Royal Netherlands AF Open Days Volkel 2019

Volkel was host to the bi-annual Open Days of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF or Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu)). Although the quantity was less than former editions, some nice pictures could be made. Star of the show was the JSF of which two Dutch and one Italian variant could be seen.

Frisian Flag 2019

Like clockwork April is the scene of the Frisian Flag exercise being held at Leeuwarden airbase. This years edition saw the participation of a large contigent of F-16 operators. Next to the Dutch F-16’s from Volkel and Leeuwarden, Poland was present and the U.S. Air National Guard sent eight Vipers from Duluth airport in Minnesota. A change of type as previous years the mighty Eagle was present at this exercise. Next to that France sent 4 Mirage 2000D’s, Germany a bunch of Eurofighters and Switzerland sent F/A-18’s although they left the exercise early so those were not observed when GVR Aviation was present.

Gilze-Rijen spottersday 2016

Each year the Gilze-Rijen Aviation Society (GRAS) organizes a spotters day at Gilze-Rijen AB to present the spotters an opportunity to see the local action of the based Chinooks, Cougars and Apaches up close on base, in optimized circumstances. Next to the local action, the society, in close coöperation with the Royal Netherlands Air Force, tries to attract extra visitors to the airbase. The 2016 edition saw a wide variety of activity ranging from local Apaches to a French C-135FR tanker giving the spotters a spirited flyby. As part of this event a French Super Puma and Gazelle where temporary based and showed their beautiful colors to the photographers.

Phantom Phly-out Wittmund AB

The end of June 2013 will be the end for the classic F-4F Phantom II in German service. A spottersday was organized at Wittmund AB in Ost-Frisia to have a up-and-close personal view on these birds for the last time in operational service. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate.




Frisian Flag 2013

In spite of severe cutbacks within most armed forces the Frisian Flag exercise attracted a nice variety of fighters to the northenmost Dutch airbase Leeuwarden. Including 4 French Mirage F-1CR’s which are due to be phased out next year.