Photography in Belgium near military airfields and outside the gates and fences was not allowed for decades. The pictures in this gallery represent a selection , taken by the authors in Belgium as aircraft-spotters from 1967 to 1971 .
Moreover some pictures of Belgian Air Force aircraft are included taken at unknown dates and locations (unless mentioned ) in Belgium or elsewhere within air base enclosures during military base visits or military open days.
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.
On a very hot day in June 1969 the Wildenrath Airshow took place; Wildenrath was at the time one of the four RAF-Germany airbases. It was an excellent opportunity for young spotters,such as Hans and Frank , to enlarge their collection!
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.
On July 28th , 1972 Hans and Frank visited the 15th Wing of the Belgian Air Force based at Brussels-Melsbroek . A great deal of the air-transport fleet was present , that is to say lots of C-119 Packets or Flying Boxcars , a Douglas C-47 , a Pembroke , a Douglas DC-6 and -last but not least -the first C-130 Hercules for the Belgian Air Force (BAF) which had just arrived a few days prior to the visit of the authors of this photo-gallery.
On July 6th , 1968 , 50 Years of Royal Air Force was celebrated at RAF Wildenrath in Germany with a great Open House and Air Show and Hans was present to enjoy what was happening and to take a number of black and white pictures.By the way, RAF Wildenrath was one of the bases of RAF Germany and is now closed.
Frank visited Koksijde to report on the BAF 40th Squadron Heli (at that time equipped with 4 HSS-1/S-58 helicopters, three Alouette IIIs and five Sea King Mk.48’s); the Sea Kings had been delivered to Koksijde in November of the previous year. Another part of the field housed the storage center of the Belgian Air Force. Present there in January ’77 were about 20 C-119s, some C-47 Dakotas, Pembrokes and DC-6s. All the Pembrokes were stored in a hangar; they were in a splendid condition and sold somewhat later to various civil customers.
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…