Italian Tornado deployment to Büchel

The Italian Air Force deployed 6 Panavia Tornado aircraft to Büchel Air Base July 12-23. The crews were able to train electronic warfare at the POLYGONE Range southwest of Kaiserslautern.  The Multinational Aircrew Electronic Warfare Tactics Facility Polygone – POLYGONE is a trinatioanal training area used by France, Germany and the USA. These 6 aircraftContinue reading “Italian Tornado deployment to Büchel”

Cancelled F-16 flyout Leeuwarden 1st of July

Actually, on July 1, the last remaining F-16s of 322 Squadron were to withdraw their F-16s from Leeuwarden Air Base and fly to Volkel. Only the aircraft needed for the currently running Weapon Instructor Course (WIC) were to remain at the base. A final formation flyover of the base and Soesterberg airfield was planned beforeContinue reading “Cancelled F-16 flyout Leeuwarden 1st of July”

60 Years Tactical Fighter Wing 74

Normally, Tactical Fighter Wing 74 in Neuburg an der Donau celebrates its milestone birthdays with a big open day. So it was planned this year in connection with “Tag der Bundeswehr”. But unfortunately, the still ongoing pandemic has its influence and so there was only a digital edition of “Tag der Bundeswehr”. The squadron celebratedContinue reading “60 Years Tactical Fighter Wing 74”

NATO Days Ostrava 2020 / Čáslav Air Base

This years edition of NATO Days at the town of Ostrava in Czech Republic took place, despite COVID-19. But there were some shortfalls: The static display was cancelled and only flying displays took place above Leoš Janáček Aiport. A web stream of the dispalys was set up for all aircraft enthusiasts around the world. NextContinue reading “NATO Days Ostrava 2020 / Čáslav Air Base”

Red Flag 20-2: Tornado IDS returning to Büchel

The second Red Flag this year took place from 09. to 20.03.2020 at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The German Air Force participated in this major exercise with the weapon systems Eurofighter (TaktLwG 31) and Tornado (TaktLwG 33 and 51). The squadron from Büchel took the lead of the German command. The jets participatedContinue reading “Red Flag 20-2: Tornado IDS returning to Büchel”

The last samurai of Hyakuri

With the decommissioning of the 302 Hikotai on 25.03.2019 (Fiscal Year 2018) only two squadrons of the Japanese Air Force (JASDF) with the type F-4 Phantom II remain in active service: The 301 Hikotai with F-4EJ 改 (F-4EJ Kai, which means updated) and the 501 Hikotai with the reconnaissance version RF-4E and RF-4EJ. But alreadyContinue reading “The last samurai of Hyakuri”

First Mini Tiger Meet of the Bavarian Tigers

There has never been a NATO Tiger Meet at the airbase in Neuburg an der Donau until 2019. The new members of the NATO Tiger Association, the Bavarian Tigers, changed this recently and are very committed in their new role. With pride they show their tiger spirit, which they took over from the 1st SquadronContinue reading “First Mini Tiger Meet of the Bavarian Tigers”