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  • Tiger Meet 2014
    as an operating base for the Berlin Airlift RAF Codename Operation Plainfare in the fall of 1948 On November 01 1948 the first transport aircraft a Handley Page Hastings C Mk 1s of RAF No 47 Squadron arrived and started flights to Berlin on November 11 No 53 Sqn and No 297 Sqn followed on later Civilian companies started using RAF Schleswigland to airlift fuel to Berlin since Schleswigland was well equipped with underground fuel lines dating from German use during the war The Lancashire Aircraft Corp started flying on November 24 1948 with specially converted Handley Page Halifax British American Air Services flying Handley Page Halton starting 25 January 1949 Westminster Airways with Handley Page Halton started on January 29 1949 and Scottish Airlines on February 19 1949 with Consolidated Liberator On October 06 1949 the last airlift flight operated out of RAF Schleswigland marking the end of Operation Plainfare During the 1950 s the 2 TTF was based at RAF Schleswigland with De Havilland Mosquito TT 35 used for target towing In 1955 King Olav V of Norway visited RAF Schleswigland as the Royal Norwegian Air Force was using the airfield for training from time to time since the end of the Second World War The Royal Air Force closed RAF Schleswigland in April 1958 and turned the southern part of the field over to German control In June 1958 the newly formed German Navy based the Marinefliegergerschwader 1 established on March 12 1957 as the Marinefliegergruppe 1 in Kiel now known as Schleswig Jagel In October 1959 Royal Air Force handed over the northern part of the airfield to the German Navy but it wasn t until November 1961 when the British left the last building at Schleswigland Schleswig Air Base is an airbase of the German

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  • La Ferte Alais 2014
    30 hours of non stop spectacle without any time out a beautiful job well done Regarding the demonstrations all very interesting one has to note the presence of the Marine Nationale with 2 Rafale 3 Super Etendard and the Morane Saulnier Paris which gave away a superb show It was also the occasion to see 100 years of evolution between the Blériot XI and the technological spearhead Rafale from the Armée de l Air The big war was however present with the Fokker DR 1 and Spad XIII Noteworthy was the mass overflight of DC 3 B 25 Beech 18 Spitfire and Mustang remembering the aerial traffic over the Channel some 70 years ago Gracefulness was also on the scene with aerobatic presentations with gliders painting the Ferté skies with their coloured smokes Warbird wise the public was spoiled with lots of T 6 Harvard Piper Cubs a Spitfire XIX two P 51D Mustang one B 25 Mitchell no less than four C 47 DC 3 and to all surprise the Grumann F 8F Bearcat of the Duxford Fighter Collection flown by Mr Stephen Grey himself Stephen Grey already ended his presentations in England and la Ferté Alais was his last one abroad Aged 76 this great man passed the legacy on to his son but will remain with the Fighter Collection as a consultant Aerobatic teams also took part The Cartouche Doré flying their TB 30 Epsilon the elegant civilian Breitling Jet Team not to forget the Breitling Wingwalkers showing a skilful mix of old planes and female charm Speaking of female charm the public could also hear and admire the Manhattan Dolls singing songs from the 40 s including the well known Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy all dressed up in period costumes bringing back to mind the Andrew

