Volkel 2007Back to Country
Date: 15/16 June 2007
Made by: Scramble, Alan Kilham, David Rickwood, John Knight, Simon Patterson, John Varley, John Huntchins, Ian French, Jon Astley, Paul Witty, Nick Godfrey, Stefan Jongen, Hans van der Vlist, Alex Smit, Uli Seibicke
Static/flightline: FA116 F-16AM 10w/nmks MT35 CM170 11sm spec mks 529/12-KJ Mirage 2000B EC02.012 6, 25 Sup Etendard 11F 5, 10 Rafale M 12F 46+38 Tornado ECR JBG32 84+73 CH-53G MTHR-15/nmks 082 F-16D 341Mira 43 JAS39D MH 59. Sz.D.REB. LX-N90458 E-3A NAEW&CF 1509 An-26 13.eltr 3713 Su-22M-4 40.elt spec mks 15103, 15112 F-16A Esq201 C.15-60/12-18 EF-18A+ Ala 12 T.19B-11/35-29 CN235M-100 Ala 35 J-5015, J-5021 F/A-18C nmks A-902, A-609, A-907 PC-7 Pilotenrekrutesch. A-909, A-911, A-912 PC-7 Pilotenrekrutesch. A-914, A-916, A-917 PC-7 Pilotenrekrutesch. A-919 PC-7 Pilotenrekrutesch. 70-3013/13, 70-3016/16 NF-5A 134Filo/Turk. Stars 70-3027/27, 70-3036/36 NF-5A 134Filo/Turk. Stars 70-3039/39, 70-3042/42 NF-5A 134Filo/Turk. Stars 71-3055/55 NF-5A 134Filo/Turk. Stars 69-4005/05, 71-4019/19 NF-5B 134Filo/Turk. Stars ZG729/M Tornado GR4A 13sq XX478/CU-564 Jetstream T2 750sq 81-0952/SP OA-10A 81st FS 81-0988/SP A-10A 81st FS 59-1469 KC-135R 756st ARS AFRC 158210/210 P-3C VP-45/nmks D-102 CH-47D 298sq J-005 F-16AM 311sq L-02 PC-7 131EMVOsq Q-05 AH-64D 301sq S-442 AS532U2 300sq V-11 G-IV 334sq 264 SH-14D MARHELI D-EEGD P149D ex Germany 92+18 D-EFTU FwP149D ex Germany 90+73 D-EGIT P149D as "AS+411" ES-TLC, ES-YLF L-39C Breitling Team ES-YLI, ES-YLP L-39C Breitling Team ES-YLS, ES-YLX L-39C Breitling Team ES-YLZ L-39C Skyline Aviation F-GSHG CM170 nn (F-ZWTH) NH90 travel exhibit c/n PT1 G-AJHS DH82A ex RAF N6866 G-BWGL "N-321" Hunter T8C ex RAF XF357 HB-HZA PC-21 Pilatus N116MA Lj36A Skyline Aviation N320SQ TB-25N as "232511" N39165 DC-2 as "PH-AJU" N55904 NA-64 ex Canada 3349 PH-AFS S11-1 ex KLu E-14 PH-DHC DHC-2 Mk1 ex KLu S-9 PH-GAZ PA-18-135 ex KLu R-109 PH-HOK S11-1 ex KLu E-29 PH-IIB AT-16 ex KLu B-118 PH-KHV Beech D18S as KLu "G-29" PH-LAB Ce550 NLR PH-MLM AT-16 ex KLu B-71 PH-NET Auster AOP5 ex RAF TJ347 PH-OUQ Spitfire LFIXc ex MK732 PH-PBY PBY-5A as MLD "16-218" PH-PPW PA-18-135 ex KLu R-122 PH-SLO S11-1 ex KLu E-38 The code of the Orions former unit, 'LA' of VP?5, was still vaguely visible. Flightline static side: A-247, A-292, A-301 SA316B 300sq E135/1, E158/2, E75/3 Alpha Jet E Patrouille de France E41/4, E117/5, E130/6 Alpha Jet E Patrouille de France E165/7, E163/8, E162/9 Alpha Jet E Patrouille de France E122/0 Alpha Jet E Patrouille de France Exhibition area and tents static side: (D-8256) F-104G i/a, cockpit only D-8312 F-104G std, 312sq mks J-016 F-16AM 312sq J-066 F-16BM 323sq spec mks J-226 F-16A i/a, fuselage only (J-229) F-16A i/a as "80229" J-248 F-16A i/a, fuselage only The J-066 was carrying special RNLAF Flight Test markings. Far side: FA131 F-16AM 2w spec mks C.15-45/12-03 EF-18A+ Ala 12 ZA670 Chinook HC2 18/27sq L-07, L-12 PC-7 131EMVOsq R-03* AB412SP 303sq SE-DXI "'34071/29" Hunter F58 ex Swiss J-4073 SE-DXM Hunter F58 ex Swiss J-4082 Far end of airfield: R90/61-ZH C-160R ET00.061 Air Power demonstration: D-106, D-663 CH-47D 298sq J-008, J-511, J-641 F-16AM 311sq 15 & 16 J-013, J-061, J-142 F-16AM 312sq 15 & 16 J-018 F-16AM 313sq 15 J-019 F-16AM nmks 15 & 16 J-020, J-063 F-16AM 313sq 16 J-197 F-16AM 311sq 15 J-270 F-16BM 313sq 15 & 16 J-368 F-16BM nmks 15 & 16 J-640, J-646 F-16AM 312sq 15 & 16 J-653, J-884 F-16BM 312sq 