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After waking up somewhere near Nyutabaru the next morning I was really surprised how much the airfield has been changed by the construction work since my last visit. Photo opportunities along the runway were really bad due to all the trucks driving up and down as well as the new runway, which is slightly higher than the old one. I thus decided to try some taxi and landing shots and make the best out of it.

Unfortunately the F-15 fleet was still grounded during the whole day, foiling my plans to photograph the striking Aggressor jets, let alone seeing a rehearsal display for next Sunday's show of them.

As only some F-4EJ Phantoms were flying and the weather was far from perfect I decided quite early in the afternoon to hit the road again and drive back the ~250km – or 6hre on Japanese roads… - to Tsuiki, to see at least some of the way during daylight.

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Meiringen WK 2017

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Meiringen Swiss Air Force WK 2017
Where? Meiringen, Switzerland
When? March 2017

Alpine Base Meiringen offers a gorgeous setting The airfield is nestled in a small valley in central Switzerland in the canton of Bern. Surrounded by mountains that partly rise up vertically for several hundred meters it is challenging flying terrain, but provides plenty of photo opportunities. Meiringen is the home of the Swiss Air Force's Fliegerstaffel 11 "Tigers", one of Switzerland three F/A-18 Hornet Squadrons, and is also home to the militia Squadron 8 "Destructors" ("Vandalos"), flying the F-5E Tiger II.

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F-4F Phantom Pharewell

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Luftwaffe Phantom Pharewell
Where? Wittmund, Germany
When? 28-29/06/2013

The sky was crying tears for the Phantom Pharewell event at Wittmund airbase. With initially nearly winter weather the last week-end in June was the date for the officially last days of Luftwaffe F-4F Phantom operations and celebrated with an Open Doors day.

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Do-24 ATT - A flight for dreams

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Dornier  Do-24 ATT

Do-24 ATT RP-C2403

In September 2004 I have had the exclusive opportunity to do an air-air photo shoot with the Do-24 ATT which was staying in Oberpfaffenhofen (near Munich) at that time. Iren Dornier was keen on getting some photos of his aircraft in front of the stunning scenery of the German Alps. So we met on a nice and warm summer afternoon at the airfield and briefed the flight.

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