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  • Bergneustadt Flugplatzfest
    national Blue Bees US Army Mohawk and of course the machines of the Luftwaffe and Heersflieger These certainly were important moments when looking at the size of the place but all this ended on August 28th 1988 after the horrible crash at Ramstein when the German authorities decided to ban all airshows Since a few years aeronautical events keep on growing in Germany and this is also the case at Bergneustadt with their annual Flugplatzfest This year top of the bill was our own Red Devils flying four demonstrations during this weekend to great delight of the visitors SBAP has had the opportunity to follow the team all Saturday long to live a little differently their provisions viewed from the mechanics side as well as from the pilot s side All were the proud ambassadors of our Air Force be it for their professionalism or their availability signing autographs for the admirers visiting the team booth Besides this also noteworthy was the demonstration of the German Siai Marchetti SF 260 D EDUR which we can qualify as very original passes of the Junkers Ju 52 3M preserved by the Lufthansa as well as some flights of local aircraft and sailplanes In between the various presentations one could admire models flying to fill up the program of these days and offer the public some nice aeronautical moments Without forgetting the typical German mood allowing everyone to have a good time eventually a first flight and a homey meal In short a nice place to be with welcoming people and to live a fantastic day into the world of aviation What else to wish for SBAP would like to thank the organizers in general and Mr Andreas Cronrath in particular for his warmly reception and the given facilities during our stay and also the firm Otto Dachbau www otto dachbau de for their help with the pictures at altitude Some view of Bergneustadt Airshow in the 1970 1980 s Courtesy Günter Grondstein Florian Kondziela General view of Auf Dem Dümpel Airfield The aeroclub hangar with roof hanging systems The best way to safe a maximum of space The stars of the week end Security first The Firebrigade team in stand by Early the Saturday morning The day begin with the breakfast Time to prepare the planes Didier Serge Rob Danny Steve Time to sign the form s Are you sure The technical team Didier Rob Serge Danny Steve Is it clear Preparing the matierial for the fan s Some morning activities Robin DR 400 Extra 330LT The glass cockpit amazingly clear Another SF 260 but with Belgian colours Super Diamona TC 80 Mainz Finthen Autogyro Local gliders Duo Discus D 2114 Twin Astir II D 3322 ASK 21 D 5491 Agusta Bell AB 206B Jet Ranger III Sopwith Camel Simply splendid Sbach 242 acroteam 7 models on same time FK 9 ELA Another Robin DR 400 but with special 4 bades screw Reims Cessna FR182 Christen A 1 Husky DG 1000S glider

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  • KLU Air Force Days
    III from the Austrian Armed Forces a rare sight The show went on with one of the highlights in relation with the air support the power demonstration The scenery brought us back to a comparable conflict as there were in Kosovo The aim was to capture a war criminal to bring him before an international court to be judged for his crimes First we had the F 16AM cleaning the zone followed by the arrival of the AH 64D Apache securing it The first troops were then flown in by CH 47D and Cougar the remainder being by a C 130H and a pair of CH 47D and Cougar with the necessary vehicles Suddenly a suspicious civil car is spotted and intercepted the war criminal is arrested As this kind of operations does not go without casualties the wounded men are evacuated by Chinook The situation eases off and the mission is successfully terminated with all the participating aircraft making a formation fly by overhead the airbase One has also to emphasize that air support not necessary means offensive operations but can also be used to help necessitating populations A simple fire safety demonstration by a CH 47D and Cougar equipped with Bambi buckets concluded the power demo After a little break and the arrival of the Red Arrows the air show resumed with solo displays historical flights and aerobatic teams Dutch F 16AM and AH 64D with a rain of flares the Czech Air Force L 159 the Slovakian Mig 29 the Greek Air Force F 16C On the historical side we had the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight the Spitfire Mk IX and B 25J of the KLU Historical Flight The Spanish Air Force was present with its Patrula ASPA flying the Colibri EC 120 and the grand finale with the Red Arrows celebrating their 50 th demo season with their Hawks wearing a special paint on the vertical fins emphasizing this anniversary Let us go back to the uncertain meteorological conditions on Friday Grey clouds interspersed with some shy rays of sunshine It was during such a threatening sky that our solo display gave his demonstration and I have to say that despite the threatening skies our Grat benefited from a few residual sunrays and in combination with the blackening clouds gave the opportunity to shoot some original pictures I leave it to you After this little tour we already took appointment for 2016 when the first F 35 of the KLU is due to arrive wait and see The SBAP team would like to thank the organizers and Major C Bakker in particular for our accreditation and access to the press podium which allowed us to reliably and easily fulfill our coverage Fokker Four team Fokker S 11 Instructor North American P 51D Mustang Heerflieger Messerschmitt Blohm Bolköw Bo 105P1 Solo display Consolidated PBY Catalina Koninklijke Luchtmacht Bluebirds team Aerospatiale Alouette III Created for the 50 years of service in the KLU The special 50 years

