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 Where? Caslav - Czech Republic
When? 21/05/2005

After the farewell cermony for the Starfighter last year in Pratica di mare another area came to its end this year in May. On May, 21st the Czech Air Force held on open day at Caslav AFB (~80km east of Prague) to say good-bye to their MiG-21s and to welcome the newly acquired Saab Gripen.

Read more: Czech MiG-21 Farewell

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 Where? Cerny/La Ferté-Alais - France
When? 14-15/05/2005

Every year at the pentecost week-end the Cerny airfield near La Ferté-Alais, which is located around 90km south of Paris, is the big meeting point for the French and European Warbird and Oldtimer-scene. This year the weather was unfortunately not the very best with continuous rain on Saturday morning.

Read more: La Ferté-Alais Airshow

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 Where? Midland, Texas - USA
When? 02.-03./10/2004

After my visit to Duxford in July I still wanted to see a bit more this year. The choice was not difficult, because if you are a warbird enthusiast and you have already been to Duxford, there is only one more place to go to: Midland, Texas. Midland is the headquarter of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), a volunteer organization that preserves WW II-aircraft and tries to keep them in flying condition.

Read more: FINA-CAF Airsho

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 Where? NAS Oceana, VA - USA
When? 24-26/09/2004

After the retirement of the Starfighter (see Pratica di Mare Airshow) one jet still to see was highon my list: the Gruman F-14 Tomcat, the last of the big fighters. When they have disappeard from the aircraft carriers in the Pacific and will see their end within the next few years my goal was clear:Oceana, located on the eastcoast of the USA,about a 4h drive south of Washington DC.

Read more: Oceana Airshow

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 Where? Brno - Czech Republic
When? 06-07/09/2003

The 10th edition of the Czech International Air Fest (CIAF 2003) was exceptionally not  held at the military airfield of Hradec-Kralove but at the civil airport Brno. There have been a lot of roumors and different reasons reasons have been mentioned for this action, but I will not continue to speculate about it. The fact that no Czech MiG-21 neither opened the flight display as previously had been announced nor one could be seen in the static display speaks for itself as well as for the condition and the problems of the airforces of the former Warsaw Pact.

Read more: CIAF Brno

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 Where? Culdrose - UK
When? 14/07/2004

Fly Navy !!!
Every year on the Wednesday before the RIAT the RNAS Culdrose helds ist annual Airday. RNAS Culdrose is located in the west of Cornwall near Helston, only a short hop from Land's End. It is the biggest helicopter base in Europe with its numerous Sea Kings for SAR, transport and anti-submarine missions and revently also got equipped with the Merlin.

Read more: RNAS Culdrose Airday

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 Where? Eggebek - Germany
When? 24/08/2003

90 years of german naval aviation and 45 years Marinefliegergeschwader (MFG) 2
...these have been the two anniversaries and main themes for the Eggebek Airday, the only open doors day of the German Air Force (GAF)/ Navy this year.
The organizers did an excellent job in inviting a good bunch of foreign aircraft for the show which resulted in a lot of nice visitors for the static and flight display and have been rewarded by about 80.000 visitors for their open doors day.

Read more: Eggebek Airday

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 Where? Duxford - UK
When? 10-11/07/2004

...for the very first time
After all the military airshows that I have attend this year so far I decided that it was time for a change, I decided to take a step back in time. I was looking for some warbirds. In Europe you do not have to search a lot, there is only o n e place to go: Duxford.

Read more: Flying Legends 2004

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 Where? Paris, le Bourget
When? 15-20/06/2003

Finally, after a long wait, I have prepared the photos of the "Salon du Bourget 2003". Just see it as a pleasant anticipation for the airshow season 2004 ;)
Every 2 years the "Salon Internatiomaux de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace", or in English "Paris Air Show", is the big internationall aviation trade fair in Europe.

Read more: Paris Air Show

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 Where? Reims - France
When? 04/07/2004

Reims, the capital of the Campagne, France's finest wine region, is also home of the French Air Forces (FAF) Base aérienne 112 (Air Base 112) "Commandant Marin-La-Meslée" which host three fighter wings equipped with Mirage F1. The jets and the prospect of some nice food and wine in the evening made the long trip to this year's open day worthwhile.

Read more: Reims Open Doors

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 Where? Zeltweg - Austria
When? 27-28/06/2003

As usual the Austrian Air Force together with RedBull put up an excellent airshow at an airbase with one of the most beautiful backdrops. Airpower03 was for sure one of the show-highlights in 2003 and attracted about 250.000 people on the two show-days. The next edition is planned in 2005 and I am already looking forward to it! This is photos only report, enjoy it!

Read more: AirPower 2003

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 Where? Volkel - Netherlands
When? 18-19/06/2004

This year's Open Doors of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) were dominated by the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the F-16 Fighting Falcon to the Royal Air Force. To celebrate this event an F-16 was painted in the red-white-blue, thus imitating the colourscheme of the very first F-16 prototype. This special coloured bird awaited the crowed at one of the two main entrances.

