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.
The Empire State Aerosciences Museum is located at Schenectady County Airport in the town of Glenville, NY at the site of the former GE Flight Test Center (“The Empire State” is the nickname of the state of New York, U.S.A.).
The National Aviation Museum was established in 1960 as the Aeroplanorama at the old Schiphol/Amsterdam AP. After having been closed for four years it reopened its doors to the public in 1971 at the new Amsterdam-Schiphol AP , now called Aviodome Museum. Finally it moved to Lelystad AP in 2003 and its name was changed in Aviodrome Museum .It houses a fine collection of historic aircraft , both of civil and military origin.Hans visited the museum several times, but these impressions date from August 2011 and November 2012. Frank added a few of his own.
The Hampton Air Power Park is an outdoor museum located in the city of Hampton which is near Langley AFB in Virginia, USA. The museum displays a nice collection of rockets (such as a Mercury capsule and a Polaris missile) and cold war aircraft; the visitors centre holds an impressive collection of aviation-related memorablia. Frank vistied the Hampton Air Power Air Park & Museum in May 2012.
Here’s an impression of the 2012 Warbirds Fly-In/Photoflying Days at Zoersel/Malle Airfield in Belgium. The photos were taken on August 17.
The May 2012 MCAS Cherrypoint Air Show featured -next to many modern aircraft- a lot of warbirds: airworthy civilian aircraft that are painted to represent military planes from the past. A few highlights: the West Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) presented the world’s only flying example of the SB2C Helldiver. Also from the CAF was the P-51C Mustang of the Tuskegee Red Tail Squadron: the all African American 332d Fighter Group.
Belgium celebrated the 65th anniversary of its air force with an impressive airshow at Koksijde Air Base on 6 and 7 July 2011. The show also featured lot of warbirds that are presented in this gallery. Frank visited the show on Thursday 7 July.
The Fly-In at Lelystad AP in 2009 , organized by the Aviodrome Museum , attracted some interesting Warbirds : the FW-190 in World War II-Luftwaffe colours was of course most significant in its presence ! These pictures were taken by Hans.
Some pictures of Warbirds that were present during the Open Day at Beauvechain in 1999 (all photos Copyright Frank Klaassen).
This airfield in Belgium certainly is an eldorado for Warbirds-fans and 1996 was a year in which a great air show was organized there , not in the least because some former air force jets took part ! Especially interesting to watch were examples of the F-86 Sabre and the MIG 15 , once real opponents during the Korean War. Hans and Frank enjoyed their performance very much.