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Spotter Trip to JapanShortly after my trip in 2005 I decided never to come back to Japan again. Never ever...
The reason for this lay mainly in navigation difficulties (to find a place to sleep), bad weather towards the end of the trip and the infamous "Matsusaka police incident".
However, looking back at the trip some time later, Japan is a country where so many things are completely different to the way we (Europeans) are used to it, and nevertheless everything is usually running very enjoyable and smooth, so harmonic and colorfull - like the way their aircraft are painted.
All of this, combined with the drive to find out how Japan feels with some of the knowledge learnt the last time, led me to the decision to go there a second time

This time the main target are the shows at Nyutabaru and Naha, and hopefully I will find some time in between Sushi, hot baths and taking photos to write some lines here!

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Polish AF visit

Where? Poland, Warszawa area
When? Spring 2008

Sily Powietrzne Rzeczpospolitej Polskiej
(Polish Air Force)

90 years after its creation after WW I in 1918 the Polish Air Force is currently undergoing an impressive conversion process. A tour to the air bases of Radom, Dęblin, Mińsk Mazowiecki and Warszawa-Okęcie gave some interesting views and information about the transformation from being one of the Warsaw Pact's biggest Air Forces to become considerably smaller without loosing its strike force by employing more sophisticated aircraft.

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Israel AF 60th anniversary

Where? around Israel
When? May 2008

Israel saw in 2008 the 60th anniversary festivities of the state's proclamation on May, 14th 1948. To celebrate this, events were held all over the country, and the Air Force was obviously participating as well. Besides the Open Doors at several airbases a massive fly-by constisting of a total 67 aircraft all over the small country and cumulating at the beach of Tel Aviv on May, 8th, was the public highlight of the celebrations.

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USA West Coast Aircraft Spotting Trip

Where? USA South-West
When? 26/10-12/11/2007

The big trip this year was a tour to the US, framed by the airshows at Holloman and Nellis, and two weeks time for photography at airports and scenic locations along the route.

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 What? Austria's Air Force
Where? several Austrian airbases
When? 06/2006

An insight view into an Air Force in transition was given during a sunny, and sometimes also thundery week in June by the Austrian Air Force (Au AF).
Facing a major reorganisation of the whole AF structure called "ÖBH 2010"

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Israel Air Force Photos

Where? around Israel
When? 21-26/04/2007

Looking at the Middle East the Israel Air Force is considered to be by far the most potent and most modern one. This results from the diffcult political relationship with its neighbours and inside the country as well that translates into a highly alerted and motivated Army and Air Force all around the clock. To be able to sustain and maintain these efforts the IAF employs some of the most modern and most sophisticated aircraft, helicopters and UAVs in the world, which clearly put it ahead compared to the equipment of the neighbouring countries.

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Japan Aircraft Spotting

Where? all around Japan
When? October - November 2005

An extensive adventure in 18 days: Exploring the land of the rising sun in search for their exotic aircraft.
This trip had it all: freezing temperatures, hot sunny days, thunderstorms, and even a very special encounter with the police. Take your time wand enjoy this report!

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Where? Meiringen, Switzerland
When? March 2017

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When? 28-29/06/2013

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Where? Bavaria, Germany
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