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.

Eindhoven / Market Garden spottersday

Every year the Market Garden operation which was set to liberate Holland during the 2nd World War in 1944 is remembered with a para-drop from several classic and new military cargoplanes. Eindhoven airbase was the temporary homebase for these planes. Thanks to the Gilze-Rijen Aviation Society GVR Aviation was able to photograph the particapting planes on the Eindhoven tarmac.


Gilze-Rijen spottersday 2012

The Gilze-Rijen Aviation Society is a very active spotting group which organizes a spottersday each year. Due to its good relation with the Dutch airforce (KLu) and other airforces it is able to attract a multitude of interesting visitors to this airbase. All photo’s were made under excellent conditions at the eastern end of the runway the 29th of August 2012.