Dedicated to military aerial exercises. Typically fighters and support aircraft exercising war time situations.
Frisian Flag 2022
After two years of (Covid) absence, Frisian Flag was back at Leeuwarden Air Base. This year’s participants included Canadian CF-188 (F/A-18) from 425 squadron, Aviano based Vipers from the 510th FS, French Mirages and Rafales and Italian F-2000s and Tornado’s. Germany and the UK also participated, although flying from their home bases. A first this edition was the participation of the F-35.
Blue Wings 2020
Six Israeli F-16C/Ds Barak fighters, 2 KC707s and a G550 CAEW visited the German airbase at Norvenich. They took part in a two week combined exercise called Blue Wings 2020, starting 17 till 28 August. Unique as this was the first time the Israeli Defence Air Force (IDF-AF) set foot on German soil. Also unique as the IDF-AF isn’t often seen this Northerly in Europe.
Frisian Flag 2019
Every year Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands is home to the combined NATO exercise, Frisian Flag. This year the Bulldogs from Duluth joint. This 179th Fighter Squadron fly’s the dark colored F-16C. Other participants included Dutch, German, French, Swiss and Polish units. In two week’s time, the aircraft flew two sorties a day exercising several scenario’s.
Frisian Flag 2018
Every year Leeuwarden AB in the Northern part of the Netherlands is home to the combined NATO exercise, Frisian Flag. This year two USAF F-15 ANG units joint amongst Dutch, German, French, Spanish and Polish units. In two week’s time, the aircraft flew two sorties a day exercising several scenario’s. Highlight of this year was the participation of two Polish MiG-29s.
Frisian Flag 2017
Every year Leeuwarden AB is home to the combined NATO exercise, Frisian Flag. This year two USAF F-15 ANG units joint amongst Dutch, German, Belgium, French, English and Portuguese units. In two week’s time, the aircraft flew two sorties a day over the North sea West of Denmark.
Eagle deployment Europe
First ever USAF Air National Guard deployment to Europe as a theater security force. 12 Eagles from both Florida and Oregon ANG are based on Leeuwarden AB in the Netherlands. While their they will also participate in the annual Frisian Flag exercise.
Frisian Flag 2015
Frisan Flag is a big combined NATO exercise in the Northern part of Europe, operated from Leeuwarden AB, Netherlands. This year a two deployed US ANG squadrons will participate. Other participants are Poland, Germany, Spain, Finland, Norway and the Netherland.
Nato Tiger Meet 2011
This year, the annual Nato Tiger Meet, or NTM, was held at BA Cambrai in France. Host was the Escadron de Chasse 01.012. The NTM started at May 9th and ended 20th of May. John Redeker visited Cambrai on the 17th.
Nato Tiger Meet (NTM) 2009
This year, the annual Nato Tiger Meet, or NTM, was held at the Belgium airbase of Kleine Brogel in the North of Belgium. Host of this edition was the Belgium 31 “Tiger” squadron which is part of 10 wing, based at Kleine Brogel. The exercise was held from 14 till 20th of September 2009.
As the largest air force exercise in Europe, ELITE has occupied a firm place in the calendar of multinational exercises for more than twelve years. Around 1.700 soldiers at the Heuberg Training Area alone and almost 40 different weapon systems mark a new record for ELITE 2008.
Frisian Flag 2008
During the First two weeks of April, the exercise ‘Frisian Flag 2008’ was held at Leeuwarden AB, in the northern part of The Netherlands. AviaMagazine was present on several day's of the exercise including F-4's and Rafales.
COMAO Kleine Brogel 2007
Like every year, the last day of the Combined Air Operations Exercise (COMAO) was combined with a spottersday. On the 17th of July, the Belgian Airbase of Kleine Brogel opened it’s doors to the public.
A high ranking place on every military spotters wish list is the Machynlleth Loop in Wales. The low fly area is situated between Dolgellau and Machylleth. Over a 3 year period Ian Garfield took these beautiful shots on the hills of Machynlleth Loop.
Aviamagazine visited Florennes Air Base on March 14th and 28th 2007. And again nice weather and nice participants during the second TLP session this year.
On September 28th we visited the TLP exercise at Florennes AB. When we arrived the sun was shining. We had a base visit so we could see and photograph all the participants. Today the last mission for this TLP exercise was flown. Besides the participants, some support aircraft were planned.
