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Year Review 2019
 
Latest update: December 2019
 
Below you will find a photographic overview of 2019 with additional information of exercise or visits which were visited throughout the year. Main aim at the end of the year would be a visit to the F-4EJ Phantom farewell air show at Hyakuri air base in Japan. The week prior to Japan we went to Taiwan (Republic of China).
 
January
 
     
     
     
     
     
     
   
     
January started with the return of the Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16's from there anti ISIS coalition deployment in Jordan. On January 2 four aircraft, all with live missiles, arrived at Volkel. Three days later the Dutch spotting championships together with the Scramble organized aviation day were held at Teuge airfield. After the day was concluded it was possible to photograph the Mig-21 and Mig-23 under different lighting conditions. On January 9, both Japanese Air Self Defence Force B-747's arrived at Schiphol. It would mark their last visit to The Netherlands as Japan bought two Boeing B-777's to replace the jumbo jets in the VIP transport role. Aircraft from the 89th Airlift Wing are not regular visitors to The Netherlands. The wing is tasked with transportation of the President of the United States (POTUS) with its two VC-25A's (B-747) as well as members of the government and high-ranking military officials. 89th AW has no less than eight C-32A's (B-757) assigned. It's four original aircraft (fiscal year 98 and 99) were joined later by three FY09 and one FY19 C-32's. The Defence Helicopter Command has an exercise for which two NH90-TTH's from the Germany army arrived. Both THR-10 and THR-30 participated with one helicopter. On a very could day with the heath covered with a little snow Chinooks, Cougars and the NH90's trained sling load operations. During an open house of the MBO College Airport I had the opportunity to photograph their aircraft collection used to educate future aircraft technicians.
More background and photographs can be read here: MBO College Airport.
 
 
February
 
 
 
Compared to other countries it's unusual in The Netherlands to display former military aircraft in public areas. Until 2017 these were put on display at air bases or in museums. The city of Volkel had the honor of becoming the first city with a F-16 put on display on a roundabout near the main gate of Volkel air base. Soesterberg became the second municipality. They received an Alouette III which served the base at the time 298 squadron and Groep Lichte Vliegtuigen (GPLV) was stationed at the now closed air base. The Alouette III is marked as A-407 but its identity is A-253.
February also saw US Army 4th Combay Aviation Brigade return home staging through Eindhoven before heading to the port of Rotterdam. Unfortunately during a visit the helicopters couldn't depart due to the weather being out of limits. 
 
March
 
     
 
Exercise Frisian Flag 2019 saw participants arrive on March 29. For the first time the Air National Guard participated with F-16's. The previous exercises saw all combat coded F-15 wings deploy to Leeuwarden and then continue with their Theather Security Package in mainly eastern Europe.
 
April
 
     
     
     
 
Eindhoven was again host for the European Air Refuelling Training (EART) exercise. It saw the first time an Airbus Defence A330MRTT taking part. The Royal Air Force, who designated the aircraft Voyager, took part with its 100th RAF anniversary aircraft.

More information and photographs can be found here:

Exercise EART 2019
Exercise Frisian Flag 2019
 
 
May
 
     
     
     
     
     
 
May saw the second USAF C-32 arrive in The Netherlands. This time the more secretive C-32B. These are operated by the 486th FLTS and 150th SOS. The aircraft are tasked in support of the Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST).
May 4 and 5 are the annual remembrance and liberation days. The RNLAF performs a missing man formation at their monument on former Soesterberg AB. The next day the Cougar (300 squadron) and NH90-NFH (860 squadron) support the embassadors of freedom by flying them to liberation festivals across the country.
It was then time to head to the Czech republic. Čáslav AV hosted an air show, Náměšť nad Oslavou hosted an exercise and we had the privilege of visiting the CLV LOM Pardubice.

More information:

Centrum Leteckého Výcviku Pardubice
 
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December