The 2014 Open Days of the Royal Netherlands Air Force took place at Gilze Rijen AB both on June 20th and 21st and Hans was present on Saturday the 21st , working his way through the crowd and taking the pictures shown in this gallery.
The second K.Lu Open Day in 1972 was the one at Gilze Rijen AB on August 26th . There were no foreign aircraft present , but the mass-scramble of 316 squadron’s Northrop-Canadair NF-A/B’s attracted much attention by the assembled spotters and other spectators. Hans and Frank show you some of the pictures they made during that day.
Hans made a number of pictures outside the fences of Gilze Rijen AB (NL) in the course of years especially of U.S. aircraft during deployments but also of other types in their landing patterns.
In the case of deployments it was still not certain beforehand if he would be successful and if yes to what extent.
A selection of these images are or will be included in this gallery.
When Warbirds first took to the sky during the Sixties lots of them were kept in flying condition with their assigned civil registrations prominently visible .The (Lancaster-Spitfire-Hurricane) aircraft of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight were among the first to be seen , painted in military colours. In the Netherlands the first Warbirds were some ex-KLu -Harvards such as the ones in this gallery , photographed at the Gilze Rijen airshow on August 26 , 1972 , with their PH-registrations prominently visible . Only in later years it became gradually more common to re-paint them entirely in (former) military colours but also then warbirds could sometimes be seen with their civil-registrations clearly visible.