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
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!).

Over the Iron Curtain

23 Jul 2021Author: René Vink BLOG
Old helicopters at Grenzmuseum Schifflersgrund, Germany
The Iron Curtain at Grenzmuseum Schifflersgrund, Germany.
Former Russian helicopters at Grenzmuseum Schifflersgrund, Germany.

On holiday in Germany Birdman99 Manager Dennis de Vries and I visited Grenzmuseum ‘Schiffelersgrund’ to check out how it was a few decades ago at the border between two opposing ideologies during the Cold War. And of course a few flying machines as part of the exhibitions.

We also hiked along the mile-long stretch of original border fence that ends up with a rebuild watch tower. A very impressive museum of an intriguing but dark part of human history.