Category: europe

PETER BOSCHERT IN NANCY-OCHEY

The Fighter Squadron EC 03.003 “Ardennes” belongs to the French Air Force and is flying the Mirage 2000D from Nancy-Ochey. Fighter Sqaudron 03.003 (in french EC 03.003) “Ardennes” was decorated for its missions in Afghanistan and Lybia, the Squadron...

Radom’s Superlative 2013 Air Show

Radom is a city a little more than an hour’s drive south of Warsaw, Poland.  On the southeastern edge of town is the Radom-Sadkow airport; home to a Polish Air Force training base.  Originally built in the late 1920s...

Juniper Stallion 13

Juniper Stallion 13 and Noble Melinda 13 were bilateral exercises held between the U.S. and Israeli air forces respectively. The exercises took place as part of regularly scheduled training between USA and Israel. Juniper Stallion 13 was a combined, bilateral...

Ich melde mich ab! (I sign out!)

And another iconic aircraft disappears out of the European skies. Like the Harrier, the Tornado ADF, Mirage F-1M and the A-10C before the McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II was withdrawn from use by the Luftwaffe after forty years of...

This year’s RIAT

Let’s me start with the bad news and frustrations. This is the show aviation enthusiasts love to hate. That is off course the result of the hollow pompous humbug which surrounds the show nowadays. This all in the name...

Flying F-15E Mission Training in the U.K.

“Ratch 2, you’re cleared for take-off”. The dark grey Strike Eagle thunders down the runway only seconds after we got the take-off clearance from the tower in RAF Lakenheath. The acceleration is amazing after my pilot Chris “Skull” Bridges...

Força Aérea Portuguesa

The history of the Força Aérea Portuguesa (FAP – Portuguese Air Force) goes back to 1911 when a balloon company was founded. The first aircraft did not arrive till the early twenties but during WWI Portuguese pilots fought along...

Going Low In The Mach Loop

Remember the time that spotting was a hobby which needed patience? You just went to any airfield in the hope to see something. You know, before the web………. hello, anybody? For those of you who miss that time or...

Phantoms Pharewell By Peter Boschert

The German Air Force bought 175 F-4F and 10 F-4E in 1971. The first aircraft had its maiden flight on 18th May 1973.The difference to the common F-4E were the the omission of the seventh fuselage tank, the AN-APQ-120...