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F-4F Phantom Phlyout

Where? JG 74, Neuburg/Donau, Germany
When? 12/06/2008

F-4F Phantom II Phlyout at Neuburg

"The Farewell to a Legend", with these words the wing commander of Jagdgeschwader 74, Andreas Pfeiffer, opened its speech due to the decommissioning of the, meanwhile legendary, F-4F Phantom II. Nearly 34 years ago, on September, 26th, 1974, the first aircraft arrived at Neuburg from Wittmund, which will also be the airfield where the last 10 Phantoms will leave to as soon as possible. During all these year JG-74 flew more than 240.000hrs on the Phantom, among these more than 7200 on the aircraft 37+48. All these and even more impressive numbers were mentioned at the roll call.

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JG74 Neuburg

Where? Neuburg/Zell Airfield - JG 74
When? 2003-2008

The following pages will tell about major milestones, interesting happenings or just show some nice photos of the flying activity at NATO's smallest airfield, the airfield Neuburg/Zell, home of the Jagdgeschwader 74.
The date back until 2003 and will highlight specific - though sometimes randomly chosen - events of the wing, but staying focused on their aircraft.

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Holloman AFB

Where? Holloman AFB, NM, USA
When? October 2007

Holloman AFB hosts besides the F-177A Nighthawk equipped 49FW also the Luftwaffe's Tactical Training Center flying Tornados as well as of a permanent detachment of QF-4E Target Drones. During a trip to the south-western part of the USA gave the possibility to throw a look behind the scenes of two of these facilities.

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HAF Corsair and Buckeye

Where? Araxos and Kalamata AFB, Greece
When? Spring 2007

Very secretive and mostly inaccessible the HAF (Hellenic Air Force / ΠΟΛΕΜΙΚΗ ΑΕΡΟΠΟΡΙΑ) possesses a very interesting and mixed fleet, including some of the most appealing aircraft around Europe – either way because of the uniqueness of the type or just because of their striking camouflage. Once the permission was given I have had the possibility to visit the airbases in Araxos and Kalamata on the Peloponnese peninsula, where I met a whole nice bunch of people who tried to organize nearly everything to get the desired photographs.

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 What? JG74 Eurofighters - First landing
Where? Neuburg/Zell AB, Germany
When? 25/07/2006
 
On July 25th, 2006 the first Eurofighter Typhoons touched down at the airbase Neuburg, home of the Jagdgeschwader (Fighter Wing) 74.
At 11h27 lcl. the smoketrails of two F-4F became visible, announcing the arrival of a double-seater Eurofighter Typhoon and a single-seater four-ship formation.

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Beirut Airport / BEYWhere? Beirut, Lebanon
When? August 2007

Not the usual trip report, but a most interesting visit for me during August this year. While being on holiday in Lebanon I had the rare opportunity to visit Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport to report about the civil operations there.
© Text & Photos: Dr. Andreas Zeitler – Permission to publish excerpts is strictly required!

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 What? Nightflying in Bavaria
Where? Lagerlechfeld & Neuburg, Germany
When? Winter 2006

After along hard and hard abstinence from jet noise and the smell of keroseneI got twice the possbility to observe and photograph the flight operations of the Jagdbombergeschwader 32 ECR (Fighter Bomber Wing 32, or JaboG32), which is the only wing of the German Air Force to employ the unique Tornado ECR (Electronic Combat & Reconnaissance).

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ELITE 2007Where? Southern Germany
When? 14-28/06/2007

The annual ELITE exercise once again attracted a lot of exotic aircraft to southern German airfields in order to train electronic combat of ground and air-based weapon systems.With numbers such as 17 paticipating nations, 1500 soldiers, 45 jets, 13 helicopters and 13 transport aircraft it is no wonder that ELITE (Electronic Warfare Live Training Exercise) is the Luftwaffe's biggest exercise.

