After a while JG74 held a spotterday on August, 30th at Neuburg. Being busy with the introduction of the Eurofighter the last open day has been held for the farewell of the F-4F Phantom II.
This year’s open day was restricted to 400 people, but actually open to anyone as the number of visitors has been quoted with approximately 700 and inscription was open until the day itself. So the local population and enthusiasts from as far as Italy or France came to Neuburg and used the chance to get ‘on base’ that Thursday afternoon to get some nice photos of JG74s Eurofighters. With the restrictions of flying displays in Germany only ‘normal operational flying’ has been announced beforehand. Of this there was however plenty: 3x the two QRA aircraft flew and 2x a wave of four aircraft went airborne. The latter ones also did plenty of touch and goes before their final landing, which was also great to get some nice photos.
Of course JG74s New Tiger aircraft (Eurofighter 30+29) took part in the flying and was afterwards put in the static display to complete the assembly of several other special painted aircraft. Among them were the ‘Arctic Tiger’ Tornado of AG51, the Czech Tiger Gripen as well as two pairs of F-16 from Belgium and the Netherlands, also including special schemes.
To conclude this excellent event the new special painted Tornado of JaboG33 from Büchel did two fly-bys, before most of the visiting aircraft left as well late in the afternoon.
This spottersday at Neuburg was a great example of a simple, though very satisfying set-up for the guests of JG74 that day and is an event hopefully to be continued.