An aircraft spotter used to be a very busy person, collecting as many registrations and/or pictures of aircraft as possible. When we were young, we used to spend a lot of our free time waiting outside the fences but close by the runways of Eindhoven Air Base . NL (also) hoping to spot some non/resident aircraft . Sometimes we were lucky, very often not. During holidays we therefore undertook many travels to nearby air force bases such as Volkel and Kleine Brogel (Belgium) or further abroad, where we could satisfy our needs. You can find the results of these activities under the titles “Aircraft-Spotting by lucky chance“ and “Arrival Days Spotting & other certainties“.
IMPORTANT NOTE : until the Seventies of the last century aircraft-spotting near military airfields could be a tricky hobby and even to-day there are countries where the authorities do not appreciate this kind of activities , so let this also be a warning to you !
The days before and after a military aviation event such as an Open Day always attract many plane spotters and photographers , because of the participating aircraft arriving and departing on those days.
As an aircraft-spotter Hans visited the Dutch …
In June 1967 Gijs and Hans went for a biking (!) -trip from Eindhoven to Brussels (Open Day , see elsewhere on the site) and via Bierset and Geilenkirchen to RAF Wildenrath , Germany . At Wildenrath the NATO Tactical …
This gallery shows a selection of pictures of aircraft arriving for three memorable , historic International Air Shows in Belgium : (1) Bierset June 20th ,1969 (pictures 1 – 5 ) , (2) Beauvechain June 26th ,1970 (pictures 6 – …
Photography in Belgium near military airfields and outside the gates and fences was not allowed for decades. The pictures in this gallery represent a selection , taken by the authors in Belgium as aircraft-spotters from 1967 to 1971 .
Moreover some pictures of Belgian Air Force aircraft are included taken at unknown dates and locations (unless mentioned ) in Belgium or elsewhere within air base enclosures during military base visits or military open days.
Koksijde Air Base is situated near the Belgian coast and the Westland Sea King helicopter equipped the resident 40th Rescue Squadron , BAF , for a long time. The popular and commonly known Belgian TV/series Windkracht 10 was recorded here …
On July 3rd , 1992 Hans travelled all the way by car to and fro Koksijde Air Base , which is situated near the Belgian coast . It was his intention to be present during the arrivals of several aircraft and helicopters that were to participate in the Open Days that followed.
After having visited the Armed Forces Day at Rhein-Main Air Base , Germany on May 17th , 1969 (see elsewhere on the site) , Hans (and friends) left the base in the late afternoon to spend a little while aircraft-spotting “outside the gates and fences“.
On July 5th , 1968 Hans went to Royal Air Force Station Wildenrath , a few miles across the Dutch-German border . He positioned himself near the landing-approach lights and awaited the aircraft and helicopters that were to arrive to attend the two Open Days that were planned there on the next two days.
In September 1988 it was 35 years ago that 306“reconnaissance“squadron of the K.Lu. came into operation.