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Night flying is an essential part in the training of every jet pilot, and the ground crews as well. To lessen the noise disturbance in the neighbouring communities, the Luftwaffe conducts night flying training and operations only in the winter season when the dawn already starts at around 5pm. With around 10 jets flying in the afternoon and during the night period again this was quite a busy day with plenty of photo opportunities.

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Where? Lagerlechfeld, Germany
When? 01/2011

The main focus of this day were the two special coloured jets currently based at Lagerlechfeld:

  • Tornado ECR 46+29, the JaboG 32 1st Squadron's Tiger Scheme from 2010
0ETSL Sonderbemalungen 6422 700 470 90
0ETSL Sonderbemalungen 6422 100 67 85
ETSL Sonderbemalungen 4178 100 67 85
ETSL Sonderbemalungen 4193 100 67 85
ETSL Sonderbemalungen 4194 100 67 85
ETSL Sonderbemalungen 6439 100 67 85
ETSL Sonderbemalungen 4300 700 470 90
ETSL Sonderbemalungen 4300 100 67 85
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ZETSL Sonderbemalungen 4168 100 67 85
  • Tornado IDS(T) 45+99, celebrating 55.555 flight hours at Holloman AFB, the Luftwaffe training centre in the United State
0ETSL Sonderbemalungen 6454 700 470 90
0ETSL Sonderbemalungen 6454 100 67 85
ETSL Sonderbemalungen 4213 100 67 85
ETSL Sonderbemalungen 6466 100 67 85
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To see the Holloman jet was a special treat and rare opportunity, as this jet was transferred back from the US in late 2010 and with only a few remaining flight hours will soon be history... After seeing this scheme under the blue New Mexican sky a special set-up at dawn unveiled the silver colours with good effect.

0ETSL So 4269 700 470 90
0ETSL So 4269 100 67 85
ETSL Nachtflug 4224 100 67 85
ETSL Nachtflug 4225 100 67 85
ETSL Nachtflug 4234 100 67 85
0ETSL Nachtflug 6506 700 470 90
0ETSL Nachtflug 6506 100 67 85
ETSL Nachtflug 4273 100 67 85
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ZETSL Nachtflug 4230 100 67 85

The "Tiger Jet" participated in the daily flying routine, which restricted the access to the aircraft - but nevertheless very nice photo opportunities were provided to document this good looking scheme.
Besides these two colourful aircraft, plenty of the gray Tornados could be seen as well with the Luftwaffe pilots performing their daily training flights.

0ETSL Tornado 6385 700 470 90
0ETSL Tornado 6385 100 67 85
ETSL Tornado 4026 100 67 85
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ETSL Tornado 4162 100 67 85
ETSL Tornado 6408 100 67 85
0ETSL Tornado 4094 700 470 90
0ETSL Tornado 4094 100 67 85
ETSL Tornado 4055 100 67 85
ETSL Tornado 4076 100 67 85
ETSL Tornado 4125 100 67 85
ETSL Tornado 4201 100 67 85

Some links to photos in higher resolution:

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I would like to express my sincere thanks to JaboG32 Public Affairs for their generous support and approval of this visit!

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