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.
Hans and Frank went to Belgium in September 1993 to attend the traditional Warbirds Air Show that took place at Oostmalle Airfield.
In this gallery you will see some “warbird”-pictures taken by Hans and Frank during the 1992 Florennes Airshow.
A few pictures of Warbirds that took part in the Air Show at Naval Air Station Valkenburg (NL) in June1990. Hans was present and watched the starting-up of the B-25 Mitchell of the Duke of Brabant Air Force from close-by.
The carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) was in service with the US Navy till 1970; since 1975 it is in use as a museum in the Charleston (South Carolina) harbour, hosting a large number of retired US Navy aircraft on both the flight deck and the hangar deck. Frank was in Charleston on 2 May 2012 and visited the USS Yorktown then.
The Hickory Aviation Museum has s a (nicely restored) collection of cold war fighter planes, brought together by a group of aviation enthusiasts of Hickory (a small town in North Carolina). Aircraft sitting in this museum are originals: e.g. Corsair 154345 that is on display is the real 154345 that flew with VA43 “Marauders” on board USS America in the late sixties! The origins of the F-5 are questionable though; it appears to have a Swiss wing. The museum, located at Hickory Regional Airport was established in 2007. Frank visited the place on 30 April 2012.
Spanish Air Force Museum Madrid, Spain, November 2011 The Museo del Aire -the museum of the Spanish Air Force- is situated a few kilometers south of Madrid, in a corner of Cuatro Vientos AB. It exhibits an impressive and interesting collection that includes rare birds such as the Heinkel HE-111, the Junkers JU-52 and onr of the three aquired Boeing KC-97L Stratotankers, used to do in-flight-refuelling of the Spanish Phantoms. And although especially the outside part of the display could use a bit of maintenance/repainting it is well worth visiting! Frank was in the Museo early November 2011.
This museum (situated in the north-eastern corner of Switzerland on the civil airport of Altenrhein) is a private enterprise manned with volunteers only, open on Saturday- and Sunday afternoons. The museum claims that their entire collection is in a flyworthy condition and indeed, most aircraft bear, except for their previous military markings, a civil registration as well. Frank visited the museum in May 2011.
In May Frank visited the Technik Museum in the German city of Speyer (near Frankfurt). Next to other technical hardware (cars, locomotives, boats) this museum has over 60 aircraft on display; they are presented in their “active” mode (meaning that most of them are displayed as if they were flying, placed on poles or hanging on the cealing) and that gives the exhibition a somewhat strange outlook. Some of the aircraft wear their original livery, others have been repainted to give them an exotic outlook. Nevertheless, a nice place to visit!