Welcome to my Gallery - with pictures from Airshows, Museums and Spotting locations.
This is very much still Work in Progress - so come back once in a while for new photo collections.
Note that all photos have been taken by myself in the last couple of years...

Have fun !

Volker Vormstein

KeeBee 2018

KeeBee 2018

233 photos

Belgian Airforce Days
Kleine Brogel Airbase
08./09.September 2018

The Airforce Days presented a Cross Section of Military Aviation on Ground and in the Air. The BAF presented their units and the Airforce as a workplace in a very professional manner. Good weather ( some clouds .. but all Displays could perform at least medium shows) helped a lot to get some decent shots...

My personal favourite was the Ukrainian Flanker Display. Would have loved, however, to see the F35 and the Mig29 in the air as well...but you can't have everything ...

 

ILA 2018 Berlin

ILA 2018 Berlin

150 photos

27.04.2018 Berlin

Friday exhibitions of the ILA 2018 at Berlin Schoenefeld airport area.
First public showday. Air and ground displays less than optimal. A lot of visiting aircraft did NOT display on that day ( Patrulla Aguila, Gripen, Kawasaki P1) or did not yet arrive ( D-ABYA, Ju-52, almost all of Red Bull's displays).
So .. not worth the money for the Business ticket...
Most impressive display: A350 XWB .. Rest was standard.
Nice to see the AN-225 again...

All in all disappointing.

 

 

Sanicole 2017

Sanicole 2017

192 photos

September 8-10, 2017

Friday's Sunset Airshow suffered a bit due to the bad weather which did not allow participation of all planned displays ; notably the RAF did not show up ... the others did their best to entertain the public.
Saturday did not start promising as well .. heavy rainshowers on my way to KeeBee .. but once there, the cloud base opened up and perfect weather prevailed for the day - which meant tons of photos !
Sunday's Sanicole Airshow was amazing - I wonder how the Flying Club always manages to present one of  the most impressive lineups in Europe - maybe only second to RIAT.
I certainly enjoyed the two and a half days and certainly plan to be back in two years time .. 

RIAT 2017

RIAT 2017

246 photos

16./17.July 2017 - RAF Fairford

Took a bus trip with 4Aviation for the Sunday show and the Monday departures..Really good organization, but still a challenge.. 4 complete days and only 5 hours in a real (hotel)bed.. Anyway: Sunday was mostly overcast with an intermittent low cloudbase that only allowed for flat or rolling displays. Luckily, all planned displays could be performed. Needless to say, RIAT is THE biggest military airhow in Europe .. and they proved it. USAF Thunderbirds, Raptor Display, Surprise B2 Flypast, Ukrainian SU27 Display , UK Apache Display with lots of pyrotechnic, U2, B1, B52 in static display .. Couteau Delta etc etc...
And Monday was not less interesting with most of the visiting aircraft departing in a 5 hour timeframe. Too bad the big boys (B52 and B1) only left on tuesday...
Anyway , the trip was absolutely worth the effort!

St.Dizier 2017

St.Dizier 2017

137 photos

Meeting de l'Air at BA113 Airbase in St.Dizier, France

01./02. July 2017

Had to leave early at 02:30 AM on Saturday to be on base at 06:30 for Spotter accreditation.. and then it started raining at 08:00 AM and did not stop until 02:00 PM when I decieded to cut short the first day .. which left Sunday to take pictures. Although cloudy throughout most of the day, all displays could take place and there was a chance for some decent photos....

OTT 2016

OTT 2016

192 photos

Oldtimer-Treff 2016
09.-11.09.2016 - Hahnweide

Fliegergruppe Wolf Hirth again put on an impressive Oldtimer Meeting with more than 350 planes at the airfield and lots of them in aerial display .. from gliders to Biplanes to Warbirds. One can hardly believe that this event is planned and executed by a private flying club and with the help of lots of volunteers... All the thousands of work hours : Very much appreciated by all visitors.

And the weather coldn't have been better .. sunny skies throughout the whole weekend.

Hopefully, we'll see another 'OTT' within the next years !

Photos in this album are a selection of more than 1000 that I took during the Saturday event.

Florennes 2016

Florennes 2016

122 photos

Belgian Air Force Days 2016
25./26. June 2016

The weather presented itself again less than perfect on both days.
Low Clouds with intermittent rainshowers - just as forecasted.

Saturday most teams managed to do high shows, though. Sunday was not so lucky...

Some nice shots made it through the filter, though...

Leeuwarden 2016

Leeuwarden 2016

218 photos

RNLAF Open Dagen on June 10&11 2016 - this year dubbed 'Operatie Luchsteun'.

Pictures from both airshow days as well as Rehearsals and arrivals on Thursday June 9 - which had to be cut short after the Patrouille Suisse Crash.

Both days had less-than-perfect weather for taking photos , but at least most teams could perform their high shows. Star of the event was without doubt the dutch F35 which made its European airshow debut participating in the daily Airpower Demo.

Sanicole 2015

Sanicole 2015

81 photos

Sanicole Airshow 2015 and Spotters Day on Kleine Brogel Airbase

Spotters Day on Saturday (Sept 19) started with an overcast sky and less-than-perfect photo conditions. Around noon, weather conditions changed and the afternoon was perfect. Sunday Sanicole Airshow (Sept. 20) had the usual backlight problem but otherwise , chances for a good shot were ok.

Rivolto 2015

Rivolto 2015

59 photos

55th birthday of Frecce Tricolori - Airshow in Rivolto 0n 05./06. September 2016 .

Saturday started out with lousy weather until Noon . After that and on Sunday - perfect conditions for some nice shots.

With exception of the Reds , all European Top Teams were present. Fabulous show !

Breitscheid 2015

Breitscheid 2015

71 photos

Airshow Breitscheid , 30.08.2015

The Luftsportgruppe Breitscheid-Haiger again managed to present a formidable Lineup of Biplanes , Warbirds , Aerobatics and 'Power Displays'. Sunshine all day long helped to get some nice pictures - even with the usual backlight conditions.

Great Day ! Thanks to the Organizers !

Luxeuil 2015

Luxeuil 2015

83 photos

Meeting Aerienne - Luxeuil-les-Bains (Spotters Day & Saturday Show)

Great Spotters Day on Friday , June 26. Perfect weather and photo locations along the main runway. Armée de l'Air organized the day very well. Saturday show was ok, but photo locations not optimal as a wall blocked view to the runway...