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 What? Tomcat Alley
Where? NAC Oceana & NS Norfolk
When? 10/2004

In the dawn of the Tomcat age, Oceana has become the Mekka of the F-14 fan community witht the airshow being the highlight of the year.
NAS Ocena is the biggest airbase of the US Navy on the East coast located not far away from Virginia beach. The day after the NAS Oceana airshow I was shown around the airbase to get an inside view of the normal life on the flightline there and also had the possibilty to visit NS Norfolk.


 The airbase host all the F/A-18 Hornet and F-14 Tomcat squadrons of the carriers of the Atlantic Fleet while the carriers are in the harbour. Furthermore it is the home of Hornet and Tomcat training squadrons and the Navy Agressor unit, VFC-12 "Fighting Omars", equipped with colorful F/A-18s.
During my stay VF-143 "Pukin Dogs", VF-32 "Swordsmen", VF-101 "Grimreapers" and VF-213 "Black Lions" have been on deck at Oceana.

 

Tomcats at Oceana

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F-14 Tomcat in the Maintenance Hangar

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VFC-12 "Fighting Omars" / F-18s

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F-18 Hornet

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Cessna O-1 Bird Dog air-air photography
Where? Hahnweide, Germany
When? September 2016

Flying low over the jungle on tree top level the exploits of the Cessna O-1E Bird Dog in South East Asia are legendary. However, this venerable warbird is maybe one of the lesser known and unglamorous aircraft types flown during the Vietnam War, being manned by USAF and South Vietnamese pilots. Nevertheless some of the Bird Dog’s relive a renaissance today, as they are a cheap and affordable warbird, and a joy to fly!

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Hatzerim Graduation Ceremony #162 / 2011

Where? Hatzerim AB, Israel
When? June 2011

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Casa 1.131 D-EIWW air-air

Where? Northern Bavaria
When?
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The CASA 1.131-E is the licence-build Spanish version of the Bücker Bü 131 Jungmann. Around 550 aircraft were build in Spain from 1938 until the 1960s and served primarily as an initial trainer aircraft for new Spanish AF pilots. The type stayed within the Spanish AF with the military designation E-3B until 1986, thus making it the longest Jungmann-flying Air Force in the world – with an astonishing service time of 50 years!

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