Welcome to the website of Low Approach.

 

Low Approach is a small team of enthusiastic photographers with the same passion for aviation. On the homepage you can find news about our projects and the latest reports published on our website. Please have a look at the menu above for all the events we did in the past.

We hope you enjoy our work and bring our website a visit as it will be updated regularly with stunning photo reports.

 

If you have any questions, suggestions or ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email: info@lowapproach.be


Latest reports:

Brilliant Arrow 2017 NEW REPORT

 

Brilliant Arrow, a certification exercise for the Air component of the 2018 NATO Response Force. Participating fighter jets from Germany, Greece, Poland and Turkey as well as German support aircraft were training in tactical flying. Under the command provided by the German Joint Force Air Component Headquarters.

With F-16 fighter jets from Greece, Poland and Turkey as well as German Eurofighters, flying from various bases in the Northern and Southern parts of Germany. All supported by AWACS aircraft based at Geilenkirchen.

 

Main exercise area’s were located near Hohn, Laage and Wittmund AFB. Read More


College Park Aviation Museum, College Park, Maryland, USA NEW REPORT

 

 

In July 2017 I started a two week trip across the USA to visit a series of aviation museums. The plan is that report on these will be published on our website over the coming months. After an uneventful flight on Saturday from Brussels to Dulles IAP (via Frankfurt) I set up my first 'base' in one of the many Holiday Inn hotels in the area.

 

Sunday was the first real day filled with aircraft during the trip and I decided to started in a very relaxed manner. After short drive I visited the College Park Aviation Museum located at the airport with the same name, College Park Airport, in the State of Maryland. Read More


NATO TIGER MEET 2017 Landivisiau, France NEW REPORT 

 

For the 53rd time the NATO Tiger meet has been organized, this time hosted by Flottille 11F of the French Navy at Base Aéronavale (BAN) Landivisiau situated in the West of France.

 

The traditional meeting of air force squadrons with a tiger in their patch is organized annually by the NATO Tiger Association in liaison with one of its member squadrons. During this exercise all different types of missions are flown: air-to-air and air-to-ground, Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) and large Combined Air Operations (COMAO). The NATO Tiger meet is one of the most important air meets at tactical level for NATO and its partner air forces. The varied mix of aircraft and nations allows participants to improve their tactics, techniques and procedures. Read More


Carrier visit USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)@ Portsmouth (U.K.) 31/07/2017 

 

On Monday 31/07/2017 I had the opportunity to visit the US NAVY aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN77). The 10th and latest in the Nimitz class.

 

It was anchored in the Solent / Stokes Bay between the city of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight from 27/07/2017 until 31/07/2017 because it's too large to enter Portsmouth harbor.

 

On its return from a 7 month deployment in the Gulf and the Mediterranean in participation of Operation Inherent Resolve (fight against IS), the crew got a few days off before the start of NATO Naval Exercise Saxon Warrior 2017, taking place off the coast of Great-Britain for...Read More 


Malta International Airshow 2017 

 

On the 23th and 24th September the Malta Aviation Society ( MAS ) have organized their annually held Malta International Air Show at the Malta International Airport (ex RAF Luqa). This year was the 25th anniversary edition of the Airshow. Since the first edition some very rare participants could be seen in the static and flying displays, for example Israeli F-15’s and F-16’s, Libyan Mirage F1, Italian F-104’s and Do-228, US Navy F-14, EA-6B, S-3’s, US Air Force B-1B and B-52H and many more others.

 

Low Approach attended the two airshow days and the departures to celebrate this anniversary. During the last two years, a lot of changes have been made in the organization...Read More


Spottingtrip Japan 

 

Our trip to Japan in the month of April this year, started as always at Schiphol. Checking in, transfer in HongKong, landing at Narita. All went effortlessly as usual. After clearing Japanese customs,it was time to find my travel companion and pick up the rental car. As always the lady at the car rental counter was very friendly and helpful. After explaining the Japanese built in GPS in the car we were off to buy the stepladders. Always the first stop in Japan.

Next stop our first Toyoko Inn hotel in a long row. After a quick dinner it was time for a good nights' rest. The next day was the real start of our spotterstrip in Japan.

 

We opted to make it a little trip this time, visiting only the bases in the vicinity of ...Read More


Spottingtrip Madrid, Spain Torrejón AFB 

 

During our annual trip with the Low Approach team, we traveled to the surroundings of Madrid this year. During this five-day trip we also visited Torrejon air base at three occasions.