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 What? Tomcat Alley
Where? NAC Oceana & NS Norfolk
When? 10/2004

In the dawn of the Tomcat age, Oceana has become the Mekka of the F-14 fan community witht the airshow being the highlight of the year.
NAS Ocena is the biggest airbase of the US Navy on the East coast located not far away from Virginia beach. The day after the NAS Oceana airshow I was shown around the airbase to get an inside view of the normal life on the flightline there and also had the possibilty to visit NS Norfolk.

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 What? ELITE 2006
Where? Southern Germany
When? 04-18/05/2006

In today's battlefields electronic warfare (EW) plays one of the most important roles in gaining air and ground superiority and a continuous evolution and improvements can be observed amongst all armed forces in order to gain an advantage over the enemy.
The aim is to stay undetected as long as possible and to employ the best adopted counter-measures and tactics against any kind of threat.

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 What? Sea Harriers
Where? RNAS Yeovilton
When? 07/2004

Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton is a large multi-role air station located in the scenic Somerset.
It is home to Royal Navy (RN) Sea Harrier F/A2s, RN Lynx Helicopters and RN Commando Helicopter Force. RNAS Yeovilton operates over 100 aircraft in four different categories and is manned by around 1675 service and 2000 civilian personnel including MoD employees and permanent contractors.

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 What? ELITE Exercise
Where? Southern Germany
When? June 2005

Electronic Live Warfare Training Exercise
Ten years after ist first edition in 1995 ELITE (Electronic Warfare Live Training Exercise) is still going strong. Organized by the German Luftwaffe this years exercise involved participants from 19 countries that are mainly based in southern Germany around the Heuberg training range south of Stuttgart. The main base for the involved aircraft is Lagerlechfeld, home of the German ECR Tornados, which hosted this year as well Greek and Turkish F-16s, Italian ECR Tornados and, for the very last time, Swedish Sk37E Viggens and a Saab 340 ERIEYE AEW aircraft.

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 What? German MiG-29 Fulcrums
Where? JG73 'Steinhoff', Laage Airbase
When? 08/2003

At the end of August I had the possibility to spent a day with the Jagdgeschwader (fighter squadron) 73 at their homebase Laage near Rostock.
Only one month later the first 5 MiGs were transferred to Poland, so this visit has been one of the last possibilities for me to capture impressions of the jet with certainly the most unusual history of all the fighters that have ever served within the Bundesluftwaffe.

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Oshkosh EAA Airventure 2017

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Oshkosh EAA Airventure 2017 airshow report and photos
Where? Oshkosh WI, USA
When? 24-30/07/2017

The EAA Airventure 2017 was announced to be the bomber year! And it really became bombastic. 590.000 people attended the event in Oshkosh, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid and also saw for the first time in more than 60 years two B-29 Superfortresses flying in formation. Apart from that once again more than 10.000 aircraft flew to Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, making it at that time the busiest airport in the world with approximately 123 aircraft movements per hour. For the pilots it was once again the great fly-in, and the highlight for the airshow this year were the US Navy Blue Angels.

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Hatzerim Airshow

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Hatzerim Graduation Ceremony #162 / 2011

Where? Hatzerim AB, Israel
When? June 2011

Once again there was the chance in 2011 to visit the graduation ceremony of the Israeli Air Force's (IAF) Pilot Training Course in Hatzerim. This year it was course #162 and the aerial performers did change a bit compared to the last visit in 2009.

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CASA 1.131 D-EIWW

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Casa 1.131 D-EIWW air-air

Where? Northern Bavaria
When?
August 2007

The CASA 1.131-E is the licence-build Spanish version of the Bücker Bü 131 Jungmann. Around 550 aircraft were build in Spain from 1938 until the 1960s and served primarily as an initial trainer aircraft for new Spanish AF pilots. The type stayed within the Spanish AF with the military designation E-3B until 1986, thus making it the longest Jungmann-flying Air Force in the world – with an astonishing service time of 50 years!

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