Rene Wilthof visited the Belgium Airbase Florennes for the third edition of the Tactical Leadership Program (TLP) for this year. Present at this edition: French F1's and Super Etendards, Greek F-4's, Italian and English Tornado's (IDS / GR4 / F3), Spanish F1's and F/A-18's.
Ample Train 2006
The live logistics exercise Ample Train is taking place from 7 till 10 april at Volkel AB, The Netherlands. The aim of Exercise Ample Train is to focus specifically on logistics and provide training for intensive fighter aircraft ground crew, free from the pressures of a normal air exercise. In concrete terms, ground crew personnel is being trained in duties such as refuelling, carrying out pre and post flight safety checks, and ensuring weapon safety if the aircraft is armed. AviaMagazine was present.
Frisian Flag 2005
Every year Leeuwarden AB in the Northern part of the Netherlands is home to the combined NATO exercise, Frisian Flag. This year with guests from the Germany, Sweden, UK (Jaguars) and Finland (F-18C).
COMAO Kleine Brogel 2005
Like last year, the last day of the Combined Air Operations Exercise (COMAO) was combined with a spottersday. On the 20th of July, the Belgian Airbase of Kleine Brogel opened it's doors for the public.
On Wednesday June 23th we were invited to visit the TLP at Florennes AB. Participants of this edition included Greek and Italian Vipers, French Super Etendards and Mirage 2000. RAF Jaguars, F3s and an Harrier. Also present Danish F-16 and a Spanish Falcon 20 ECM jammer.
On Thursday 12th of May, Aviamagazine visited the last mission day of the third Tactical Leadership Program (TLP) exercise this year. Participants includes Spanish Harriers, F1's and Hornets. English Tornado Gr4's and F1's and Hawks. Turkish and Portuguese vipers also attended.
Normally lots of F-16's and Tornado's can be seen on a TLP edition, but this edition the majority were F-4 Phantoms; 6 German F-4F ICE and 4 F-4E's from 338 Mira.
This year six TLP courses were scheduled. TLP 2004-05 is the last one at the Belgian airbase Florennes. Because it was the first time that French (Navy) Rafale's participated, this would be a special TLP and a great excuse to visit Florennes AB again. We visited the base during departure day on 5 November 2004.
NATO Tiger Meet (NTM) 2004
This year the Nato Tiger Meet celebrates her 40th Tiger Meet. Host is Recce Wing 51 "Immelmann" at Schleswig-Jagel Air Base in the northern part of Germany. This is the 51st Recce Wing's first ever Tiger Meet, and the first NTM in 20 years to be held in northern Germany. NTM 2004 will focus on operational flying, the foundation upon which these meets are based.
Combined Air Operations Exercise
On the 20th of July, the Combined Air Operations exercise (COMAO) was held at Kleine Brogel Air Base, Belgium. The exercise was combined with a Spotters'Day in which many of the exercise visitors took part. Besides many Belgian aircraft several very interesting aircraft were participating in the Spotters'Day. The biggest highlights of this year were all coming from Eastern-Europe.
Clean Hunter 2004
From 14 June till 25 June the annual NAVO exercise Clean Hunter will take place with 14 contesting countries. Clean Hunter takes place to tighten the cooperation between the NAVO partners. During the exercise Greek F-16s from 346 Mira are bases on Twenthe AB, The Netherlands.
European Trainer Meet
To celebrate 25 years of Alpha Jet operations with the Belgian Air Force and the graduation of tree new pilots, the 1st Wing at Beauvechain, organised the European trainer meet. The 1st wing invited trainer squadrons from NAVO partners to attend the celebrations. Besides the official visitors, the Belgian air force also invited aviation enthusiasts to watch this special event.
First Italian F-16 visit The Netherlands
On May 26th for the first time an Italian F-16 visited the Netherlands. This time Volkel Air Base was the lucky base. F-16B MM7269 arrived in the morning with callsign "I7269". To operate the new F-16s within the European coalition, it's necessary to be able to take fuel while in flight. So the F-16s wend to The Netherlands to certify there pilot's using the RNLAF KDC-10.
Invited by the Royal Netherlands Air Force, AviaMagazine.com joined an air-to-air refuelling mission north of the Wadden islands. On the 20th of February 2004 the KDC-10 saw a total of six thirsty Viper quests. Join us on this once in a lifetime experience.
Aviamagazine visited the 4th edition of the Tactical Leadership Program (TLP) exercise at the Belgian air base Florennes. This edition we walked the flight line and witnessed takeoff in appalling weather. Participants included Greek Mirage 2000s and Spanish Mirage F1 and F-18s.