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Hawker Hunter

National Military Museum ,Soesterberg (NL)

December 17, 2019 |

Until 2008 Soesterberg Air Base , the Netherlands  was in use by the KLu. and in that year the base was closed for operational flying activities.The American 32nd “Wolfhounds“ squadron already disbanded back in 1994.

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RAF Wildenrath (G) , July 5th , 1968 (arrivals for 50 Years R.A.F. Open Days)

January 13, 2018 |

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.

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Spotting at Leeuwarden (NL)

July 22, 2017 |

For the first time Hans visited Leeuwarden AB (NL) as an aircraft-spotter in August 1967. In later years he came back several times. Needless to say it never was easy to picture aircraft in their landing-pattern and at other locations outside the fences !

Also in the case of announced squadron-rotations it was not certain beforehand if there would be any flying-activities on the day he chose to be present .

 

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Swiss Air Force Jubilee Air Show 1989 , Sion , Switzerland

February 19, 2014 |

In 1989 the Swiss celebrated the 75th anniversary of their Air Force and 25 years of demo-flying with La Patrouille de Suisse. The festivities took place at Sion Aerodrome in Kanton Wallis on June 23rd to 25th including an interesting international air show with both warbirds , civil aircraft and operational military aircraft participating. Hans – while on vacation- travelled  all the way by car across the Alps to be present on the 23rd and 24th of June.

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Scheveningen & Deelen AB (NL) Airshows 1988

September 20, 2013 |

In 1988 two Air Shows took place in the Netherlands : one at Deelen Air Base on July 1st , celebrating 75 years of Dutch military aviation and one off-shore at Scheveningen Beach on June 4th. Highlight of the Deelen Air Show was the first performance in the Netherlands of the Swiss demoteam La Patrouille de Suisse , at the time still equipped with Hawker Hunters.

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Warbirds spotted

July 19, 2013 |

This gallery contains pictures of singular “Warbirds” that we happened to see during different occasions in the course of years.

 

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Spotting at Twenthe (NL)

May 13, 2013 |

Hans visited Twenthe AB (NL) as an aircraft-spotter for the first time in 1968. During more recent years he came back there several times .

This gallery contains a selection of the pictures , taken by him outside the fences of Twenthe Air Base (NL) in their landing patterns  and on occasions when there were exercises going on not knowing beforehand for certain if he would be successful.

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Aviodrome Museum, Lelystad AP (NL)

December 9, 2012 |

The National Aviation Museum was established in 1960 as the Aeroplanorama at the old Schiphol/Amsterdam AP. After having been closed for four years it reopened its doors to the public in 1971 at the new Amsterdam-Schiphol AP , now called Aviodome Museum. Finally it moved to Lelystad AP in 2003 and its name was changed in Aviodrome Museum .It houses a fine collection of historic aircraft , both of civil and military origin.Hans visited the museum several times, but these impressions date from August 2011 and November 2012. Frank added a few of his own.

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