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Spotted in Belgium

October 19, 2019 |

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.

 

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KLu: Lockheed T-33

May 4, 2019 | 1

As a two-seat jet trainer the Lockheed T-33 – commonly known as ” T-Bird” – was developed from the F-80 Shooting Star jet fighter during the Fifties. Read More

Yugoslav Aviation Museum, April 2018

June 18, 2018 |

A huge glass, donut-like structure, 500 meters from the terminal of “Nicola Tesla”, Belgrade main airport houses the Yugoslav  aviation museum.  A stunning building intended to showcase the masterpieces of the Yugoslav aviation industry.

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1970 Tiger Meet, Kleine Brogel (B)

May 2, 2018 |

In July 1970 no. 31 squadron of the Belgian Air Force hosted the annual NATO Tiger Meet.

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Spotting at Eindhoven (NL)

October 27, 2017 |

Eindhoven was the city where the authors both grew up and became “real” aircraft-spotters at the nearby air base. They made many pictures there throughout the years often under difficult circumstances ! This gallery contains a selection of these “blood, sweat and tears”-pics taken at Eindhoven (NL). The Eindhoven based Thunderstreaks are not in this gallery, but all in one seperate album. Note that in the 60/70ties Eindhoven AB also had a Base-Flight with Lockheed T-33’s,Harvards etc. You will find some pictures of these aircraft in this gallery.

A few images taken in more recent years are incorporated as well. Eindhoven now houses the transport fleet of the RNethAF (pics are in gallery named “KLu aircraft”).

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Base visit Bierset (B), May 1970

June 29, 2017 |

In May 1970 Frank was allowed to visit the Belgian Air Force base of Bierset, at that time home of no. 42 recce squadron (flying the RF-84F Thunderflash) and of the T-33A equipped VZZ Flight.

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Hermeskeil Museum (Germany), August 1990 & July 2016

October 15, 2016 |

In 1990 Hans visited the German Hermeskeil Aviation Museum. His introduction to the gallery he created on this site was:

“In the sceneric hill country of the Hunsrück near Hermeskeil in Germany an interesting aircraft museum is located , owned by the Junior Family. Hans made some pictures there on August 21st , 1990.”

In July 2016 Frank visited the same place. His pictures show the differences between then and now:

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Museo dell Aviazione, June 2014

November 8, 2014 |

In June 2014 Frank visited the Museo dell Aviazione in Italy.

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Kleine Brogel (B) Open Day / Tiger Meet, June 1978

March 12, 2014 |

The 1978 Tiger Meet was held at Kleine Brogel AB (Belgium) from 19-26 June. Participating were the air arms of 10 different countries including Norway, Greece and Portugal. On 23 June KB was open to the public and on Saturday 24 June the 31 squadron ‘Tiger’ area was open to the public. We all three visited the event.

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Air Force Armament Museum, Florida November 2013

February 8, 2014 |

The Air Force Armament Museum in Florida exhibits aviation warfare armament (bombs, rockets, missiles), as well as the platforms that are being used to fire resp. drop them. In this report we of course focus on the latter: on the aircraft that the museum displays.

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