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ELITE 2010

Where? Southern Germany
When? 06-07/2010

With the turn to a biennial event it was this time once again the turn to visit the famous 'Spotters Day' at Lagerlechfeld Airbase as well as to hunt some low flying aircraft at the Heuberg training area.

In contrast to previous year's the Luftwaffe did organize a Spotter's Day also at the Heuberg range. To respect the security rules at the site unfortunately only a very limited area has been accessible, but that is no wonder with flares falling down in certain places and electromagnetic radion in other areas. This goes in hand with a lot of luck and the kind of missions that are flown this day if the jets and helicopters come in low and do some actions that will also please the photographer. Sometimes you thus can lucky, and on other days you might just hang around with nothing really going on...
During my visit I had the chance to see some CH-53G(S) getting in low and releasing a lot of flares, and did get furthermore to see a nice show of two Swiss Cougar helicopters.

The jets were most of the time quite high, though a Turkish F-4E "Terminator 2020" did some nice flying above our heads. Germany ECR Tornados were once again the stars of the day, though they only did release some chaff and did not show any flares, which was also the case for the German C-160s. From time to time a Polish CASA295 did pop out some countermeasures, but usually far in the distance.

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Meiringen Swiss Air Force WK 2017
Where? Meiringen, Switzerland
When? March 2017

Alpine Base Meiringen offers a gorgeous setting The airfield is nestled in a small valley in central Switzerland in the canton of Bern. Surrounded by mountains that partly rise up vertically for several hundred meters it is challenging flying terrain, but provides plenty of photo opportunities. Meiringen is the home of the Swiss Air Force's Fliegerstaffel 11 "Tigers", one of Switzerland three F/A-18 Hornet Squadrons, and is also home to the militia Squadron 8 "Destructors" ("Vandalos"), flying the F-5E Tiger II.

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SIAF 2011 at Sliac

Where? Sliac Airport, Slovakia
When? 27-28/08/2011

After the SIAD and the NLD it was this year that Slovakia's big international airshow came to light as the SIAF. Whereas in recent years the big yearly Slovak Airshow NLD has been held in Slovakia's Western part as Bratislava or Piestany, SIAF chose the Slovak MiG-29 home base Sliac in the Tatra region as the new location – and this was more than one good reason to come back.
Situated in a valley of the Tatra mountain region, Sliac is about a 2h drive from the capital Bratislava, with several picturesque cities nearby that make it easy to spent some nice evenings after the long and exhausting show days.

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The CAF high above Texas

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CAF Mustang B-25 Zero air-air

Where? Midland, Texas - USA
When? 02-03/10/2004

While being at the FINA CAF Airsho (2004 report) I hade the possibility for several flights in historic aircraft, including one in a Curits C-46 Command to go on a photo mission. While up in the air, a Mitsubishi Zero, 2 P-51 Mustangs, 3 B-25 Mitchel and a Gruman US-2B Tracker joined on our wings and provided excellent photo opportunities.

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