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Bulgarian Air Force in action
Where? Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria
When? spring / summer 2015

The sights at Graf Ignatievo Air Base in Bulgaria are fascinating. A still typical Warsaw pact flight line filled with MiG-21s and MiG-29s, and even more Fulcrums are visible in the heat haze at the Eastern end of the airfield, ready to scramble with their live weapons for an air policing mission. But it is 2015, and these MiGs are guarding one of NATO’s Eastern frontiers.

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Bangladesh Beauties - Planespotting in Dhaka
Where? Dhaka, Bangladesh
When? 12/2013

Bangladesh is neither a common tourist destination, nor is it likely the first country that would make it on top of the list of "popular planespotting destinations". Nevertheless the trip to Dhaka was most interesting, making for some long-lasting impressions from a diversified country!

Read more: Bangladesh Specials

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JASDF 60th anniversary 2014
Where? Japan
When? November 2014

The 60th anniversary of the JASDF in 2014 promised many special schemes on their aircraft, though the amount and variety of the 50th anniversary would most probably not be matched. Nevertheless this was the motivation for another trip to the land of the rising sun.

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Vietnam - Air Force and Museums

Where? Vietnam
When? 08/2013

Vietnam and aviation brings to most peoples minds probably Phantoms fighting against MiGs, B-52 Stratofortresses acting as bombs trucks and napalm and "Agent Orange"€œ over the jungle. However, as Uncle Ho'€™s-led North Vietnam finally defeated the Western-supported South with the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975, the dark history of the Vietnam War from 1956 to 1975 is being presented with a different view in the museums stretching all over the country from Ho Chi Minh City up to Hanoi.

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India 2011 - Bangalore / Taj Mahal

Where? India - Bangalore & Delhi
When? February 2011

There are not many chances to see aircraft of the Indian Air Force, and if you think about going to see them in their home country, there actually is only one: Aero India, held bi-annually at Yelahanka AB, located North of Bangalore. My first trip in 2011 should bring me there.

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Russian Air Force
Where? Russia, several airbases
When? 07-08/2012

The 100th anniversary of the Russian Air Force (Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily Rossii - ВВС России) in August 2012 was celebrated with a huge airshow at Moscow Zhukovsky. Loads of aircraft from all eras filled the sky during the parade and for different solo displays.

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Asia Trip 2010

Where? Japan & China
When? November 2011

What, Japan... again??? Well, this trip to Asia was more or less arranged around the China Airshow 2010 at Zhuhai, but with the Tsuiki Open Day on the week-end before and going to this part of the world 'anyway' I thought it is a good decision to visit Japan again, even more so due to the fact that even after two visits to the Tsuiki show I did not have the chance to have really good weather there. A visit to the Hsinchu Open Doos in Taiwan, coinciding with the last Zhuhai week-end, should finally finish this 3-country trip.

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Nyutabaru Air Base
Where? Kyushu, Japan
When? November 2012

Aggressors, Eagles and Phantoms, there is plenty of jet action going on at Nyutabaru, even on a normal flying day. Spending two days on the fence guarantees many motives of jets from the Land of the Rising Sun.

Read more: Kyushu Warriors

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Japan Trip 2009

Where? Kyhusu, Southern Japan
When?
11/12-2009

"Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, the flight time to Tokyo is 10 hours 30minutes…" Once again a trip to Japan starts with a long stay on-board Lufthansa' convenient direct flight from Munich to Narita on an Airbus A340. But this time fortunately with the stretched -600 version, offering personal video screens also in the economy class, which really helped for the time fo 'fly-by' a bit faster than usual. However, after 8 hours or so the flight appeared to be endless...

Read more: Japan December 2009

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Taiwan Air Force
Where? Taiwan / Republic of China (ROC)
When? November 2012

Once upon a time, the ROCAF (Republic of China Air Force) – aka Taiwanese Air Force – caught my eye: an interesting mix of aircraft types, still some colourful schemes and nice photos were seen floating around the web. The plan to go there was kept in mind and finally realized in connection with a visit to the "Airshow China" in 2012.

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Japan Tour 2009

When? March 2009
Where?
Tokyo Area

In Spring 2009 it was time for another trip to Japan, concentrating on the area around Tokyo and mainly driven by the fact that the – until then – Naha Phantoms of 302 Hikotai have moved to Hyakuri, making this base the home of two JASDF Phantom Squadrons. Furthermore rumours were going around that the newly build runway there does offer some excellent photo possibilities.

Read more: Japan March 2009

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an Aircraft Spotting trip to Korea and Japan
Where? Korea / Japan
When? October 2011

Korea and Japan, two colourful Asian countries, and with a huge variety of aviation subjects. With some airshows going on in a narrow timeframe a nice round-trip was worked out that should hopefully bring some images from these two Air Forces back. Time to start...

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Japan Spotting Tour 2008

Where? Japan - Kyushu and Okinawa
When? December 2008

Somehow I had to go back to Japan, despite some of the experiences during my first trip. All these exotic aircraft and and the strange, but very interesting country and the nice people finally made me to go back again. This journey to the "Land of the Rising Sun" was organized around the airshows in Nyutabaru and Naha, thus concentrating on the warmer south at that time of the year.
With a better preparation and the knowledge from the first trip this trip made me want to go back again sometime in the future.
This is the story why:

Read more: Japan 2008 Trip

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Axalp 2017

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Axalp Firepower Demo - Swiss Air Force Live Shooting Exercise 2017
Where? Axalp - Ebenfluh Shooting Range, Switzerland
When? October 2017

The Axalp airpower demonstration of the Swiss Air Force is held every year in the beginning of October. Located at an altitude of 7365 feet (2242m) above sea level the Ebenfluh shooting range provides a unique training environment for Swiss Air Force pilots to exercise their air-ground gunnery skills. Weather conditions for the 2017 edition of this famous spectacle were just right with some snow remaining on the surrounding mountain tops and splendid sunshine throughout the week.

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Aero India 2011

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Aero India 2011 - Bangalore

Where? Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
When? 9-13/02/2011

When talking about India it is often referred to as the "World's largest democracy" – no wonder having around 1,2 billion inhabitants. However when looking at aviation photography it is a completely different world, as even civil aviation photography is far from normal or accepted, let alone taking photos of military aircraft. Aero India 2011 at the Yelahanka Air Base near Bangalore in the South of India was thus a welcome chance to get some military hardware in front of my lens.

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Yak-11

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Czech Yak-11 Air-Air

Yak-11 OK-JZE

The Yak-11 was the trainer aircraft for all pilots of the Warsaw Pact states from the 1950s up to the 1970s. To free up production capacity for other aircraft Russia decided to outsource the manufacturing to Czechoslovakia. During the 1950s 707 Yak-11 left the Let aircraft factory in Kunovice. Czech aircraft were designated C-11 (civicny: exercise).

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