Blog en-us (C) Demetrius Vanspranghe ( Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:52:00 GMT Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:52:00 GMT Blog 120 82 UK airshow & museums The Royal Air Force (RAF) celebrates its 100th birthday. On our way to and from the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), we spend some time visiting aircraft museums (near Hendon and near Manston).

( hendon manston raf riat Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:49:21 GMT
Brussels Airport spotter corners Finally, after all these years, my home airport received a proper spotter corner. In fact, there are 2 spotter locations, so that you can always take pictures, no matter from which direction the wind is blowing.

( brussels airport spotting Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:39:00 GMT
34th Oldtimer Fly/Drive In The airfield of Schaffen (near Diest) hosted the annual Oldtimer Fly- & Drive In. Despite the bad weather on Saturday, resulting in fewer visiting aircraft, there were still some interesting aircraft, such as this Miles Messenger.

( diest oldtimer schaffen Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:33:30 GMT
Dieppe We went to Dieppe in order to learn more about "Operation Jubilee" (The Dieppe Raid, 19-Aug-1942).
Despite this terrible event in the history of World War II, the region of Dieppe is really peaceful now.

( dieppe Sat, 29 Jul 2017 13:57:30 GMT
Red Bull Air Race The Red Bull Air Race in Budapest is an event I was looking forward to. To see it live is even more spectacular than on television. Although I am used to taking aviation pictures I really had a hard time, because of the continuous variations in distance and speed.

The Red Bull Collection contains a lot of beautiful aircraft, and they were displayed in a graceful manner in front of a huge crowd alongside the Danube river.

( red bull air race red bull collection Sat, 29 Jul 2017 13:51:28 GMT
Brussels Airport Spotters Day 2017 I was one of the 25 lucky winners who have been invited by Brussels Airport for a spotters day. We had the chance to get a guided tour of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner from ANA and got the opportunity to take close pictures of airplanes taking-off and landing on runway 25R.

( brussels airport Sat, 15 Jul 2017 19:19:29 GMT
Ursel Avia Ursel airfield is known for its Wings & Wheels event, but the open door days from the local flying club is quite an event too.

( urselavia Sat, 15 Jul 2017 19:14:45 GMT
Kent School (Germany) Getting out of my comfort zone! Urbex photography is something else...



( kent school urbex Sat, 15 Jul 2017 19:11:06 GMT
26th Antwerp Stampe Fly In Although this event is not an airshow, some fly-by's and the formation flights were quite spectacular, because of the short distance to the crowd.

( stampe Sat, 15 Jul 2017 16:01:44 GMT
Sanicole Airshow The annual Sanicole Airshow was a great event. Looking forward to next year's 40th edition.

( sanicole Sat, 15 Jul 2017 15:54:25 GMT
33rd Oldtimer Drive- & Fly-In Schaffen The 33rd Oldtimer Drive- & Fly-in was held at the Schaffen-Diest airfield, which celebrated 100 years.

The Red Devils performed their low-level routine, since this is not an airshow.

( Diest Drive-In Fly-In Oldtimer Schaffen Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:39:31 GMT
RIAT The F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II were some of the highlights at the Royal International Air Tattoo.

The F-35 was presented both in A (conventional landing) and B (vertical/short take-off/landing) versions.

It was also the very last appearance of the French Ramex Delta Tactical Display Team (on Mirage 2000N).

( RIAT Sun, 24 Jul 2016 19:52:14 GMT
Brazil and Chile The year 2016 started with a trip to Brazil to celebrate a wedding of a friend in Piracicaba, near São Paulo.

After that we traveled to Chili and visited the region of the lakes and the volcanoes.


( brazil chile lakes piracicaba volcanoes Sat, 06 Feb 2016 15:53:18 GMT
Sanicole (18 & 20 Sept.) Despite the fact that the 5th Sanicole Sunset Airshow on Friday suffered a few cancellations because of technical issues, it was a great event. Seeing the Belgian F-16 Demo aircraft leading the n° 1 of a number of European display teams was a rare and magnificent sight.

The 38th Sanicole International Airshow on Sunday offered a lot of variation, from classic to modern aircraft, both civil and military. This cannot be illustrated much better than with Breitling's Constellation leading the Patrouille Suisse.

( Sanicole Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:00:31 GMT
Royal International Air Tattoo This year we made the trip to Fairford for RIAT 2015 to see the best military aircraft from past, present and future.
I was honored to witness one of the last flights of the mighty Vulcan as well as a beautiful fly-past for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. We also saw a lot of the aircraft departing on Monday which is traditionally impressive. On the way back to Dover, we visited Rye, a medieval town.

( RIAT Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:21:35 GMT
Paris Air Show It has been 10 years since I last was at Le Bourget in France to visit the Paris Air Show.
It was bit of a disappointment since a lot of manufacturers decided not to stay for the public days.
Because of the large crowd it was also difficult to photograph the static aircraft.
But thanks to the French chauvinism we were able to see some spectacular aircraft displays from Airbus.

( Bourget Le Paris Air Show Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:46:45 GMT
Bellicourt - Le Quesnoy On the way back from La Ferté we visited a German World War I graveyard.
More than 30.000 soldiers have been buried there...

Next we stopped at a tunnel that is still in use to tow ships through a hill.
The tower is a ship that electrically pulls itself using a chain in the canal.

Finally we stopped in Le Quesnoy, a fortified city.
While the walls are being restored, a lot of the water around is changed into a parc.

( Bellicourt Le Quesnoy Thu, 28 May 2015 12:20:16 GMT
La Ferté-Alais It has been a few years ago since I visited the airshow in La Ferté-Alais (France). Getting in and out was a little bit hectic but the airshow was fabulous, with a large range of classic aircraft from various periods.

( La Ferté 2015 Thu, 28 May 2015 10:51:43 GMT
25th Antwerp Stampe fly in Flying displays were held in order to celebrate the 25th Stampe-Vertongen fly in at Deurne Airport in Antwerp.

The weather on Sunday was really nice so that we could enjoy this "mini-airshow".

Meanwhile regular commercial activities were still ongoing at the International Airport.


( Deurne Stampe Vertongen Tue, 19 May 2015 15:46:58 GMT
Canada Some years ago I visited the western part of Canada, traveling from Vancouver to Calgary via the Rocky Mountains. This time I went to the eastern part and spent some time in Montréal and Toronto.
I also took the opportunity to visit the Niagara Falls.

( Canada Montreal Niagara Ontario Quebec Toronto Sat, 27 Sep 2014 20:37:22 GMT