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-regis. clearly visible.
Two K.Lu. Open Days took place in 1967 : one was organized at Eindhoven AB in September and the other one at Soesterberg AB in June. This gallery shows you some black & white pictures taken at Soesterberg by Hans. The Hawker Hunters of nr.325 squadron were still going strong at the time!
On September 9th , 1966 a Family Day and small Air Show took place at Eindhoven AB ; Hans was present by invitation and – although photography was not allowed officially – managed to take some interesting photos.