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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.

 

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Latest reports:

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 NEW REPORT

 

“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


Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace, Le Bourget, France 

 

Over the last few months we have reviewed several private museums in France, so now it is time to give a detailed overview of what is on display in the largest aviation museum in France, the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace at Paris-Le Bourget.

 

One can easily say that this museum is one of the largest of its kind in Europe, with a very extensive collection of aircraft. The last few years brought a lot of changes to the museum, a process that is still continuing until this day. The display areas are gradually undergoing a complete refresh, so please be aware that if you visit the museum between now and 2019 it can happen that one or the other display area is closed for refurbishment. Read More


Spotting Kleine-Brogel April 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Belgian Air Force F-16 Solo Display Team the month April means a lot of training and on three different days (19th, 20th and 24th) Dirk went to Kleine-Brogel to see “Gizmo” perform his demo. Below you find a selection from these...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


Roll-out Tiger-scheme 2017 – Kleine Brogel

 

On May 18th, 2017 the formal roll-out occurred of this years’ 31 Squadron ‘Tiger ‘ color scheme. The creation of a new color scheme is becoming an annual tradition in preparation of the upcoming NATO Tiger Meet. In 2017 this exercise will be held at Landivisiau in Brittany, France. Landivisiau is the homebase of Flotille 11F, part of the Aéronautique Navale (French Naval Aviation), who has the honor of organizing the 2017 edition.

 

For the creation of the color scheme the squadron used the inspiration of one of their own members, ‘Vrieske’, who came up with the idea for both the aircraft, with registration FA94, as the ‘Tiger’ car. The application was put in the hands of the ‘10 W Tac Paintshop’ team...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

 


Spotting Maastricht-Aachen Airport TEFAF March 2017

 

 

TEFAF is one of the most important and largest art fairs in the Netherlands and even in the world. In 2017 TEFAF celebrated its 30th anniversary since it was created in 1988 as a merger of 2 smaller air fairs in the Netherlands and took place from the 10th until the 19th of March.

 

It has become a gigantic annual festival that attracts 100.000 visitors, not only from within the Netherlands, but also people from the rest of the world. During this fair the airport at Maastricht becomes very busy because the rich people use this airport as a hub to fly-in with...Read More

 


95 years ‘La Fayette’. Meeting de l’air, Luxeuil 1-2 juli 2011

 

During the first weekend from July 2011 the French Air Force organized a meeting de l’air at BA116 Luxeuil – St.Sauveur. I attended the spottersday on Friday and the first airshow day on Saturday and it turned out to be a nice trip to the Northeast of France with extremely hot and Sunny weather.

 

On Friday, in the early morning, more than hundred spotters were waiting at the checkpoint to collect their badge before entering the base. During a short briefing all participants got a schedule for the upcoming day and we were also been warned that we could expect a ‘big flying surprise’ during the spottersday. After the briefing we walked towards the flightline were...Read More


Musée de l’Aviation, Lyon-Corbas

 

In the summer of 2016 I made a ‘Tour de France’ with as aim to visit a number of aviation museums in the southern part of the country. One of the lesser known locations on my list was the ‘Musée de l’Aviation’ , also known as ‘Espaces Aero Lyon Corbas (EALC), located next to the airport of Lyon - Corbas.

 

Normally you can only visit the museum in small groups, who are given a tour by ones of the museum guides. I wasn’t aware of this, but the staff was kind enough to give a ‘private’ tour, which resulted in the following set of photographs.

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3 Days in Delta Country

 

From the 12th till the 16th of February, Tim went to France, to be more precise, the North-Eastern part of France. During his stay he had some really nice weather and coincidentally, in this part of France, there are also a couple of military airfields with some really interesting planes. Tim spent 3 days of spotting at BA-113 in Saint-Dizier and BA-133 in Nancy-Ochey.

 

On the 13th of February Tim drove to Saint-Dizier. As already said in a previous report, Saint-Dizier is the home base of different squadrons that fly the Dassault Rafale. When he arrived there the great sound of the Snecma M88 engines that were starting up could already be heard echoing over the base. As the security restrictions are very tight in France...Read More


Spotting Nörvenich March 2017

 

On Monday March 13th I visited Nörvenich airbase to witness the expected arrivals of nine Italian Panavia Tornados from 6° Stormo, that are based at Ghedi airbase located the northern part of Italy.

 

The day started very calm with only two local Eurofighter EF2000’s from Taktische Luftwaffengeschwader 31 ‘Boelcke‘ (TLG31) which departed for a short flight during the morning wave. Also one Bell UH-1D Huey from Transporthubschrauber-regiment 30 (THR30), deployed at Nörvenich for the SAR detachement ‘SAR 41’, departed for a local flight and was replaced in the afternoon by another UH-1D which came from Niederstetten...Read More


Spotting Eindhoven March 2017

 

At the end of March Dirk went several times to Eindhoven because the excercise Eart was held there, later more from this excercise in another larger report. Now we focus on what else could be seen. On the 25th I saw a lot of activity in the form of different commercial airliners like Transavia, Ryanair, Jetairfly and Wizzair. I was lucky that on this sunny day the special painted Wizzair bird (HA-LYG) was on deck. This special livery was created by someone from Malta by participating in a competition from Wizzair to create a livery. This paint is added for Budapest as candidate for the Olympic games in 2024. After a time it departed for another sunny destination. I only saw one military movement this day: the Belgian Air Force with a C-130H. Also two little planes could be seen in the form of a Ruschmeyer R-90-230RG and an in 1981 built Reims F172P...Read More


Open Door Saffraanberg - March 12th, 2017

 

On March 12th, 2017 the Royal School for NCO's - Campus Saffraanberg, near Sint-Truiden held it annual Open Door. This school, which was previously known as the Royal Technical School of the Air Force is responsible for the training of all future NCO's of the Belgian Defense.

 

The main purpose of this Open Door is to attract interest with the young population to pursue a career in the military. To stay on topic of our website I'm going to limit myself to have a look at the aircraft that are currently in use to train the future aircraft technicians of the Belgian Air Force.

 

As already said the school is located at Saffraanberg, near the former airbase of ....Read More


Sanicole Sunset Airshow 2016

 

On the 9th of September a lot of people headed towards Aeroclub Sanicole, for the 6th edition of the Sanicole Sunset Airshow. This part of the International Sanicole Airshow has grown over the years and for many aviation enthusiasts and photographers it’s one of the greatest events of the year because the atmosphere during this show is simply amazing. Although the show only lasts for a couple of hours, it’s really worth visiting because the light conditions you have on the displaying aircraft is really wonderful, especially when the sun has nearly disappeared behind the horizon.

 

The program for this year’s show looked really promising. The organizers from the airshow managed once again to attract some really great display items to perform at the....Read More


Spotting Koksijde AFB March 2017

 

 

 

Lien spend some holiday time at the Belgian coast from Wednesday, March 22nd until Friday, March 24th. Every day she also spend some time at Coxyde Air Base in the hope to see some movements from the based helicopters. On the 22nd she had the luck to see a Sea King Mk.48 performing cargo sling exercises on base. After this helicopter had finished the cargo sling exercises she was treated by some touch and go’s performed by NH-90NFH RN02. On this day there were also night flights and Lien managed to make a couple of nice shots from RN02 during...Read More