After the 2011 edition of this exercise was cancelled due to commitments in Lybia, Leeuwarden AB in the Dutch province of Friesland was again scene to the Frisian Flag exercise which analogous to the US Red Flag exercise plays host to 50 fighters and support aircraft. Although fewer in numbers as Leeuwarden simply doesn’t have the tarmac to host more participants, it serves the same goal, namely to enable airforces to train and fight in a realistic environment.
Nicely tucked in between the rolling hills of the German Eiffel lies Spangdahlem Airbase. This years Open House saw a classic lineup of U.S. fighter force with the A-10C as shining center of attention.
During a 3-week vacation an afternoon was spent in the 21L en 21R approach of Nellis AFB near Las Vegas to get a glimpse of the action. A variety of USAF and USMC hardware could be seen.
2011 was the 50th anniversary of the NATO Tiger Meet. Cambrai France was the place to be during two weeks in May and despite the current operations in Lybia which put a strain on some members, there was still quite a lot to see. Big setback was the weather, grey on grey all day with only the oocasional tiger tail to spice up things a bit..
|Volkel AB was the venue for the 2010 edition of the famous Tigermeet. GVR Aviation attended the spottersday on the 13th of October which saw a morning- and afternoon mission take the sky.|
RNAS Yeovilton is home to a large fleet of Sea King and Lynx helcopters of the Royal Navy. This years Air Day was highlighted by a very dynamic role demonstration of the Royal Marines supported by Sea King and Lynx helicopters.
East Anglia used to be the center of gravity for a lot US in England, but now only two airbases are left RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath. The Bucc and Herc are taken at RAF Honington (guarding the gate) and RAF Brize Norton. The latter was visited on our way to RNAS Yeovilton.
RAF Coningsby is home of the RAF Typhoon fleet. It houses no less than four operational squadrons so plenty of flying was going on.
Day 2 (Monday 5th of July) saw the departure of most participants of the airshow. In a steady flow aircraft took the air. Meanwhile three Turkish Transalls came in to help gather the Turkish Stars stuff.
Waddington is home to the RAF’s ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance) assets (flying and non-flying) and hosts an airshow each year. GVR Aviation was there and witnessed many highlights like the Vulcan, Turkish Stars and the Italian static F-16’s in their splendid colorschemes.