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  • Lens Airshow 2014
    team was contacted by the organizers to carry out the Belgian part of the program and we have to admit that through the collaboration with Mr Christophe Langlain we have had the opportunity to offer quite some nice pages in the Belgian part of the booklet We are grateful for the confidence the Lens team put in SBAP providing us with much pleasure to realise these pages But let s go back to the show providing the public a mix of older aircraft and modern jets from the basic aerobatics with historical planes to high performance planes masterly flown by the French Armée de l Air aerobatic team or by the French champion Pascale Alajouanine In short a real delight for our eyes As we said the French Belgian friendship is not a hollow word proven by the presence of the Belgian F 16 display the Bronco team from Tony De Bruyn the Piper L 18C from the RBDA flown by Jean Claude Kaisin and many other aircraft from our country The only dark spot for us and the organisers was the absence of the Red Devils and the A109 team which surely could have emphasized even more this immeasurable friendship Saturday was reserved for the rehearsals and in the evening they organised a sunset airshow where some of the participants flew their routine in the setting sun and even nightfall This concept always offers pictures with an unbelievable beauty of colours On Sunday under a summer sun the public came to admire all these flying machines and the organizers counted some 70 000 visitors Rather than giving you a exhaustive list of the flown demonstrations we invite you to browse our 3 photographic reports the jets of the Armée de l Air the Marine Nationale and the Belgian Air

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  • Duxford D-Day airshow
    Allied squadrons of the Royal Air Force s 2nd Tactical Air Force ML407 flew a total of 176 operational combat sorties amassing an impressive 319 combat hours The aircraft was delivered to No 485 New Zealand Squadron on 29 April 1944 by Jackie Moggridge one of the foremost female pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary ATA It became the mount of Flying Officer Johnnie Houlton DFC who was credited whilst flying ML407 with the first enemy aircraft shot down over the Normandy beach head on D Day Johnnie recounted In mid afternoon I led Blue Section during the third patrol of the day I glimpsed a Ju88 above cloud diving away fast to the south Climbing at full throttle I saw the enemy aircraft enter a large isolated cloud above the main layer and when it reappeared on the other side I was closing in rapidly I positioned the aiming dot on the right hand engine of the enemy aircraft and fired a three second burst The engine disintegrated fire broke out two crew members bailed out and the aircraft dived steeply to crash on a roadway blowing apart on impact As I turned back towards the beach head I sighted a second Ju88 heading south and made an almost identical attack which stopped the right hand engine This aircraft then went into a steep junking dive with the rear gunner firing at the other members of my section who all attacked until the Ju88 flattened out and crash landed at high speed One of its propellers broke free to spin and bound far away across the fields and hedges like a giant Catherine wheel As we reached the beach head radio chatter indicated that other pilots were dealing with another German bomber Supreme Headquarters nominated the first Ju88 I had destroyed as the first enemy aircraft to be shot down since the invasion began putting 485 NZ Spitfire Squadron at the top of the scoreboard for D Day The National Warplane Museum of Geneseo New York sends its flagship Douglas C 47 Skytrain across the Atlantic on a pilgrimage to mark the 70th anniversary of D Day Affectionately known as Whiskey 7 from its distinctive squadron markings it served with the 12th Air Force in the Mediterranean during 1943 before transferring to the UK In the early hours of D Day itself it was the lead ship of the 37th Troop Carrier Squadron dropping paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division near St Mère Église Tradewind Aviation s C 47 Skytrain is another visitor from the USA On D Day it was based at RAF Aldermaston in Berkshire with the 73rd Squadron of the 434th Troop Carrier Group from where it towed a Waco glider into the Normandy battle zone Now known as the Union Jack Dak having been returned to flying condition in 2010 by a team from Britain it also saw action at Arnhem and during the Battle of the Bulge Dakota Heritage s C 47 Skytrain Drag

