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Wednesday morning started very well with the full moon being visible at sunrise and the first Phantoms taking already before 8am. Fortunately the Eagles were also airborne after the two-day grounding and the Aggressor left for their first mission of the day at 9, just after the Phantoms have returned. But after they take-off the first two aircraft did an unusual fly-past over the airfield, which was a vague indication that their solo display might start. I thus headed from the famous morning taxi-spot to the field on the south side and was delighted by the rehearsal for their display routine, during which the F-15s presented their topsides very nicely!

All along the day there was then an uninterrupted activity of the Phantom Squadron, the Aggressors and the Eagle Training Squadron, providing enough possibilities to try out some new photo spots for the take-offs and landings. And those were necessary as the construction all along the runway was ruining nearly every photo of the take-offs or landings when the aircraft were still close to the ground. And with the airshow coming the next week-end many Japanese photographers were already besieging the airfield to get a glimpse of all the rehearsal taking place and the photograph the regular flying activity.

When the last F-15 finally touched down at the last rays of sunlight, it was also time for me to leave and head towards the Youth Hostel at Miyakonojo.

With the help of the GPS it was found without difficulties, but I unfortunately had to learn that it was full that night. This was a completely new experience for me as I have never been in a Japanese Youth Hostel before that was completely occupied. Fortunately I was granted to use the hot bath and then headed on towards Kanoya.

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Warbirds over the Beach

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Warbirds over the Beach Airshow, Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach
Where? Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
When? 19-21/05/2017

„Warbirds over the Beach“ is the annual airshow of the Military Aviation Museum (MAM) at Virginia Beach with a strong focus on aircraft of the WWII era. Each year during the May weekend before Memorial Day the majority of warbirds from the 1940s era being part of the fantastic collection of the MAM are literally unleashed and take to the air from a small private airstrip just South of Virgina Beach on the US Atlantic shoreline.

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SIAF 2011

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SIAF 2011 at Sliac

Where? Sliac Airport, Slovakia
When? 27-28/08/2011

After the SIAD and the NLD it was this year that Slovakia's big international airshow came to light as the SIAF. Whereas in recent years the big yearly Slovak Airshow NLD has been held in Slovakia's Western part as Bratislava or Piestany, SIAF chose the Slovak MiG-29 home base Sliac in the Tatra region as the new location – and this was more than one good reason to come back.
Situated in a valley of the Tatra mountain region, Sliac is about a 2h drive from the capital Bratislava, with several picturesque cities nearby that make it easy to spent some nice evenings after the long and exhausting show days.

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O-1E Bird Dog

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Cessna O-1 Bird Dog air-air photography
Where? Hahnweide, Germany
When? September 2016

Flying low over the jungle on tree top level the exploits of the Cessna O-1E Bird Dog in South East Asia are legendary. However, this venerable warbird is maybe one of the lesser known and unglamorous aircraft types flown during the Vietnam War, being manned by USAF and South Vietnamese pilots. Nevertheless some of the Bird Dog’s relive a renaissance today, as they are a cheap and affordable warbird, and a joy to fly!

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