Five Days of Airshow Madness in Belgium Part One: Arrivals

09 Sep 2021Author: René Vink BLOG

After two years of cancelled events and pandemic lockdown WE ARE BACK!!

We’ve been trying and planning to attend several events leading up to the 42nd International Sanicole Airshow’ (ISA21), 9th ISA21 Sunset Airshow and ‘Extraordinary Tiger Meet’ (XTM) held in Belgium. To no avail, sadly, as restrictions and vaccinations were a big ongoing issue at the time. There were strong rumours that these events would be cancelled too…

Despite that we pressed on with planning a five day trip, hoping all would stay green-lit. And, well, most aspects did! Just the ‘Combined Air Operations’ (COMAO) aspect of the XTM got scrubbed and some restrictions for the attending public were laid down.

The XTM did however see most invited NATO Tiger squadron crews come over to Kleine-Brogel Airbase in the north-western part of Belgium anyway. It made us go-ahead shooting content outside the fence for two days leading up to the Sunset Airshow…

At the Fence: Leeuwarden Airbase

24 Aug 2021Author: René Vink BLOG
Weapons Instructor Training at Leeuwarden Airbase, the Netherlands.
At the fence at Leeuwarden Airbase, the Netherlands.
Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning ll.

Hoping to see some Norwegian Air Force F-35A’s in action my friends Erik, Ruud and I set out to go to Leeuwarden Airbase in the north of the Netherlands. Sadly, that goal didn’t get met but the other flying ops made up for a wonderful day out during the Weapons Instructor Training.

We even got treated to a practice display of the Dutch Hawker Hunter Foundation (DHHF) with their Hunter F.6A, two overhead passes of the ‘Medic01’ H145 aerial ambulance helicopter and a FCF of the newest RNLAF F-35A J-019. Sunny spells and a slight breeze to go with a lot of familiar faces on spotters hill made for a great day out at the fence!

Pole Position

23 Jul 2021Author: René Vink BLOG COMING SOON
Bölkow BO-105P1M helicopter at Fritzlar Airbase, Germany

When visiting Fritzlar Airbase in Germany during vacation there was no activity at the field so this was the best I got out of it.This retired Bölkow BO-105P1M is sitting proud as a gateguard just inside the base fence (I shot this out of a moving car, mind you!).