A Month of Aviation in October

October, A Month Aviation

Why a whole month of aviation?
I mentioned in my previous post about Wings of Freedom that I did not post anything about my visit to the Air Force Days Dutch Airforce and that the Sanicole Airshow is coming up.

October, Month of Aviation
Saab JAS 39C – Airforce Days at Volkel
The events

I did visit 7 events this year.

  • Farewell Seaking
  • Frisian Flag 2019
  • KLU Historical Flight
  • A visit to the 301 Squadron
  • Airforce Days at Volkel
  • Wings of Freedom
  • Sanicole Airshow

I made a load of photos and after a selection, I still have to choose from about 1100 photos. Do I keep or delete them? Eventually, I can not choose!!
Because every day more photos, not only aviation photo’s, are added to the collection it is difficult to choose.
Above all, no, it’s not stressful!! It’s a hobby, still.

A few of the many

So, October is the month in which I’ll post one photo of a (former) military plane each day.
However, there a lot more beautiful photos which I might post in the coming months. Indeed, A Month of Aviation.

See the next couple of photos to get an impression.

Farewell Seaking
Eurofighter – Frisian Flag 2019
KLu Historial Flight
October, Month of Aviation
DHC1 Chipmunk- Wings of Freedom

Thus a month of Aviation….
I have to say, in my opinion, there are quite some awsome photos coming up.

What’s next?

For now, I don’t have any real plans made yet.

For this reason, I was thinking about doing some experiments with self-made tools to get some creative photo’s.
Even though I do make a lot of B&W photos already, it might be a nice project to do some (B&W) photography with my FX-35mm F2 R WR lens only.

Instead of doing nothing I’ll use my cameras anyway, everywhere.

O, and there is one project starting anyways! Ever heard of Photomyne?
Photomyne is an app with which you can scan old photos with your phone. Actually you take photo’s of your old prints and you store them in an online account and your phone.

From your phone, you can download to your computer as well. In this case, you can add them to a library and process them with Capture One, Lightroom or another photo-edit programme.

Anything else?

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

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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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

Enjoy!!

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Frisian Flag 2019

Frisian Flag

Frisian Flag 2019 is coming up and therefore it is time again to prepare the hearing protection and the camera !!

Exactly like in 2018, another major exercise is being organized at the Leeuwarden Airbase.
Speaking about this, have a look at my album page for pictures of this last year major event.

Leeuwarden Air Base

Leeuwarden Airbase is hosting the major Frisian Flag 2019 international exercise. Actually from Monday, April 1 through Friday till April 12, if you like to visit the Airbase.
Accordingly, 50 (hunting) aircraft, approximately, train extensive and complex international missions from the air base.

Additionally to the F-16s of the Dutch Air Force, the coalition partners Germany, France, Great Britain, Poland, Switzerland are participating.
By the way, the United States of America is also participating in Frisian Flag 2019

Frisian Flag 2019, F16
Frisian Flag 2019
Aircraft coming to Leeuwarden Air Base
Germany EF-2000 Eurofighter (8x)
France M-2000D Dassault Mirage (4x)
UK Cobham DA-20 (1x)
The Netherlands F-16 Fighting Falcon (16x)
Poland F-16 Fighting Falcon (8x)
US F-16 Fighting Falcon (8x)
Switzerland F-18 Hornet (4x)

Do you want even more information about the Frisian Flag 2019, then check the site of our Ministry of Defence over here (Dutch version) The link of this specific happening will be removed after a few weeks when it is finished?

You can have a look at LVNNL site as well.

Anything else?

When there are any other activities I’ll post it here as soon as possible. On the mainpage, you’ll find an event calendar. Here I’ll give relevant updates.

However, you can follow me on social media or keep an eye on my portfolio

Enjoy!!

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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!!

Please read my “Privacy Policy” here.

Airshow by Leaseweb Texel

Leaseweb Texel Airshow

It’s summer holiday. 6 weeks of time where kids don’t have to do anything… Well, just having a holiday. That’s all.
But it’s also time to do things which have never done before. What about an Airshow?

Besides all the birdy friends, dogs, puppies and anything else, I’m a great aviation fan and try to visit airbases as much as possible.
Someday my 8-year old son mentioned, after showing him some pictures of recent airbase visits, he wished he was there with me.
What a chance he had on his first day together with his dad, during this holiday. An airshow was planned on August 4th, just an hour and a half away!!

Trusty Rusty, Airshow
Trusty Rusty

Did you ever hear the sound of a P51 Mustang? (turn up your sound)

The preparations

The event tickets, the overnight stay and the boat crossing were arranged easily.
Airshows can be very noisy, so some ear protection was required for the little guy as well.

After the show, the plan was to visit my parents up north so Yaz was with us as well. But having Yaz with us all day, would not be a good idea so we arranged a nice place to stay, close to the airport.

Airbus A400M, Airshow
Airbus A400M
The show

After a good night sleep, eventually, we went to the airport and o dear……
Shops!!! However, it required some pushing not to by them all empty.
Quickly to the airstrip and wait for the show to start.

I mean, it was great to see all the shows. Unfortunately, some show had to quit early or didn’t start all due to (weather) circumstances. But did we see some good stuff!

Truck Top Landing, Airshow
Truck Top Landing
KDC 10 with F-16 support, Airshow
KDC 10 with F-16 support
MIL MI-24, Airshow
MIL MI-24
What’s next?

In short, with regard to an airshow, the next one is already planned.  The Belgian Air Force Day.
A real air force base is very exciting of course and therefore the little guy is looking forward to it already.

Happy little guy, Airshow
Happy little guy. Everything worth it

Keep an eye on my portfolio

This series will follow soon in an album.

Enjoy!!

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SteenokkerZeel – Airport Brussel

SteenokkerZeel – Airport Brussel

During the visit at Steenokkerzeel – Airport Brussell, the final approach of a plane in a Red Devils colour scheme, of the Brussel Airlines.
Together with my friend, we stayed there for an hour or so. Just watching commercial airliners come in for the landing.

Red Devils
Steenokkerzeel - Airport Brussel
Red Devils

O and did you see the last post too?
That post was also about SteenokkerZeel – Airport Brussel and there are other flying thingies as well.

What’s next?

Still to figure out a lot.
The SNAP auto poster is still a pain. It works but I need to get the different account set up correctly.

If you like to check out SNAP as a plugin on your site, take a look over here.
I have a lot of fun with it.

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.
Keep an eye out on this site because more will follow soon 😉

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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Frisian Flag 2018, Large Scale Military Exercise.

From Sunday 8 April to Friday 20 April, Leeuwarden Air Base hosted the large-scale international exercise Frisian Flag 2018.

I had the opportunity to visit this major event in the north of our beautiful country on April 16th. An early start that morning and on my way to the spotter’s hill close to runway 05.
After parking my car it didn’t take long before the first wave took off.

Cobham DA-20, UK, Frisian Flag 2018
Cobham DA-20, UK

Except for the Polish MIG-29 Fulcrum’s (2x) all countries took off, returning within an hour and a half.
After all, planes were back and safely landed we had a break for about an hour or so before the second wave started.

F-15 Eagle, USA, Frisian Flag 2018
F-15 Eagle, USA

Well, at the end of the day the total clicks of my camera were up with a bit more than 3200 photos taken. (o my god… )
Anyway, I had a great day and it felt good to be back close to the base again.

For a first impression of the photos, have a look at my Portfolio under Aviation_Military.
I’ll add more soon after I have sorted them all… (which is still a lot)

Enjoy!!