In June 1970 Eindhoven AB saw a flock of Swedish Saab 105s coming in; a group of registered spotters (including Frank and Hans) was permitted to take a closer look. The Saabs were accompagnied by a Dakota and a Hercules and made an overnight stop on their route to the Paris Air Salon.
The very first Military Aircraft Spotting Days in Holland were organized on October 20th & 21st , 1969 at Eindhoven AB. At the end of the sixties the growing number of spotters was taking more and more pictures from outside the base , so the authorities chose for a simple solution : invite them all and let them take as many photos as they want to. In later years spotting days became more common . In 1969 Hans took his first colour pictures , which was still relatively expensive at the time. Our Thunderstreaks Album contains more (B&W) pictures of this Base Visit.
The Open Days at Eindhoven AB in September 1986 were quite representative for those days with various NATO aircraft arriving on the 19th and an Air Show on the 20th. Excellent weather conditions marked the event and this gallery , which – as usual- only presents a selective overview of the proceedings , contains a photo-review made by Hans.
On September 18th , 1971 Eindhoven AB opened its doors to the public. Especially for the Dutch Air Force-fans it was quite an interesting Open Day . Herewith we present you a selection of photos taken during this event , made by Frank and Hans , of which a few were made – by permission- in the operational area.
Only a few non-resident K.Lu. aircraft participated in the Static Show during the 1967 Open Day at Eindhoven AB and during the Air Display the F-102 Delta Dagger of the Soesterberg-based American squadron , which was also on static , gave a flight-demonstration. Especially to the Thunderstreak-fans this event was attractive , because quite a number of the F-84F’s based here were in close-view.
In 1985 it was 50 years ago that the famous Douglas DC-3 Dakota took to the air for the first time. Opportunity for a Golden DC-3 Jubilee-celebration , organized at Eindhoven Airport and bringing together five airworthy Douglas DC-3’s : some in civilian, others in warbirds livery . In this gallery Hans shows you some pictures he made on July 6th.
On September 9th , 1966 a Family Day and small Air Show took place at Eindhoven AB ; Hans was present by invitation and – although photography was not allowed officially – managed to take some interesting photos.