2019

2019 · 31. October 2019
Normally I am not the type of spotter who will travel a long way to see that one particular aircraft. But the arrival of the first operational F-35 in The Netherlands is such a historical event I packed my things and travelled all the way to Leeuwarden. Just to be there, just so that in 20 years from now I can state that "I was there". Luckily the weather turned out to be marvelous and when I arrived on the spottersbult it felt as if some sort of reunion was organised. So the waiting time was...
2019 · 20. October 2019
When I saw the announcement of a Battlefield Tour in nearby Best I didn't hesitate and made sure I could join. And it sure didn't disappoint! The tour started with a short introduction of Market Garden, a subject that still gives sufficient room for debate and opinions, even 75 years later. Edwin, our tour guide then zoomed in on the events that lead to the Battle at Best. He explained how a group of about 200 men, led by Captain Jones got the objective to move west from the main groups to...
2019 · 20. September 2019
Falcon Leap 2019
Although I originally planned not to join the base visit for Falcon Leap organised by Onze Luchtmacht, I could free up some time and sign on last minute. Since we would be placed on a spot in the corner of the platform I decided I wanted to shoot some different angles and compositions this time. And I must say I am rather pleased with the results!
2019 · 17. September 2019
An impressive column of 300+ World War 2 vehicles rode the original Market Garden route to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden on Saturday the 14th. Although I missed the tanks and other fighting machines the overall impression was overwhelming. 75 years ago this was the start of the liberation of the Eindhoven region, a promise of a quick end to the war but ended in a tragedy. It was good to see a large number of people are still interested and to see how well kept the...
2019 · 14. June 2019
The above photo says it all about my Luchtmachtdagen of 2019. On Friday I spent a few hours with my son on the airbase. No camera equipment, just the two of us. And to see him enjoy the action and get totally excited from watching the amazing Red Arrows was enough for this year's Luchtmachtdagen for me. What a blast we had together! On Thursday Robert and I had a lovely day watching the arrivals. We missed the F-35s and the air power demo rehearsals, but the Greek Phantoms made the day...
2019 · 06. June 2019
When the 4Aviation newsletter announced a 5 day trip to Normandy to witness some of the activities around the 75th anniversary of D-day I did not hesitate and booked a seat! The program 4Aviation had planned was awesome: not only would we witness the massive para droppings, we would also be present at the Daks over Normandy and the L-Birds to Normandy events. So when the alarm clock rang at 3am on June 5th I was excited to go (and a bit sleepy). And after a long bus trip we stopped at...
2019 · 29. May 2019
With a bit of pain in my heart I decided to stop working as a volunteer for the Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight. It was a great journey and I leave with lots of great memories. But new adventures await as I have started as a tour guide at the museum of Gilze-Rijen airbase. This small but great museum tells the eventful history of the oldest Dutch airfield. And I am happy to pass on those great stories!
2019 · 10. April 2019
Frisian Flag 2019
Frisian Flag, the traditional start of the spotting season did not disappoint at all this year. I went on two separate occasions: first on base with the KNV Onze Luchtmacht and in the second week I went with my friend Robert. On both days we saw big missions both in the morning and afternoon, with around 50 fighters participating. The participants were not as diverse as with previous editions, but it is still an enormous joy to see all those gorgeous F-16s. In a few years they will be replaced...