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 !
For a one-day excursion Hans made a flight in Fokker F-28 PH-MAT from Schiphol to Hahn Air Base in Germany on September 18th , 1978 . This base was the home of the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing , USAFE , equipped with F-4E Phantoms. The base was closed in 1993 and it is now called Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. A small impression of the day’s visit goes hereby. (special thanks to KNVOL for organizing this trip)
Frank visited Koksijde to report on the BAF 40th Squadron Heli (at that time equipped with 4 HSS-1/S-58 helicopters, three Alouette IIIs and five Sea King Mk.48’s); the Sea Kings had been delivered to Koksijde in November of the previous year. Another part of the field housed the storage center of the Belgian Air Force. Present there in January ’77 were about 20 C-119s, some C-47 Dakotas, Pembrokes and DC-6s. All the Pembrokes were stored in a hangar; they were in a splendid condition and sold somewhat later to various civil customers.
On March 5th , 1975 Hans and Frank visited Twenthe AB ; their photo-report gives a nice impression of a normal day’s flying activities at this former KLu -base during the early NF-5 period ; but don’t forget the F-86K on its pole!
Several times in the period January – August 1974 Frank was given the opportunity to picture the aircraft and helicopters of nr.300 squadron (K.Lu.) at Deelen AB.The shots are made both on the ground and air-to-air!
A squadron rotation took place at Leeuwarden AB in June 1973 between 323 sq. R.Neth.AF and nr.29 sq. RAF from Wattisham , equipped with Lightnings ; Frank visited this event on 19 June.
In May 1973 322 squadron , K.Lu. had a rotation (exchange-exercise) with 724 Esk of the Royal Danish AF, equipped with Hawker Hunters; there were 4 Hunters visiting Leeuwarden AB and Frank was there to take some pictures.
On April 24th, 1973 a Photo Call was organized at Eindhoven Air Base which enabled the group of Eindhoven-spotters to photograph the resident Northrop-Canadair NF-5A/B fighter jets of 314 squadron (K.Lu.) Frank and Hans were present.
On July 29th , 1971 Frank and Hans visited the German Fliegerhorst Rheine-Hopsten to make a report for Flash Aviation Magazine. In this gallery you will find a number of pictures they took of the resident F-104 Starfighters of JABOG 36 & the Lockheed T-33’s of the Base Flight.
In March 1971 332 SKV of the Royal Norwegian AF from Rygge visited Eindhoven AB with a few Northrop F-5’s for a squadron-rotation. These pictures were made by Hans during an official aircraft-spotters gathering at the field.