2019 Sanicole Airshow was awesome

Sanicole Airshow

Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium was the place where the 2019 Sanicole Airshow did take place this year. I did tell something about it in the previous post of September 30 this year and in my Events.

Ok, another whole month with aviation stuff in November.
Sanicole Airshow only this time.

2019 Sanicole Airshow

What a beautiful day it was.
Sun high in the sky, good ambience, my girlfriend beside me, we had our food and drinks and an amazing show.

This time the B-17 Sally B was there as well.
Due to technical problems, she was not able to visit the Wings of Freedom air show which we’d visit on August 24 this year.

Also a guest I only did see on the television.
An amazing USAF, CV-22 Osprey……

2019 Sanicole Airshow
CV-22 Osprey

This day, for me, was total awesomeness for sure.

What’s next?

I still have real plans made yet.
All the pictures of this 2019 Sanicole Airshow still need be finalized.

The Sanicole Airshow, for next year, is on the list though!

In the previous post I mentioned, I was thinking about doing some experiments with self-made tools to get some creative photo’s.
I also mentioned my FX-35mm F2 R WR lens for B&W but in the meantime, I have my Fuji XT30 back, which I used for B&W before.

And digitalizing my analogue pictures is still ready to start. Only the weather is still too good for this.

I don’t know yet what I will do. Just hang in there, wait and see 😉

Anything else?

I still need to upload some new photo’s to the albums and portfolio. I hope to do this in the next couple of weeks.

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

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

Have a nice day!!

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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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Obviously, as an Event Insider, you’ll get the following accordingly:

  • First the announcement of the participants.
  • The timing of the airshow flying display.
  • Discount on the purchase of your tickets.

You can become an Event Insider if you subscribe to the site of Sanicole


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Wings of Freedom, 75 years later

Wings of Freedom

I’d visit, together with my girlfriend, the amazing airshow “Wings of Freedom” in Ede, with which 75 years of freedom was celebrated.

Wings of Freedom
Wings of Freedom
The history of our Freedom today

June 6, 1944, Operation Overlord, the code name of the Western allies started to finally liberate Western Europe. After the start of this operation, several temporary airports were built at various locations.
This proved to be very effective and was a major contribution to the liberation of the occupied countries.

I posted, June 6 of this year, about my visit to Airforce base Gilze Rijen, home of the 301 Redskin squadron with their AH-64D Apache helicopters.
Part of the Dutch Royal Airforce and one of the symbols of our freedom, as we know it nowadays.

Freedom, a right, most of us take for granted, not realizing how it was obtained 75 years ago during the horrible World War-II and after that.

The Event “Wings of Freedom”

I did not know what to expect from this event, of course, and it turned out to be a major surprise.

The organisation did build a real airstrip including a traffic control tower!!
For the spectators, a large field was available including all kind of stalls where refreshments and food were available. A lot of people came to see this event.
Accordingly, I heard them calling +30.000 spectators were on the field.

Wings of Freedom
Wings of Freedom

We arrived 09.30 hours, together with my girlfriend, and walked around for a while before the real show started. For my sweetheart, it was the first time she’d visit such an event.

At 12.15pm the event started with the necessary formalities.
Accordingly, the real air show started.

I’ve seen planes, which flew in the WW-II period, I never saw before!
Like the Lysander V9312

Wings of Freedom
Wings of Freedom – Lysander V9312

Of course, there was a lot more to see and I will post more planes, on my social media, who were active in that crazy period, 75 years ago.
The period we must never forget and remember them who said.

“When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today.”

Wings of Freedom definitely did remember them.

Wings of Freedom
Wings of Freedom – Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX – KLuHV
What’s next?

I have one nice event coming up for this month. There are, for now, no more events planned

  • The Sanicole Airshow. I obtained the tickets already for me and my girlfriend Sylvia. So, I look forward to this amazing day as there will be some very nice fighter planes to see.
Anything else?

While I did not tell you about the Air Force Days Dutch Airforce yet. So I’ll try to post something about that event as soon as possible.
So keep an eye out for any updates.

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

Have a nice day!!

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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 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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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)