 

Torrejon is one of Spain's premier military airbases since its creation. Torrejon Air Base is the base of a Spanish Air Force fighter wing, an aerial firefighting group and the flight test group of the Spanish Air Force. These three Spanish units were using the base jointly with the USAF. Following the withdrawal of USAF, Ala 12 of the Spanish Air Force, the 54 Flight Test Group and the 43 Grupo dedicated to aerial firefighting, which had always been based in the Spanish part of Torrejon Air Base, continued using the base. Read More


Special Tails Photoshoot Kleine Brogel AFB 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the 2nd of August the PR 10W TAC from Kleine Brogel AFB organized a small photoshoot of the four special painted F-16’s that are currently based at Kleine Brogel. Unfortunately, the weather was not that good on this day, so we had to improvise to make some nice pictures. Read More


Basevisit FAMET Colmenar Viejo, Spain

 

 

 

 

In May 2017 four members of Low Approach Aviation Photography spend a week in Madrid in Spain. On Wednesday we were able to visit the FAMET base of Colmenar Viejo which is located about 30 km North of Madrid. The Fuerzas Aeromoviles del Ejército de Tierra, or FAMET, is the aviation element of the Spanish Army and operates a wide selection of helicopters which are based strategically over the Spanish territory. Base Coronel Maté at Colmenar Viejo is the home of several units which will be covered in the following overview. Read More


Austrian Deployment to Wittmund 

 

From the 27th of April till the 15th of May the Austrian Air Force deployed 7 of its Eurofighter Typhoons to Wittmund, Germany for weapons and tactics training.

 

For the Austrians, the use of Wittmund as deployment base wasn’t a random choice. Since 2013 there are also EF-2000’s based at Wittmund, after the F-4F Phantom was put out of service from the German Air Force, so all facilities were already present. Apart from the same type of aircraft, the training ranges above the North Sea are also very close by. And last but not least, aside from TLG (Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader) 71 which is based at Wittmund, also a private contractor (Discovery Air Defence Systems) is based here operating 7 A-4N Skyhawks. Read More


Spotting Koksijde 2017 - April 

 

 

 

On the 18th of April Lien made another trip to Koksijde again in the hope to see some local helicopter action. In the afternoon she was lucky when Sea King RS02 took off for a training flight above the sea. But her main goal for this visit was to capture the helicopters during start-up and shut down during the night flights. So in the evening she returned to the Airbase and witnessed the start-up of NH90 RN-04, this was the last NH90 that was delivered to the Belgian Air Force on the 20th of March 2017. Besides the training flight from the RN-04 she also caught Sea King RS02 during the night flights training. Read More


Spottingtrip Spain May 2017 Basevisit Getafe AFB

 

 

 

In May four members from Low Approach stayed 5 days in de surroundings of Madrid for a spotting trip. During this week we arranged two base visits, the first one at Colmenar Viejo and the second in Getafe AB.

 

To start some history and information about Basé Aerea de Getafe:

BA Getafe is a military airbase located in Getafe, about 15 km south of Madrid, Spain. The main military unit to operate from Getafe is the "Ala 35" Read More


Inauguration new NATO HQ Brussels May 25th, 2017 

 

 

 

 

On May 25th, 2017 the NATO members heads of state gathered at Brussels to inaugurate the new NATO Headquarters. Much attention was given to the arrival and visit of US President Donald Trump the day before in the local press. However this ceremony generated a lot more interesting air traffic at Brussels Airport, so we would like to give a short overview of what we saw on May 24th and 25th.Read More


Musée Européen de l’Aviation de Chasse – Montélimar, France. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ‘Musée Européen de l’Aviation de Chasse’ (European Fighter Aircraft Museum) is located in Montélimar in the South of France. It is dedicated mainly to fighter aircraft, but also has a small number of other aircraft. Over the last 7 years I visited them on three occasions so I think it’s time to give you all an overview of what can be seen. Read More


RF-4E farewell 348 Tactical Reconnaisance Sqdn, Larisa Air Force Base 

 

“The end of the film”

 

The 5th of May marked the final flight of the mighty RF-4E Phantom II in Greece. A small ceremony was held to commemorate this event.

 

A day before this event a spotters day was held on Larisa Air Force Base

But first a little bit of history:

 

348 TRS was formed on the 20th of August 1953, being part of the 112th Combat Wing...Read More


Helidays - Beauvechain airbase April 11th & 12th, 2017

 

In April of this year the 1st Wing at Beauvechain revived the Helidays that were held until a few years at Bierset. During this event the attendees could see what the current capabilities are of a modern helicopter force, off course also hoping to convince the younger generation to join the Belgian armed forces. The main event, open to the public was on April 12th, but the day before a group of pre-registered spotters were invited to witness the arrivals of the aircraft and the rehearsals of the flight demonstrations.

 

The older amongst us will remember the large scale event at Bierset were helicopters from many foreign nations were present...Read More


Frisian Flag & EART 2017, Netherlands

 

From 27th of March till the 7th of April 2017 the next edition of the exercise “Frisian Flag” has been held at Leeuwarden Air Base in The Netherlands. For two weeks fighter aircraft from Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States worked together for executing a variety of air missions. Frisian Flag took place in the skies above The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. They were able to fly above an area that covers 210 by 320 kilometers.

The primary purpose of Frisian Flag 2017 is to provide the participating units experience in combined NATO operations within a modern threat environment. The RAF Tornado GR.4’s were joined by USAF F-15 Eagles, French Mirage 2000D’s, German Typhoons and...Read More