (Hans was one of them) arrived at Wiesbaden Air Base , Germany on May 18th , 1969. The group was coming from Frankfurt-Rhein. Main AB (see other picture gallery) and intended to be present during an Armed Forces Day at this air transport and communications facility., organized by USAFE.
In June 1969 we all three visited the Internationale Vliegmeeting at Bierset AB, Belgium, home of the 42nd recce squadron; the open days & air show took place on two days , namely 20 and 21 June 1969 and among the many interesting aircraft to be seen there was a significant U.S.Navy delegation.
On June 23rd , 1979 Florennes Air Base in Belgium opened its gates to the public. As usual the annually organized Air Meeting was impressive with many aircraft on the scene . The Danish Super Sabre on static and the spectacular performance during the air show of a French Navy Crusader and a Portuguese Air Force T-38 Talon are only a few of the highlights to be mentioned.
Fréjus-St. Raphael was a base of the Aéronavale (French Naval Air Arm); the base is closed now and turned into a recreational facility. Frank visited the June 1979 Open Day there.
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. We all three visited the event.
On August 31st ,1974 Twenthe AB was open to the public; the Dutch Naval Air service was well represented by a Neptune and an Atlantic ; furthermore the demoteam Popsy Black gave acte de presence with four Piper Super Cubs ; one of the few foreign participants was a British Harrier , stationed in Germany;
Hans shows some pictures he made during the Air Show.
On 19 September 1971 a memorable Open Day took place at Base Aérienne de Cambrai in Northern France and both Hans and Frank went there. Many aircraft of the resident squadrons including Super Mystères of the 12th Escadre de Chasse (FAF) , Fouga Magisters , T-33s ,a Flamant and a Mirage 4 were nicely lined up in front of the public. Also a Broussard of the 12th , a visiting Vautour and a Mirage 3C were on static. The 10th Escadre de Chasse was represented by a Super Mystère and a Magister.The air show comprised several Super Mystères , Fouga Magisters , T-33s , a Mirage 4 and a Noratlas.