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Naval Weapons Center China Lake Museum NEW REPORT
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 NEW REPORT
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
Revisited, Ban Hyéres-Le Palyvestre 2014
For all the people like me who visited in 2010 the 100 Years Aéronautique Navale event at BAN Hyéres-La Palyvestre can confirm that this was one of the best airshows of the last years held in Europe.
Four years later, on Sunday June 15, BAN Hyéres organized again an 'journée portes ouvertes' and this airshow with only French aircrafts and helicopters expected to display turned out to be a small but interesting event. Because thunderstorms and bad weather were read more
When I was offered a seat on a trial trip with 4Aviation destination Taiwan I did not hesitate and signed in immediately. I heard a lot of positive things about this country regarding spotting. The diversity of aircraft types is noteworthy giving it is not such a big country. A combo of imported (French, American) and own designs. Exploring this with a small group of friends sounded sweet.
Royal International Air Tattoo 2017
During the weekend of the second week of July the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) was once again held at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England.
Like each year the airshow is built up around a special theme. In 2017 this theme was the 70th anniversary of the United States Air Force (USAF) and they definitely succeeded. The participating USAF aircraft that were present at RIAT was the biggest show up since the sequestration hit the military back in 2013.read more