2016

2016 · 07. December 2016
One of the biggest challenges in photography is evening photography. With the limited amount of light available it takes some technical skills and most of all a lot of patience to make a good photo. On this evening in December I was part of a small group of spotters that got the opportunity to photograph at Eindhoven airbase, thanks to Onze Luchtmacht. We spent a good hour on the platform to photograph the local KDC-10 & Gulfstream and the awesome An-12, that was scheduled to leave while we...
2016 · 24. September 2016
As part of the 15th anniversary of the Red Ball Express remembrance the Koninklijke Luchtmacht Historische Vlucht was asked to do a flyby at Fort Aalsmeer. I had the fortune to be selected as one of the passengers onboard the beautiful Beechcraft, together with my wife (thank you Rob!). Of course I took my camera with me and as the engines started to roar at 10.20am I considered myself the happiest guy on earth. With perfect weather to fly we set of for a flight of littel over an hour. Because...
2016 · 07. September 2016
On September 7th the Gilze-Rijen Aviation Society (GRAS) celebrated its 30th anniversary with a spottersday on their homebase Gilze-Rijen. The forecasted Indian Summer weather conditions proved to be a good indication of the day to come: a perfectly organised spotterday! In stead of publishing all the expected visitors upfront the organisers decided to go old-school. We were told something special was coming but not what exactly. Our location in front of the tower and close to the runway was a...
2016 · 29. August 2016
It was time to treat myself to a new toy! The most trusted Sony a55 still very much pleased me, but it is always good to have a second camera at hand. So after some research I decided to go for the Sony a58. And boy am I happy with the first results!!! Especially when I use the Sony 3.5-5.6 18-135 lens with the a58 the images are awesome. Can't wait to do some filming with the new toy as well.
2016 · 19. June 2016
The Danish Airshow was one of the first to announce the participation of the Su-27 from the Ukraine and that was reason enough to book a trip to Skrydstrup together with Robert Jansen. After a quick check-in in the hotel we spend some time at the fence to check the incoming participants on Friday. The Su-27s already arrived earlier that day but we still caught the Polish MiGs and the Swedish Viggen and missed most of the thunderstorms surrounding us. On Saturday a spottersday was organised....
2016 · 17. June 2016
To make a perfect weekend even more perfect I got the chance to sit in the front seat of the Su-27. What a machine! Thanks to Robert Jansen for the photo.
2016 · 11. June 2016
Leeuwarden hosted the Luchtmachtdagen in 2016 and with the two Dutch F-35s on display some 280000 people visited the airbase on both days. But being smart enough to travel by bicycle to the base the traffic jams were no problem. The highlight of the show was of course the participation of both F-35s in the airpower demo and the heritage flight of the F-35 F-16 and Spitfire. On Friday the public also witnessed the change in command of the Dutch air force, during a short ceremony Lieutenant...
2016 · 26. May 2016
Belevingsvluchten F-35
Early 2016 it became clear that the first two Dutch F-35s (previously known as JSF) were planning to deploy to The Netherlands to be presented at the Luchtmachtdagen in Leeuwarden in June. As time passed by more details were announced including a series of "belevingsvluchten" at Leeuwarden and Volkel. In the short time the F-35 has been operational, it has built a reputation of being significant more noisy than the F-16. The plan was to fly various approaches and local circuits both with a F-16...
2016 · 20. April 2016
"If we operate together, we need to train together" is the motto of the multi-national exercise Frisian Flag held at Leeuwarden air base between 11 and 22 April. In those two weeks over 60 aircraft from 10 countries fly daily sorties from Fighter Town Leeuwarden. The demands on air power are high. Air power needs to be quick responsive, effective and be able to operate in complex scenarios while avoiding collateral damage and own casualties. The Frisian flag exercise provides those same high...