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  • Bruntingthorpes Cold War Jets
    satellite But back to the open day Before the start of the taxi runs it was possible to walk in between the airplanes take a look at the cockpits or have a chat with the crews who maintain these gems The Canberra and the line of Buccaneers attracted a lot of attention So did the two Lightnings in an original Q shed armed and ready to challenge any intruder of the Crown s airspace Dassault MD 454 Mystère IVA has an interesting history being destined for the Israeli Air Force For some reason this airframe remained in France The Starfighter is an ex Luftwaffe example of JaBoG 34 which was based at Memmingen Also notice the Tristar tanker in the background Making itself very noticeable is he Super Guppy a large wide bodied cargo aircraft based on the Boeing C 97J Turbo Stratocruiser Sea Vixen XJ494 was used as a trials aircraft and has an undernose camera mounting and a cable running down the port boom leading to what may be a transponder or beacon fairing on the tailfin She took part in Red Beard and Martel missile trials It is intended to put back live in this BAe Sea Harrier F A2 and make fast taxi runs And we finish this short walk through the static with a Seaking HC 4 of the Royal Navy The honor to open the show fell upon the Jet Provost Developed from the piston engined Percival Provost the Jet Provost made it first flight exactly 60 years ago 26 June 1954 at Luton Six examples taxied in front of the public including T3 T4 and T5 versions Many of these airframes have varied careers behind them XN637 for instance was originally destined for firefighting practice after being struck of charge in 1973 The jet moved instead to Winterbourne Gunner where it became part of the Nuclear Bacteriological and Chemical Defence Centre fleet of instructional airframes XW324 coming in for the landing was part of the 1973 Gemini Pair aerobatic team of the No 3FTS at RAF Leeming Next to produce some jet sound was Canberra WT333 She was built by English Electric as a B I 8 variant with offset fighter style cockpit canopy in 1956 and never saw active RAF service WT333 underwent various trials installations for the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough including a Smiths Mk 19 autopilot and power rudder stabiliser and she performed functional and flight trials of the Low Altitude Bombing System WT333 departed on 24 May 1966 for operations from Woomera Australia On 24 February 1972 Treble Three returned to Pershore for further development work and she was fitted with the cockpit of a Canberra B 2 before being withdrawn in September 1993 The ex Romanian air force L 29 Delfin trainer provided a glimpse of the Cold War s other side Unfortunately Hawker Hunter XL565 the third production T7 experienced problems during start up Buccaneers XW544 and XX900 both S 2B variants had an active RAF

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  • 3... 2... 1... GO!
    As soon as the decision was known pictures of the A321 were all over the net showing the temporary Irish registration or with a Belgian flag on the tail sometimes even the wrong way around The aircraft with construction n c n 1004 was build in 1999 and is a A321 231 and flew its test flights registered as D AVZI It was delivered to the Aero Lloyd company D ALAK on April 23 1999 Aero Lloyd transferred the aircraft to International Lease Finance Corporation ILFC on October 10 2003 Thereafter D ALAK moved to the Turkish company Onur Air on April 20 2004 to become registered as TC AOL The aircraft was in service until November 2013 and then returned to ILFC Before integrating the Hi Fly fleet to be leased to Belgium registration EI FDP was applied for the test flights following a major overhaul in November 2013 with the installation of completely revised International Aero Engines V2533 A5 On March 14 2014 A321 c n 1004 was registered CS TRJ and delivered to Belgium some days later and hangared to finalise the fitting out The Belgian Air Force A321 made a first test flight on April 07 2014 a return trip from Brussels EBMB to Bordeaux LFBD with the call signs BAF631 BAF632 April 10 2014 saw a full charge test flight with passengers and cargo After the flight the aircraft returned to the hangar to be fitted out with an auxiliary central fuel tank and a cargo loading system The addition of this auxiliary tank increases the range but penalizes the load capacity Unlike the A330 the A321 sports a uniform grey paint scheme This colour was chosen as the colour for tactical air transport and to allow the A321 to be integrated into the fleet of the member countries of the EATC A much controverter item was the presence of the Belgian flag on the vertical tail They were applied and then removed From our information sources it could be a problem of international rights stating that an aircraft registered in Portugal can not wear the flag of another country Strange when we think of the colour scheme of the A330 Nevertheless the Belgian flags were present on the tail during the official presentation on May 20 2014 To conclude Lt Col Avi De Winter commented on some technical figures of the A321 and confirming the first operational mission to Mali on May 15 2014 9 pilots 7 A330 and 2 C 130 are already qualified on the A321 as is all cabin personnel of the 21 Sqn Following the acceptation and official presentation the circle has now been completed and the aircraft can be fully integrated in the Air Force fleet after fitting of the cargo loading system at the disposal of EATC Final requirements specifications 13AP 002 Service contract AMI Aircraft Maintenance Insurance for 1 500 flight hours with a committed minimum of 1 250 flight hours One dedicated aircraft Airbus A321 or

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