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WTD61 - 50 yearsWhere? Manching (ETSI)
When? 15/09/2007

A 50th anniversary is always something special, and when a flight test centre is celebrating it you have the right ingredients for a lot of surprises. Exactly that was the case at Manching near Ingolstadt in southern Germany when the Wehrtechnische Dienststelle 61 (WTD61) opened its doors on September 15th, 2007.

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Ju-52 HahnweideWhere? Flugplatz Hahnweide
When? 08-09/09/2007

Hier bereits einige Vorschaubilder der einmal wieder sehr gelungenen Veranstaltung auf der Hahnweide. Der Bericht und eine ausführlichere Galerie sind bereits in Vorbereitung.

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special coloured Mi-24 HindWhere? Kecskemét, Hungary
When? 11-12/08/2007

Held biannually at the Hungarian Air Force (Hun AF) air base in Kecskemét this air show is after the Formula One Grand Prix Hungary’s biggest outdoor event. The location can be easily reached with a one hour drive from Budapest’s airport and it is therefore no wonder that it is becoming more and more popular also among the foreign air show enthusiast –

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100 Jahre Flugplatz Freiburg Airport CentennialWhere? Flugplatz Freiburg
When? 21-22/07/2007

Nicely located at the River Rhine and between the Black Forest and near to the border of France the airport of Freiburg celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. The main attraction for the enthusiast that travelled long distances to attend this event was for sure the collection of warbirds that undergo maintenance or restoration in the hangar of MeierMotors.

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 Where? Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF) -Germany
When? 16-21/05/2006

Even though spectacular contract signings had been missed at this year's ILA and announcements were nearly drowned out by the discussion where the next ILAs will take place due the extension of Schönefeld to the new Berlin-Brandenburg International (BBI) airport it was once again a very impressive event. Fortunately it was decided already at the beginning that ILA will stay in Berlin, but also that the fairground will move to the North of the runway what will make good photography even more difficult than it is today with the huge distance of the display line.

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RIAT 2007Where? RAF Fairford, UK
When? 14-15/07/2007

RIAT… Fairford... THE military air show well known among air show enthusiasts. No wonder as it is the biggest event worldwide of this kind. Due to the commercialisation of the show and the high fees that will await you there during one week-end only I have resisted to go there for a long time. But this year I finally decided to attend the biggest (and best?) military air show on the globe to get my own opinion, and experience the flair of being there.

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 Where? Erding, Bavaria - Germany
When? 21/05/2006

Within the scope of the festivities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the German Luftwaffe (German Air Force / GAF) the airfield Erding held an Open Doors day on Sunday, May 21st 2006. On my trip back from the ILA in Berlin I made a short stop there on Sunday late afternoon and had the luck to take nice photos during two of the rare sunny hours that day.

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 Le Bourget 2007Where? Paris - Le Bourget
When? 18-24/06/2007

The Salon du Bourget - or in English "Paris Air Show" - is the world's biggest aeronautical trade fair. Well known for the large variety of displayed aircraft and traffic jams all around the area the 47th edition in 2007 made no exception. After the big hype of the first public appearance of the Airbus A380 in 2005 new highlights

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 Where? Fürstenfeldbruck (ETSF) - Germany
When? 01/04/2006

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the German Luftwaffe in 2006 the first event was held in Fürstenfeldbruck, not far from Munich, once home of the Jagdbombergeschwader (JaboG) 49.

Read more: Day of the Luftwaffe

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 Where? Ebenfluh Shooting Range - Central Switzerland
When? 09-11/10/2006

Axalp 2006 has been another Axalp without snow. I do not know if this is only due to bad luck or to the changing climate, but one thing is sure: it makes walking easier, but photography even more difficult, and therefore this years results from this unique airpower demonstration might not be as stunning as the ones from 2003, when the Mirages were flying in front of a snowy scenery.

Read more: Axalp Show

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 Where? Tsuiki - Japan
When? 06/11/2005

Another big event and one reason for our trip: the Farewell Show of the Mitsubishi F-1 at Tsuiki.
Unfortunately the rain did continue dropping on the roof when we woke up in our cold room on the rice mattress. Though it was still 5am we got up quite quick and left the hostel half an hour later. Getting up that early turned out to be a good decision as the parking was already well occupied at 6.30 despite all the rain still pouring down.

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Where? Eurocopter Donauwörth, Germany
When? 16/09/2006

Eurocopter celebrated its 60th anniversary of the Donauwörth site with a family's day on September 16th, 2006. Whereas wagons and aircraft have been built in earlier times at Donauwörth, the site is today the centre of the German helicopter industry. The main attraction were the construction line of the NH 90 and Tiger helicopters, as well as the interesting sights of the maintenance of other military types currently in service within the German Army and Navy: Sea King, Sea Lynx and CH-53.

Read more: Eurocopter Family Day

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 Where? Iruma - Japan
When? 03/11/2005

Once again we got up early on the 5th day of our trip, because that we would have our first Japanese Airshow at Iruma. Japanese friends we met the year before in Europehave told us that they have never been to Iruma, because "there are too many people". We could not understand that totally, but we should learn during the course of the day!

