AH-64D Apache helicopter

AH-64D Apache

During the visit to the Redskins 301sq, at the Gilze Rijen air force base, home of the Dutch AH-64D Apache helicopters, there was a very pleasant surprise at the end of the day.
A real demo flight of an AH-64D Apache.

Model helicopter

One of the employees did spend hours and hours of building a model of the AH-64D Apache helicopter.
The result is amazing. Honestly…..
Have a look at the two pictures down below.

AH-64D Apache helicopter
AH-64D Apache
AH-64D Apache helicopter
AH-64D Apache
Gilze Rijen air force base

Visiting the Gilze Rijen air force base is party time for me.
Last few years I did visit the air force base Gilze Rijen quite often. Last year, during the APROC 2018, was one of them.

I just love the AH-64D Apache. The sound, the machine itself, just everything. During these visits, I’m able to see the  AH-64D Apache helicopter closeby and it makes me happy.
When I have the opportunity again I will not say no to another visit.

What’s next?

I have some nice events coming up which, some of them, I already mentioned them in a previous post.

  • Next week Thursday I’ll visit the air force base Volkel.
  • 24th of August there is the Airshow Wings of Freedom. Tickets have been ordered for me and my girlfriend Sylvia.
  • In September I’ll visit the Sanicole Airshow. Tickets have been ordered for me and my girlfriend Sylvia.
  • In October, this year, I’ll have another amazing workshop shoot with Claudio Picolli. I’m really looking forward to that one as well.
Anything else?

I’ll try to post any activities as soon as possible.
However, you can follow me on social media or keep an eye on my portfolio

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APROC 2018 Album

APROC 2018 Album!
Boeing CH-47 Chinook, APROC 2018 Album
Boeing CH-47 Chinook

The APROC 2018 Album is live.

In the post, of 2018/06/09, I mentioned that 2018 was the year that the Royal Netherlands Air Force hosted the exercise APROC 2018.

I needed quite some time to get the pictures sorted out and accordingly published on my site. Finally, it’s here. However, there are more photos which I’ll add later to the APROC 2018 Album.

APROC 2018 Album
Swedish Black Hawk

A military show or exercise like the APROC is a little different than an airshow like the Airshow by LeaseWeb Texel.

Different countries, several types of helicopters. An amazing organisation at work to get this done.
This was the real hardcore stuff.

What’s next?

I had another shoot with lovely puppies last week. I’ll post an album of these little creatures soon accordingly.

With regard to planes and helicopters, the next journey is already planned.  The Belgian Air Force Day. Next Saturday I’ll be heading for Belgium.

Keep an eye on my portfolio

Anything else?

Yes, I’ll upload some new photo’s to the albums and portfolio in the next couple of weeks. When I find the time

You can also follow me on social media as I have already or will post pictures on a daily base.

In case something comes up I’ll let you know with an update post.

Have a nice day!!

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APROC 2018: That others may live!

APROC 2018
That others may live!

2018 is the year that the Royal Netherlands Air Force hosted the exercise APROC 2018.
Therefore 30 aircraft from 7 different countries involved, settled in at air force base Gilse Rijen, from May 23 to June 6.

AS555AN, APROC 2018
AS555AN, French Air Force
APROC

APROC stands for Air Centric Personal Recovery Operative Course.

The course is organized, each year, by a different host.
In this course, the main target is to rescue personnel that is in distress, in a hostile environment or much as enemy territory.

Different techniques for surviving and evading from possible hostile environments are being used.
Participants will face realistic conditions and circumstances.

At the EPRC website, (European Personnel Recovery Center) more information can be found on why, how and what.

Euro Fighter 2000, APROC 2018
Euro Fighter 2000, Italian Air Force
Course Objective

The aim of this APROC 2018 course is to teach aircrew and extraction forces to work together. The focus of the course is especially in planning and executing recovery missions and using standardized procedures, terminology, and formats.

The trainees will learn how to plan and conduct complex Personal Recovery missions and therefore the focus will be primarily on processes and procedures.

The trainees will plan several tactical missions with increasing difficulties.
As a result, the trainees will experience a steady learning curve.
Therefore various threats will be simulated in order to create these required scenarios.

Aircraft involved

The aircraft involved in the APROC 2018 exercise for this year were:

2x AS555AN, French Air Force
1x NH90-TTH, French Army
1x EA-550A, Italian Air Force
3x F-2000 Typhoon, Italian Air Force
1x HH-101A, Italian Air Force
1x EH-101A, Italian Navy
2x Mi-24V, Polish Army
2x Puma HC2, Royal Air Force
3x Merlin HC4, Royal Navy
4x AH-64D, Royal Netherlands Air Force
1x AS532U, Royal Netherlands Air Force
2x CH-47D/F, Royal Netherlands Air Force
1x Hkp16A (S-70), Swedish Air Force
2x AS332B, Spanish Air Force
2x F-16AM, Royal Netherlands Air Force (Operating from Volkel, NL)
1x E-3F, French Air Force (Operating from Avord, FR)
1x E-3A, NATO (Operating from Geilenkirchen, DE)

The helicopters were operating from Gilze Rijen Airforce Base in The Netherlands.
The Italian Air Force was participating with 2x Gulfstream G550, Conformal Airborne Early Warning (CAEW). The Gulfstreams were operating from Gilze Rijen Airforce base as well.

You can take a look at my Portfolio for a small photo selection of this event. Certainly, I’ll add more photo’s soon in an album in due time.

Enjoy!!