Sanicole Airshow

Sanicole Airshow

After the Frisian Flag 2019 and the Dutch Airforce Days, there is another great event to visit. This time in Belgium.

Aeroclub Sanicole and the Belgian Air Force organize an annual air show, called the International Sanicole Airshow. It is even the only annual Belgian civil aviation show, an there for a very special one. Therefore people from home and abroad come to Hechtel-Eksel airport.

The airshow has become a renowned event that offers plenty of spectacle for everyone.

NF5, Sanicole Airshow

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  • First the announcement of the participants.
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Air Force Days Dutch Airforce

Air Force Days Dutch Airforce

Another Dutch event after the Frisian Flag, held at the Leeuwarden Air Base, is the Air Force Days of the Dutch Airforce.

In 2019 the Air Force Days will be on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June at Volkel Air Base.
During these days you will see demonstrations with Dutch and foreign aircraft. Also, a static show with aircraft on the ground will be there.

As always, the event is free for young and old.
The theme of these Air Force Days is “We are the Air Force”.

Air Force Days , Vliegtuigspotters fotograferen een F-16 in de lucht
Air Force Days Dutch Airforce


Frisian Flag 2019

Frisian Flag 2019

From 1 to 12 April 2019, another Frisian Flag training will be held at Leeuwarden Air Base. Participants will fly twice a day.

Cobham DA-20, UK, Frisian Flag 2018
Cobham DA-20
Purpose of the Frisian Flag exercise.
The purpose of the Frisian Flag is to train pilots on cooperation. These kinds of international exercises make it possible for pilots and soldiers to act together in, among other things, difficult situations. Pilots in areas such as Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq were often confronted with a large coalition of power; exercises such as Frisian Flag are essential to be able to perform the procedures as well as possible.
For more information please visit the sit of the LvnLL
On this site, you’ll find information on the time schedule, parking, safety issues etc. The site is in the Dutch language.
Another interesting event is the Sanicole Airshow in September


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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

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


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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)