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 Where? Brno-Turany Airport, Czech Republic
When? 02.-03./09/2006

The Czech International Air Fest (CIAF) usually marks each year the end of my personal airshow season, the CIAF 2006 being no exception for that. After a personal calm and not always photographically successful 2006 a warm and sunny week-end in Brno forgiving provided a forgiving completion of this year.

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 What? Archangel 2005
Where? Larissa & Nea Anghialos, Greece
When? 16/09/2005

In connection with the Archangel fectivities the Hellenic Air Force also opens its airbases for the interestet public every two years for three days. Before my visit to the Airshow at Tanagra I used this opportunity to visit the bases Larissa and Nea Anghialos.

Read more: HAF Open Doors

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 Where? MFG 3 "Graf Zeppelin" - Nordholz / Germany
When? 27/08/2006

Don't blame it on the weatherman…
The forecast for the week-end of August, 26th/27th for the region around Bremen was not very favourable, but as I have already booked my flight to visit the MFG3 (Marinefliegergeschwader 3) Airday 2006 in Nordholz near Cuxhaven quite in advance it was then already too late to step back from this wet adventure.
The homepage for the event has already been put online in January and announced a big show.

Read more: Airday 2006

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 Where? Ebenfluh Shooting Range -Switzerland
When? 12-13/10/2005

After walking up on the Axalp in deep snow two years ago and seeing the final presentation of the Mirage III RS up there I promised that this has been my last time. But how have I been wrong… Two summers passed and I was anxious how the Swiss Air Force would have replaced the spectacular reconnaissance approach towards the command post on the Ebenfluh shooting range, so I made my way up again.

Read more: Axalp 2005

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RoIAS 2007Where? Mihail Kogalniceanu - Constanta, Romania
When? 29.-30./07/2006

Watching out for something special and exotic this year the Romanian International Air Show (RoIAS) caught my attention. The two day event was celebrated at the Mihail Kogalniceanu AB near Constanta not far from the Black Sea in honour of the 100th anniversary of "mechanical flying" in Romania. MiGs, sunshine and the prospect of taking a bath in the sea after the show were very promising for a successful trip.

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 Where? Tanagra, Greece
When? 18/09/2005

If somebody would have told me last year that I will have the possibility to take photos at a Greek military airfield without restrictions I would not have believed him. Even more after all the stories that have been told about Greek security measures...

Read more: Archangel 2005

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 Where? Manching - Germany
When? 08/07/2006

Family days at the EADS site in Manching are always something special - a fact that proved once again to be true this year. According to official sources around 100.000 were attracted by this event that coincided with the 45th anniversary of the site. It is hard to imagine that many people as the access was only permitted to employees and their families and friends, but a massive traffic jam on the motorway clearly demonstrated that people were keen on discovering what is usually hidden behind the factory's wall.

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 Where? Kirchheim/Teck - Germany
When? 03-04/09/2005

Mix a huge number of vintage aircraft, a lovely scenery in southern Germany, the best September weather and you will have all the ingredients for a successful Airshow. The Hahnweide Show, Germany's big meeting of historic aircraft, achieved it once again to fascinate thousands of visitors with all the unique aircraft they brought together at the airfield at Kirchheim/Teck. on September, 10th-11th.

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 Where? BA 132 Colmar-Meyenheim, Alsace - France
When? 18/06/2006

In combination with the 65th anniversary of the "Group de Chasse" GC 01/030 "Alsace" a Open Doors Day (Journée Portes Ouvertes or JPO) was organized at the Base Aérienne BA 132 Colmar Meyenheim on Sunday, June 18th 2006. The date coincided with Charles de Gaulles "Appeal of June 18" to fellow countrymen in London when France fell to Nazi Germany.

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 Where? Brno, Czech Republic
When? 10-11/09/2005

Very rare are the occasions that you can admire an Aerobatic Team from Russia at an Airshow outside their own country, therefore it is no wonder that a lot of enthusiasts made their way to Brno in the Czech Republic on the week-end of September, 10th-11th 2005 for this year's Czech International Air Fest (CIAF) 2005.

Read more: CIAF 2005

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Bell P-39 P-63 Cobras air-air at EAA Airventure Oshkosh
Where? Oshkosh, WI, USA
When?July 2017

EAA Airventure at Oshkosh in 2017 saw a rare gathering of Bell Aircraft Cobras. Three P-63 Kingcobras and a P-39 Airacobra attended the ‘World’s greatest Aviation Celebration’, amongst them all Cobras belonging to the Commemorative Air Force (CAF): the P-39Q of the Central Texas Wing, the world’s sole flying P-63F of the “P-63 Sponsor Group” and the most recent addition, the P-63A of the Dixie Wing from Peachtree City, Georgia.

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Neuburg Open House

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Neuburg Tag der Bundeswehr 2016 - Luftwaffe Airshow
Where? Neuburg / Zell Airbase, Bavaria, Germany
When?11/06/2016

The TaktLwG74 celebrates its 55th anniversary in 2016. At the same time the German Luftwaffe is looking back at its foundation 60 years ago in 1956. Both events were a good reason to celebrate one event of the German-wide „Day of the Armed Forces“ at Neuburg airfield.

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Yak-3 D-FJAK - A Red Star over Germany

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Yak-3 D-FJAK

During the summer 2003 I have had the possibility to make a photo flight with the then only flying Jak-3 in Germany.
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