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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.

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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.

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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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 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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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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 Where? Karup - Denmark
When? 19/06/2005

Surely everybody knows the feeling when he is heading enthusiastically to an airshow hundreds of miles away to find out that the airfield is covered by a low layer of dark gray clouds combined with drizzling rain. Exactly that was the case for this year's airshow of the Danish Air Force at Karup Airbase.

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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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 Where? Wunstorf - Germany
When? 18-19/06/2005

The fact that military airshows are not yet fully reestablished within the German Air Force was fully proven during this year's Open Doors Day at Wunstorf AFB near Hanover. The show, being part of the festivities to celebrate 50 years of the Bundeswehr, was celebrated as a "Tag des Lufttransports". Due to this fact only two fighters in form of a German Tornado and Phantom were present on the ramp at Wunstorf and no jet displays were presented during the two short aerial displays in the morning and in the afternoon.

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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.

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 Where? NAS Eggebek - Germany
When? 18/06/2005

Farewell Eggebek!
Another chapter in the history of the German naval aviation was concluded on June, 18th 2005. This was the day of the last landing of a Marineflieger Tornado at NAS Eggebek due to the retirement of the jet fleet of the German Navy. In combination with this event and the fly-out ceremonies a family day was held on a remarkably sunny and hot day in the north of Germany.

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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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 Airpower05 ZeltwegWhere? Zeltweg - Austria
When? 24-25/06/2005

Every second year the Airpower show is an highly attend event not only in the airshow calendar of the enthusiats but also amongst everyone in Austria how is keen on attending a nice and eventfull day out.
The whole show is sponsored by Red Bull, which reflects of course in the offered drinks and throughout the commentray the whole day long, but the entrance is free as well and you get 10h of non-stop flying activities.

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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? Lugano - Switzerland
When? 16/07/2005

And I did it again... Somehow I have to go at least once a year to Switzerland for one of their either very well or very scenic airshows. This time I went to the very south of Switzerland, only some more kilometers and I would have been in Italy. In the very scenic Ticino is Lugano located, on the board of a beautiful lake.

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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.

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 Where? Paris/Le Bourget - France
When? 13-19/06/2005

1926 exhibitors from 41 countries, 238 aircraft, 480.000 visitors in 7 days,among them 223.000 professionals and 257.000 spectators...
These numbers already make clear that this year's Paris Air Show has been a massive success. Pushed, of course, by the presence of the Airbus A380 at its first public appearance, the show attracted loads of visitors. Everybody wanted to see the "A trois cent quatre-vingt", and they were not disappointed as it flew daily.

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