15 & 16 Q-08, Q-29 AH-64D 301sq S-445, S-459 AS532U2 300sq The J-640 carried anniversary markings of the 312sq, while the J-653 was marked "RNLAF Flight Test". On Friday the 15th the first two aircraft to take-off for the Air Power demonstration were the J-018 and J-142. The J-018 suffered a birdstrike just after take-off, which caused an engine stall. The 312sq pilot, callsign Kliko, released the external fuel tanks near the airbase and then managed to land the aircraft on the runway of Volkel. Due to this incident, the Air Power demonstration was cancelled this day and all F-16s that were ready for take-off returned to their shelters. Flying only: G-273 C-130H-30 334sq T-235 KDC-10 334sq Other civil aircraft: G-OFFO, G-ZEXL Extra 300 The Blades G-ZXCL, G-ZXEL Extra 300 The Blades JY-RFA, JY-RFB Extra 300 Royal Jord. Falcons JY-RFC, JY-RFD Extra 300 Royal Jord. Falcons RA-3085K, RA-1771K Yak-52 private RA-3446K Yak-50 private TC-ABS S2S private The annual open days of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (KLu) were located at Volkel this year, home of the majority of the Dutch F-16s. Even though the number of aircraft that air forces are able to send to air shows has been heavily reduced over the past years, the KLu managed to arrange a number of interesting visitors. The most interesting for most of the people was probably the Polish Fitter, which evoked memories of the past when these military jets were present in Europe in large numbers due to the cold war. Other beautiful oldies were the three Hunters that took to the sky and the French Super Etendards on the static display. The state-of-the-art of airpower was present with the French Rafales, as well as the Hungarian Gripen. Other interesting visitors included the US Navy Orion and the Turkish NF-5s (ex Royal Netherlands Air Force!) of the Turkish Stars demonstration team that visited the Netherlands for the first time. The organisation had a creative solution for the reducing number of aircraft at airshows: using the static line also to park most of the aircraft for the flying program. This gave the crowd the opportunity to watch the ground action prior to and after the flying displays. Talking about the organisation: they had quite a bit of non-standard situations this year. The birdstrike of the J-018 was already mentioned above, but they also had to cope with one of the Breitling L-39s getting off the taxi-track, the Belgian F-16 that had to cut-off the demonstration due to technical engine matters, the Patrouille de France that also had to cut-off their demonstration on Saturday due to a suddenly approaching rainstorm and last-but- not-least a B-52 that was in the neighbourhood (Geilenkirchen open day). When the B-52 entered Dutch airspace heading for Geilenkirchen, Dutchmil asked the crew if they would be able to do a flyby over Volkel. The crew was positive, but unfortunately the timing was quite bad and it was impossible to get a suitable display slot. So the BUFF headed straight to Geilenkirchen and was only visible from Volkel at a very large distance. The flying display itself was also affected by military budget cuts: even the reliable RAF is not demonstrating frequently anymore! This resulted in only two types of fast jets in the display: Spanish and Swiss F/A-18 Hornets and Belgian and Dutch F-16s. Still, the open days were a fun event again and we are already looking forward to next years show at Leeuwarden!