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Waking up on Monday morning in a real bed in the hotel near Haneda was a strange experience, as the last week was completely spent either in the sleeping bag or on the tatami. But it was an early wake-up call as usual.
The hotel even included a "Continental breakfast", but looking at some of the dishes I decided to stay with the rice and coffee. As the return flight to Munich was in the afternoon, there was still some to spend at Haneda before taking the shuttle bus to Narita.

The visit to the visitors deck on the JAL side of the airport at sunrise provided a stunning view of the snow-covered Mt. Fuji being illuminated by the first rays of the sun, as well as a view of the whole downtown Tokyo with another chain of snowy mountains in the background. Furthermore the deck offered a good view of the construction of the new International Terminal, which will surely put up a competition for the Narita Airport. After enough 'red' JAL photos I changed to the 'blue' ANA site, though the light at this time of the day is not that good.

The change however was worth it and I was rewarded with a shot of the brand new B767 ANA retro jet as well as the view of the yellow Pokemon jet.

Then it was finally time for bus to Narita, and get on-board my plane back to a cold and hazy Munich, right in time for the Christmas season.

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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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Air Show Turkiye

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Turkey Air Show 2011 - Izmir

Where? Izmir, Turkey
When? 4-5/06/2011

In many places aviation Centennials are celebrated, and so did the Turkish Air Force. The official events already started in January, but cumulated for the public in the International air show, hosted at the 2nd Main Jet Base Command (Çigli/Izmir) on 04-05 June 2011. As Turkey is very secretive and restricted with everything regarding their military, it is no wonder that the spotterdays offered on the day before and after the event was soon fully booked with 1000 (!) enthusiasts wanting to attend.

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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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