Lajes (Azores) (LPLA/TER) 2007

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Req : Lajes Field spotting conditions

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Hello,

Are there persons who have been to Lajes field in the past and can tell me more about the spotting facilities at the base and perhaps provide a note of flightactivities ?
I'm planning to go over there in the near future.

Thanks in advance.

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Rene,

I have been to Lajes last year. Spotting conditions are very, very good. Almost along the whole side of the runway there is a dirt road along the fence. The big military platforms are on the other side of the runway and you can see everything. You should be a little carefull though, I have read the USAF police is not happy with too many people watching planes....
If you arrive at Lajes, you will immidiatly see the open platforms from the plane and also from the (very small) terminal you already have excellent views of the whole base.
Activity is unpredictable. One day nothing, the next day it is hot. Most visitors however are night stoppers, arriving in the late afternoon. If you stay in Praia de Vitoria, you can see the planes coming right overhead when landing (or taking off of course) and this can give you some idea of what is happening. Civil activity is not so much; SATA, SATA International, TAP and some US carriers flying for the US military.

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Lajes (Azores) (LPLA/TER) 2007

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Currently (24-04) 18.30h inbound Lajes is a flight of 10 F-16's.
5x Turkish Air Force
4x Israeli Air Force

Tomorrow 25-04 a flight of 8 French Mirage's are expected with a Brazil tanker and a Spanish tanker.........

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I think the Mirage's are the ones coming back from Red Flag Alaska?

312/4-CN, 324/4-CX, 329/4-BH, 339/4-AD Mirage 2000N

614/3-JU, 660/3-JF, 683/3-IV +1 Mirage 2000D


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Does anybody knwo is there is a site with movements and pics from Lajes?

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Just google and you find:
http://www.azoresairphotos.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Thanks for the help.

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5x Turkish Air Force
This was a flight of 5 new F-16's for JORDAN air force, delivery....

F-16A-ADF 81-0785
F-16A-ADF 81-0787
F-16A-ADF 80-0594
F-16A-ADF 81-0793
F-16A-ADF 82-1000

support was a KC-10A 79-1713 305AMW

futhermore on monday 3 RAF tornado's touched down. One of the tornado's was ZA-462/027 of 15sq. Support was a VC-10 ZA-147/F

inbound lajes now 16.15h are French mirages.......

What a field !!!
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no mirages

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The mirage's did NOT land on Lajes yesterday, but there where some other moves,

Support for the Israely F-16's was a KC-10A 85-0034 305AMW, the F-16's where not read....... :cry:

Nightstopping yesterday was a KC-135R 61-0295 from 91 ARS MacDill, also a KC-130T was there, with code 349, no idea about his full serial.....

The Jordans and Israely's departed today to the east............

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Re: no mirages

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falcon wrote:also a KC-130T was there, with code 349, no idea about his full serial.....
Should be C-130T 165349

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moves

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Here some news and moves !!

On 7th may there where 2 Mirage 2000N's, only one was read of as 324/4-CX support was a french KC-135. Also there was a french Transall.

Futhermore on the 15th where 3 Harriers GR-7 and one Tornado GR-4, one harrier was the ZG-508 support where 2 VC-10's one serial was XV-105/V.

Currently on base are 5 A-10's from 111 FW, one was read of as 80-0230/PA. Support was a KC-10 serial 87-0123.

Here some expectations for next week,

19-05 will see 4 A-10's and a KC-10 at 16.20lt arrival.
22-05 will see 4 F-16's arrival at 18.30lt and depart 24 may
24-05 will see 5 KC-135's !!

thats all i know for now.

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At 1 July the base is open for public, a little open day. Expected are some Portugeze aircrafts and AMC stuff.............

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Today 5 June a flight of 6 F-16's is expected at 15.55lt. Support will be a KC-10. The vipers will be Jordans !! :shock:

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expected

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Monday 18th June expected at Lajes,

5x Mirage 2000 FAF
1x KC-135 FAF

ETA = 17.20lt
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