The 70th Anniversary of the R.Netherlands AF was celebrated at Deelen AB on June 11th , 1983. Highlight of this event , however , was the impressive formation- Fly-Past of 18 Dutch Starfighters followed by a Base-Attack by a number of others, which marked the end of an era : after 20 years of operational service this type of aircraft was to be phased out the same year.
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.
The Open Day at French Air Force Base Colmar, home of the 13th Wing was not very special but featured one of the first public appearances of the Patrouille de France with its new Alpha Jet; the aircraft still wore their civil registrations. This is Frank’s photo-report.