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.
This Open Day at Twenthe AB featured the first public appearance of the brandnew NF-5 fighters of the Koninklijke Luchtmacht (except for the one that was on the static of Volkel one month earlier)! Frank took some B&W-pictures.
Wildenrath was one of the airbases of the RAF in Germany, and in July 1970 it was mainly accomodating the last Canberras, the first Harriers and nr.60 squadron Pembrokes. The base closed in April 1992; nowadays it is merely an industrial site where the Siemens group is testing trains. Frank was one of the visitors in 1970 and conserved a number of pictures he took there as an 18 year old boy.
During this KLu-Open Day , held at Volkel AB on June 20th, 1970 , a long flight-line of nearly all resident Lockheed F-104 Starfighters could be watched by the public from nearby. Some TF-104’s were pictured in colour on their dispersals , which were also open to the public during the early morning hours.The only foreign – not really of course- aircraft on the static show was an F-4E Phantom from Soesterberg (USAFE) . Hans and Frank were present to give you a photographic impression…
In 1969 the KLu held two small Open Days : one at Leeuwarden AB and the other at Gilze Rijen AB ; both air bases were open to the public on Friday and Saturday ; these are the pictures of the Leeuwarden Open Day of Friday August 15th , made by Hans.
For a long time Rhein-Main AB near Frankfurt, Germany acted as the main USAFE operating base for air transport duties on the European Continent , until the base was closed in 2005 and Ramstein AB took over this task. Many deployments from the U.S. took place with Rhein-Main as destination over the years.
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.
On June 24th / 25th , 1967 the annual International Air Show in Belgium took place at Melsbroek near Brussels, the home of the air transport fleet of the Belgian Air Force. Hans’ pictures in this gallery were still made with a relatively simple camera and no tele-lens could be used as yet…