2018

2018 · 20. September 2018
This year I had the opportunity to visit Eindhoven airbase during the Falcon Leap exercise. This exercise is combined with the yearly para droppings at the Ginkelse Heide in remembrance of Operation Market Garden. Many thanks to the people from Eindhoven airbase and the KNVOL (Onze Luchtmacht) for the hospitality and excellent organization! On Saturday I went back, this time outside the fence to watch the aircraft take off for the official remembrance flights. With the addition of another Dutch...
2018 · 08. September 2018
Belgian Air Force Days 2018
Short report on the Belgian Air Force Days 2018.
2018 · 21. June 2018
Geilenkirchen
NATO Airbase Geilenkirchen, just across the border in Germany is the headquarters of the NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Force (NAEW&CF). This multi-national unit flies and maintains the AWACS aircraft. During a base visit with Onze Luchtmacht we were briefed about the daily operations of this unit, we got an extensive walk-around the AWACS, including a look inside and we were even allowed in the control tower, from where I could take some nice shots of the platform. All in all,...
2018 · 28. April 2018
The spotter season traditionally starts with the Frisian Flag exercise at fightertown Leeuwarden. With over 70 aircraft participating from various NATO countries the exercise is one of the largest in Europe. And with two waves of about 50 aircraft flying to train complicated scenarios each day, the exercise is a showcase of the professionalism of the small Dutch airforce. Although little is published about the nature of the scenarios and the various roles of the participants, seeing the Polish...
2018 · 09. February 2018
Each time I arrive at an exercise, basevisit or airshow there is this difficult question to be answered: am I going to do photo or film today? At first I tried to do a bit of both, but filming does require a completely different mindset from photographing. For filming you need to think in scenarios upfront, the positioning is different and ideally you want to walk around a bit to get various angles in your movie. Sometimes the decision is easy to take: crowded airshows leave little room to find...