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Base Visit CNA/Soesterberg (NL), November 16th, 1979

November 4, 2012 |

November 16 ,1979. Extreme cold weather and dark clouds prevented the 25th anniversary of the American presence in Holland to be an enjoyable outdoor event. A small static display and an air display marked this historic milestone. A selective audience had been invited to attend this event at Camp New Amsterdam. Highlight of the static display was an ex-Portuguese AF Sabre. Applied with green stripes over the tail the aircraft had quickly been repainted in colours of 32nd FDS. The paint was still wet and USAF roundels were made of paper and sticked to the fuselage.

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Base Visit Twenthe (NL), March 5th, 1975

November 4, 2012 |

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!

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Base Visit Deelen (NL), 300 squadron, K.Lu. in 1974

November 4, 2012 |

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!

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Base visit Leeuwarden (NL), June, 1973 (RAF Lightnings)

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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.

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Base Visit Leeuwarden (NL), May, 1973 (Danish Hunters)

November 3, 2012 |

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.

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Base Visit Leeuwarden (NL), May 22nd, 1973 (Swedish Saab Viggens)

November 3, 2012 |

In May 1973 Leeuwarden AB was visited by 4 AJ-37 Viggens of the Swedish Air Force (plus a support Hercules); the aircraft were on their way to the Paris-Le Bourget airshow and stayed for an overnight stop. On the 22nd Frank was authorized to take some pictures of the aircraft.

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Base Visit Eindhoven AB (NL), April 24th, 1973

November 3, 2012 |

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.

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Base visit Leeuwarden (NL), December, 1972

November 3, 2012 |

A base visit to Leeuwarden AB, when the Phantoms of Soesterberg happened to be there because of runway repairs at their home-base. Frank took the pictures in this gallery.

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Base Visit Eindhoven (NL), March 29th, 1971 (Norwegian F-5’s)

November 3, 2012 |

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.

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Base Visit Eindhoven (NL), December 21st, 1970

November 3, 2012 |

A special celebration was organized by 314 squadron at Eindhoven AB on December 21st , 1970 to bid fare-well to the Dutch Thunderstreak and say hello to the Northrop NF-5. There were three surprises : parts of a Dutch F-84F were symbolically burnt and from the ashes arose an NF-5. Secondly there was the taxy-by of an F-84F painted up in gaudy “flower-power” colours and last but not least the last official flight of a Dutch F-84F. Hans was present as one of the photographers. (special thanks to Mr.R. Martar√© for making this visit possible!)

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