Thursday December 15 2005, the Flug Lehr Zentrum F-4F was formally disbanded. After being formed in 1961 as Jagdbomber Geschwader 36 and later when the F-4's lost their Air-to-Ground role becoming Jagd Geschwader 72. The unit ended as the training unit for German F-4 pilots.
Swiss Trip 2005
From October 10 till October 14 we spend a week in Switzerland to visit Meiringen, Payerne and Alpnach during the Axalp firepowerdemo. Famous for it's very beautiful backgrounds and photo possibilities we looked forward to a great week.
Malta International Air Show
The 13th Malta International Airshow was held on the 24th and 25th of September 2005, this air show is held on the northern edge of the International Airport, Luqa. This is one of the few air shows in Europe that is held on a busy civilian airport, with the air displays between arrivals and departures of Air Malta aircraft and many other interesting visitors.
Czech International Air Fest 2005
On the 10th and 11th September 2005 Brno-Turany airport hosted the annual airshow of the Czech Republic. The last couple of years this show was held in the first weekend of September but due to competition of the shows at Koksijde and Rivolto, the show was moved one week ahead.
A 3 day report by Michael and Remco
The Koksijde Air Show or 'Open Door' is organised almost every year in June or July. The decision to cancel the show due to defence cuts this year was turned back so the show was on! It was held later in the season because of the 'Defensiedagen' in Zeebrugge, the second week of July. Two major events in such a short period was too much, so the Koksijde Air Show had to move to September. A photoreport from outside the base.
Excalibur is a joint United States Air Force (USAFE) and Royal Air Force (RAF) Training Exercise. This year's edition took place at the Holbeach and Wainfleet air weapons ranges on the East Coast of Lincolnshire over a three day period; August 17, 18 and 19 2005.
KeeBee Photocall 2005
Kleine Brogel, home of the 10th Wing of the Belgian Defense - Air Component, hosted a large Operational Integration Exercise with the participation of 70 aircraft and almost 250 aircrew. Like previous year, the last day of the exercise a COMbined Air Operation was combined with a media and spottersday.
Royal International Air Tattoo 2005
On July 16 and 17 2005 the largest annual military air show in the world was held again at RAF Fairford, UK. The Royal International Air Tattoo 2005 stood for beautiful weather, great themes, nice participants and therefore great photographic opportunities! Touchdown Aviation was present during both show days and during the departures Monday morning.
Clean Hunter 2005
From June 27th untill July 8th the annual NATO exercise Clean Hunter was held over the skies of central Europe. Fourteen countries participated with more than 250 aircraft. Most of the aircraft flew from their home base but some temporary deployments to others bases were also seen. The Hellenic Air Force deployed to Florennes with F-16C/Ds. Time for us to travel to Florennes and see the Greek Vipers.
On Sunday June 12 the French L'Armee de L'Air organized an Air Show at Cazaux. As the base has various interesting units based there was enough reason for us to drive down to the south of France. Together with Sander van Kooten from www.goldenwings-aviation.com we had a couple of splendid days!
KB Warming up Photocall
On June 8th, Kleine Brogel AB. organized a photo call for the squadron exchange between 10 Wing and the Czech 212 zTL. The photo call was a warming up event for the "real" photo call on July 20th with a unbelievable list of participants. Nontheless, this day ended up as a "last of the dinosaurs part 2" in sequence of the last operational F-104 that visited KB last year.
The third TLP course of 2005 with participation of Spanish Harriers was visited twice. First time ended up in a very wet day. Second time the weather was splendid and resulted in the following photo report.
NATO ELINT Symposium
On April the 21st, as conclusion on Exsercise Trial Hammer that was being held the same week, a NATO Symposium on ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) tactics took place at Ramstein. Most active ELINT platforms from the various NATO members were present to form a staticline on the ramps at Ramstein.
This second TLP course of 2005 was a special one with Greek Phantoms participating. With very low take offs they did their best to entertain the large number of spotters present.
Touchdown Aviation was present two days.