Nowadays the variety is somewhat limited, but in the past aircraft-spotters had the opportunity to see far more different (military) aircraft types flying by and in greater numbers. Especially lucky for us ,however, belonging to the older generation, many of these still can be seen namely in aircraft museums, as gate-guards at airbases, as eyecatchers, static displays, wrecks, etc. etc.
In this album we try to bring together images of the preserved past.
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.
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. Airframes pictured in earlier years are in a separate gallery. 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”).
A huge glass, donut-like structure, 500 meters from the terminal of “Nicola Tesla”, Belgrade main airport houses the Yugoslav aviation museum. A stunning building intended to showcase the masterpieces of the Yugoslav aviation industry.
Each year in August the Aviodrome Museum at Lelystad AP (NL) organizes a fly-in for Warbird and Oldtimer aircraft.
In November 2017 Frank had the opportunity to spend a few minutes in the Armed Forces Museum of Oman: an extensive collection of weaponry, with a.o. a few airframes that once belonged to the inventory of the Sultan of Oman Air Force.
In 1990 Hans visited the German Hermeskeil Aviation Museum. His introduction to the gallery he created on this site was:
“In the sceneric hill country of the Hunsrück near Hermeskeil in Germany an interesting aircraft museum is located , owned by the Junior Family. Hans made some pictures there on August 21st , 1990.”
In July 2016 Frank visited the same place. His pictures show the differences between then and now:
In Darwin, in the north of Australia, is the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre: a collection of pristine and well restored airframes, that reflect the history of the RAAF. Parked outside are a number of cannibalized civil airframes. Frank visited te museum whilst traveling through Australia in April 2016.