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Frisian Flag 2018, Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands NEW REPORT
Also this year Leeuwarden Air Base was hosting the annually held exercise Frisian Flag. From 9 April until 20 April around 60 aircraft were participating in this exercise. They flew two mission a day, one before noon and the other in the afternoon.
The missions flown during Frisian Flag include air defence missions, offensive (strike) missions, missions to protect other aircraft...read more
The Dassault Mirage F-1, the last five years of an iconic fighter operated by the Armée de l'Air. Part three: 2014. NEW REPORT
The last year of operational flying of the Mirage F-1 ER.02.033 Savoie didn't surprise us anymore when they announced to organize a second edition in a row of the Recce Meet during the spring of 2014. This time also about 200 spotters were welcomed on April 10 and after I got an invitation, tickets were immediately booked. For me...read more
Spottingtrip Spain, Basevisit Arma Aera de la Armada, Rota, Spain - 8th May 2018
In 2017 the Spanish Navy Airwing, the 'Arma Aerea de la Armada', celebrated its 100th Anniversary during a series of ceremonies held at Base Naval Rota in the South of Spain. So this is a nice occasion for us to have a look at the aircraft, helicopters and missions.
The Aviación Naval was created in 1917 by Royal Decree by the monarch Alfonso XIII. Later it was renamed Aeronautica Naval and has ...read more
Naval Weapons Center China Lake Museum
In the middle of World War II, facilities were needed by the California Institute of Technology for test and evaluation of rockets. At the same time, the Navy needed a new proving ground for aviation ordnance.
The Navy established China Lake as the Naval Ordnance Test Station in November 1943. Its primary function the research, development and testing of weapons. The vast and unpopulated desert,...read more
The Dassault Mirage F-1, the last five years of an iconic fighter operated by the Armée de l'Air. Part two: 2012-2013
In 2012 de Armée de l'Air planned three Meetings National, but only a month before those events budget cuts downgraded all those planned meetings to a one day event with only French participants. Therefor I skipped a visit to Mont de Marsan but luckily Laurent could visit the spottersday which was held on Saturday 2 June. One of the eyecatchers was a special decorated Mirage F-1CR 655/33-FB marked with 100 years escadrille SAL 6 'la Mouette' or seagull....read more
The Dassault Mirage F-1, the last five years of an iconic fighter operated by the Armée de l'Air. Part one: 2009-2011.
With the sale in 2017 of 63 demilitarized Mirage F-1B, CR and CT at the ATAC (Airborne Tactical Advantage Company) in the United States and 4 F-1B's to the Paramount Group located in South Africa and one F-1B to the Air Force of Gabon the aged Mirage F-1's, which were kept for some years in humidity controlled hangars at the BA 279 storage centre Châteaudun, gets shortly a well-deserved second life in the air. More than forty years after the first deliveries from the Mirage F-1 to the...read more
One more time, Saint-Dizier & Nancy AFB 2017
During the months of July and September I made two trips to France and spend some time at the airbases Nancy and Saint-Dizier to see the activity over there.
On July 18 I made my first stop at Saint-Dizier were runway 11 was in use and I noted fifteen different Rafales during the day. One flying Rafale B 325 4-HX was a bit special, because it was temporary stored for almost three years at BA 279 Châteaudun which is responsible for...read more
Season Premier Airshow, Shuttleworth Collection 2017
The Shuttleworth Collection was created by Richard Shuttleworth in the beginning of the 20th century. It not only consists of aircraft (1909 – 1950’s period), but also cars, motorcycles and Agricultural exhibits form part of the collection that is housed at Old Warden Aerodrome next to the The House with its Swiss Garden, which dates back to 1875...Read more
TEFAF 2018 Maastricht Airport
Also this year I was present for TEFAF 2018 at Maastricht Airport in the Netherlands. TEFAF is world renowned antiques fair in Maastricht and this brings quite a number of interesting visitors to this airport...read more
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
"The Smithsonian" is one of the best known aviation museums in the world. It's part of the Smithsonian Institution, which is considered one of the largest museum, education and research complexes in the world. They not only cover aviation, but also a wide range of other topics like history, science and nature.
The National Air and Space Museum is the oldest of two...read more