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Apache doing its business All this flying culminated later in the live firing demonstrations: first with a pair of AH-64A Peten approaching the crowd from behind, firing their machine guns on some targets in the deserts that burst into flames and thick black smoke. This was followed by a pair of S-70 Yanshuf and two AH-1 Tzefa, the latter aiming on two other targets in the far distance with their unguided missiles and successfully destroyed both of them. All the noisiness did not end before a 4-ship of F-16 Barak 'attacked' the airfield, pulled up while continuously releasing flares well over the apex of this manoeuvre and aimed an imaginary target in-between Hatzerim's two runways. This point of desert ground turned into dust only seconds later when hit by 16 practice bombs.

AH-1 Tsefa live missile fire & UH-60 Yanshuf combat team

AH-64A Pethen canon firing

4x F-16A Netz practice bomb drop

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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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Aero India 2011

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Aero India 2011 - Bangalore

Where? Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
When? 9-13/02/2011

When talking about India it is often referred to as the "World's largest democracy" – no wonder having around 1,2 billion inhabitants. However when looking at aviation photography it is a completely different world, as even civil aviation photography is far from normal or accepted, let alone taking photos of military aircraft. Aero India 2011 at the Yelahanka Air Base near Bangalore in the South of India was thus a welcome chance to get some military hardware in front of my lens.

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HA-200 Saeta

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HA-200 Saeta

Hispano Aviacion HA-200 "Saeta" D-IWMS

The Hispano Aviacion HA-200 "Saeta" ("Arrow") is one of the last designs fully developed by Willy Messerschmitt. It had its first flight on August, 12th 1955 in Sevilla.
50 years later I have been invited to do an air-air photo session with the only remaining airworthy HA-200 in Germany. It is part of the impressive collection of the "Messerschmitt Stiftung" and operated by EADS from their site in Manching.

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