Read more: KLU Open Dagen

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 Where? Twenthe - Netherlands
When? 20-21/05/2003

The Royal Netherlands Airforce (RNLAF) organized this year once again an excellent open doors day. After last year's event has been held at the airbase Gilze-Rijen, another base has been chosen for this year's event, namely Twenthe.
Both airshow days saw clouds and sun, together with a sometimes cold breeze and temperatures in the low 20's. Not the best weather but good enough to get a nice sunburn and have a great day out to watch an superb airdisplay.

Read more: Open Dagen 2003

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 Where? Bratislava - Slovak Republic
When? 12-13/06/2004

Every two years the Slovak International Air Display (SIAD) is held at the airport of Bratislava, capital of the Slovak Republic. This year's event was not only seen by the officials as an simple airshow but also as a celebration of the entry into the European Union.
That included the participation of a lot of European countries like Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy or Portugal.

Read more: SIAD 2004

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 Where? Coventry - UK
When? 31/06/2003

The sound of piston engines filled the air at Coventry Airfield, Warwickshire, UK, the week-end of the 31st May, 1st June. It was one of the few rare airshows that give the possibility to see the beautiful propliners of the forties and fifties in the air together with a nice selection of early jets.
The main organiser of the airshow is Mike Collett, Chairman of the Air Atlantique Group. He together with his team organised an excellent show with rare sights on the ground and in the air.

Read more: Coventry Classics

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 Where? Pratica di Mare - Italy
When? 30/06/2004

The 50th anniversary of the F-104 Starfighter and the last year of active service within the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militaria Italiana - AMI) were the reason for an axcellent airshow at Pratica di Mare during the Pentecost weekend.
Many enthusiast travelled the long way to the airbase that is located just south of Rome and is the home of the test facilities of the AMI.

Read more: Pratica di Mare Airshow - Arrivederci Spillone

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 Where? Payerne - Switzerland
When? 25/04/2003

The same procedure as every year...
For the beginng of the last Airshow season I have chosen to go to the Payerne Open Doors display. The report about last year can be read here. Hearing some rumours about special acts that year I have been very eager to go there! And I have not been disappointed!!

Read more: WK Payerne

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 Where? Berlin - Germany
When? 10-16/05/2004

One month before this year's ILA the signs were good that the show might emerge from the status of a small trade fair. Well, at least a little bis. The trade fair has been promoted as the 'Gateway to the East' and everything was made possible to give the russian manufacturers (esp. MiG and Sukhoi) to bring their aircraft to Berlin, and even more important, to take them back ;) But some weeks before the show: big dissapointment:

Read more: ILA 2004

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45 years WTD61Where? Manching AB, Germany
When? 28/09/2002

A formation of a MiG-29, F-4F, Tornado and Eurofighter - quite an uncommon sight today in 2007. But nearly everyday business back in 2002 at Germany's Flight Test Centre WTD 61 (Wehrtechnische Dienststelle) in Manching.

Read more: 45 years WTD61

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Where? Payerne - Switzerland
When? 04-05/09/2004

The first week-end of September 2004 will long be remembered as the week-end during which another of the legendary Swiss airshows like the one in Sion 1997 took place. This year it was time for AIR04 at the Swiss Air Force base Payerne. For the 90th anniversary of the Swiss Air Force (SAF) , the 40th anniversary of the Patrouille Suisse and the 15th of the PC-7 a really impressive programm was presented to the crowd.

Read more: Air04 Payerne

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 Where? Oberschleißheim - Germany
When? 17-18/05/2002

With the centennial in mind a pretty nice fly-in was organized at the Deutsches Museum Oberschleißheim to celebrate the Centennial of Flight as well as the 100th anniversary of the Deutsches Museum. The nearby runway and the nice scenery combined with perfect weather draw the attentention of a lot of people, who schose the event as the destination of their week-end trip. And I think the pilots enjoyed their stay as well!

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 Where? Axalp - Switzerland
When? 08-10/10/2003

The Swiss Air Force demonstration at the Ebenfluh Shooting Range,
mostly refered to as Axalp because of the nearby village, is a unique possibility to see jet fighters doing live gun shooting. Together with the impressive scenery the demo is an experience that one will nevere forget.
The shooting range is located at an altitude of 7365 feet (2242m) in the middle of the Swiss Alps.

Read more: Bye bye AMIR!

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 Where? Edwards AFB, USA
When? 26/10/2002

Located in the centre of the californian dessert Edwards AFB is the main location for research and flight test of new US aircraft and aerial vehicles. This is mainly due to the fact of the excellent weather conditions with nearly no rain days during the year and the great salt lake which has been an ideal runway used for the first landings.

Read more: Edwards Open House

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Where? Meiringen, Switzerland
When? March 2017

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Where? Hatzerim AB, Israel
When? June 2011

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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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