Hyakuri Airshow 2012
With Hyakuri Air Base located some 50 miles north of Tokyo, we were lucky enough to spot the airfield from our KL861 flight in descent to Narita Airport. With Japan's most famous landmark, Mount Fuji, on the horizon there was no better way to get a first impression of Japan! By focusing onto the pictures from our digital cameras we were able to get a fine overview on the static line of aircraft for the next days airshow!
Sanicole Sunset Airshow 2012
For more than 35 years, Leopoldsburg Airfield, near Hechtel, Belgium has hosted the International Sanicole Airshow. Though being a private organised airshow (the only one in the country) it always gets excellent support from the national and international military demonstration teams. For photographers it's not a very attractive proposition due to facing the sun all day. Since 2010 however there's been a sunset airshow on the Friday prior to the main show.
Duxford September Airshow 2012
With the most unpredictable of British summers, the sun finally shone at a British air show. Over the weekend of the 8th & 9th September Duxford held there September air show in glorious conditions. The hot weather plus the Vulcan effect certainly increased the attendance with a bumper crowd over the two days. This show had a great feel to it with a mixture of modern day hardware and classic warbirds.
Texel Airshow 2012
In 1937, Texel International Airport was founded in cooperation with KLM at the Island of Texel, the Netherlands, as an alternative for the ferry from Den Helder. Nowadays the airport has one the largest grass (paved) runways in Europe and is a popular destination for tourists to fly into the Island. Most flight activity however is related to the paracentre and the airport is also a regular for tank stops by helicopters from the Dutch Police (KLPD) and Royal Netherlands Air Force.
U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
The U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower left Naval Station Norfolk on June 20 2012. Touchdown Aviation was given the great privilege to embark on the carrier in the Mediterranean Sea. The “Ike” Carrier’s Air Wing (CVW-7) is part of Carrier Air Group Eight. Embarked on board of particular interest were VAQ-140 “Patriots” on their last cruise flying the venerable Grumman EA-6B Prowler before transition to the Boeing EA-18G Growler once this nine month cruise comes to an end in the Autumn.
Royal International Air Tattoo 2012
This years Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) was moved against tradition, to the first weekend of July, because of the London 2012 Olympic Games being held at the end of July, a number of major events were brought forward including RIAT2012 which was heavily linked with the Farnborough International Trade and Air Show. In advance RIAT12 was a definitely favourite for the golden medal of possibly the best show of the year, looking at the participating nations. Did it satisfy the expectations?
Naval Air Station Oceana
Located in the state of Virginia, Naval Air Station Oceana is home for almost 300 F/A-18 Hornets divided in 18 Squadrons flying 6 subtypes. Most Squadrons deploy with Carrier Air Wings (CVW), the flying units based on an aircraft carrier. The station is the sole Master Jet Base on the east coast and is home of all the east coast strike fighter units from the United States Navy. Touchdown Aviation recieved an invitation to visit this base to see current operations at NAS Oceana last May.
Abingdon Air and Country Show 2012
So the 2012 air show season is upon us again. With the United Kingdom announcing a drought at the beginning of April what then proceeded was the wettest April in history since records began, so the omens were not looking good for the opening air show on the aviation calendar. Luckily for the organisers it stayed dry.
MCAS Cherry Point Airshow 2012
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point is located in the State of North Carolina and is home of Marine Aircraft Group 14. The bi-annual show was held from Friday the 4th of May until Sunday the 6th of May. This year’s air shows big theme was to celebrate the heritage of 100 years of Marine Corps aviation. Reason enough for Touchdown Aviation to be present at MCAS Cherry Point.
CGAS Elizabeth City
The USCG organization is divided into two main areas, the Pacific and the Atlantic area. In total there are 9 districts reaching all the way from Maine to Alaska and Hawaii. USCG Air Station Elizabeth City is located in North Carolina and is part of the 5th district of the US Coast Guard.
Frisian Flag 2012 - Photo Report
From April 16th - 27th 2012, the (bi-)annual Frisian Flag exercise was held at Leeuwarden Airbase. Participants from Belgium, the UK, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Poland participated together with the RNLAF units.
This is our photo report by Vincent and Remco who both visited Leeuwarden one day to photograph the more than 45 participating aircraft.
RAF Mildenhall - 352nd SOG
The 352nd Special Operations Group is an essential part of the United States Air Force Special Operations Command and is based at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk which is located in the United Kingdom. The group is made up of 2 Squadrons, the 7th Special Operations Squadron and the 67th Special Operations Squadron. Those will soon be joined by the 21st Special Operations Squadron in early 2013. With over 700 personnel assigned, the group is the one and only Air Force special operations unit in Europe.
RAF Linton on Ouse - No. 1 FTS
Situated north of the City of York, England, RAF station Linton-on-Ouse is one of the busiest RAF stations operated today. Originally created as a bomber station in 1937, history saw it being a transport and fighter station before in 1957 it was assigned the mission it still carries today: Train tomorrow's fast jet aircrew. This mission is executed by the world's oldest flying training school: No. 1 FTS