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After another night in the meanwhile well-known youth hostel an marvellous sunrise welcomed me at Tsuiki, and waiting in the early morning sun I could hear the first jet engines running. But this was only the test run, as when they finally taxied out, the clouds were there was well… The only thing that raised my humour was the fact, that the first F-2A was the special marked one, which was nearly un-photographable two days before during the show.

And to make a long story short: F-15s were still grounded, and the F-2s flew three times that day, but not once the special marked jet either taxied, took-off or landed in good light. Well, sometimes you win, sometimes you loose... But if it is on such a trip, such things are especially annoying.

For the last landing shortly before dawn I decided to try the 'Spotter Hill' on the other side of the airfield which gave some nice results of the F-2s rolling out, trailing their bright yellow breaking chutes behind them.

On the hill an elderly man also approached me and told me stories when Tsuiki and Kanoya where the starting point for Kamikaze, or Tokkotai as he called them, pilots and when these airfields have been attacked by F6F or F4U. Quite a memorable meeting once again! The evening was marked again by the long drive from Tsuiki to Nyutabaru along Route 10, a trip that is around 270km, takes around 5,5h and – I counted it during this drive – brings you along approximately 270 traffic lights!

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Bell Cobra Flight

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Bell P-39 P-63 Cobras air-air at EAA Airventure Oshkosh
Where? Oshkosh, WI, USA
When?July 2017

EAA Airventure at Oshkosh in 2017 saw a rare gathering of Bell Aircraft Cobras. Three P-63 Kingcobras and a P-39 Airacobra attended the ‘World’s greatest Aviation Celebration’, amongst them all Cobras belonging to the Commemorative Air Force (CAF): the P-39Q of the Central Texas Wing, the world’s sole flying P-63F of the “P-63 Sponsor Group” and the most recent addition, the P-63A of the Dixie Wing from Peachtree City, Georgia.

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La Ferte-Alais

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La Ferté Alais Meeting - Les Temps des Helices 2012
Where? La Ferté-Alais - Aerodrome de Cerny, France
When? 26-27/05/2012

Many thousand visitors cannot be wrong, and so I made my way also once again to La Ferté-Alais, South of Paris. Gorgeous blue skies this year and a warm welcoming French ambiance provided some great days out during its 40th edition.

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Phantom Pharewell Photo Phlight

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Luftwaffe / WTD61 F-4F Phantom II air-air
Where? Bavaria, Germany
When? 07/2013

The months of June and July 2013 saw the final operations of German F-4F Phantoms. With Jagdgeschwader 71 "R" at Wittmund officially putting Luftwaffe Phantom operations to an end and handing over the QRA task to the Eurofighter, the two Manching-based Phantoms were the last German examples to soldier on for some more days. During those final days also arose a unique photo opportunity - a Phantastic "Phantom Pharewell Photo Phlight"!

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