Pictures of aircraft that have been disposed of or preserved in one way or another ; this gallery deals with airframes photographed in the years 1960-2009. No need to say that the majority of the airframes presented here are no longer present.
August 31st , 1984 was one day before the actual Open Day took place at Soesterberg AB , the Netherlands and the gates were already open to the public. Hans decided to go there and take a look . The 4 German Phantoms in formation attracted much attention. These are the pictures he made during that day.
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.
The 80th anniversary of the Koninklijke Luchtmacht was celebrated with an Open Day at Eindhoven on July 3rd, 1993.
Amongst the many aircraft especially significant were present the USAF’s F-117 “Stealth”-fighter , the Victor-tanker and a KC-10 . The former East-Block-countries participated with the Hungarian MIG-23 , the Czech Sukhoi SU-25 , the MIG-29 , the Czech L-39 Albatros-trainer and an Antonov AN-12 transport. Interesting helicopter-types being present were a.o. the Polish PZL-Sokol w.3 and the Czech MIL Mi-17.
Thousands of people attended this Open Day and Hans and Frank were also among the crowd.
In June 98 Frank (a.o.) was invited to visit 334 squadron, based at Eindhoven. At that time it was the sole KLu transport unit, equipped with the KDC-10 tanker aircraft, the C-130 Hercules. a number of Fokkers and a Gulfstream.
The NATO Tiger Meet 2010 took place at Volkel AB; it showed participants from Holland, Belgium, Norway, Turkey, France, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. Hans and Frank attended the Spottersday that was organized on 7 October. (special thanks to EWAS & SGV)
On June 25th , 2003 Hans was invited to join in for a one-hour flight in Fokker 60 Utility U-01 of nr.334 sq., K.Lu. from and to Eindhoven AB ; in later years these Fokkers have been transferred to the Peruvian Navy. (special thanks to Kon.Ver.Onze Luchtmacht /KNVOL for organizing this flight)
In the afternoon of October 19th , 1983 an aircraft-spotters meeting took place at Volkel AB . Hans was one of about two hundred enthusiasts who were present and took the opportunity to make pictures of some of the last operational Dutch (T)F-104 Starfighters of 306 squadron, 312 squadron & the All-Weather Flight (CAV) as well as some of the first General Dynamics F-16’s issued to nr. 311 squadron. An NF-5B from Eindhoven , a Dutch Navy Orion from Valkenburg and a Bölkow-105 helicopter made this well-spent afternoon complete.