Spotting Highlights

Always ready - the NH90 from Eurocopter! 

RN-04 Belgium - Air Force Eurocopter NH-90 NFH 2017 07 14 EBFN Koksijde
RN-04 Belgium - Air Force Eurocopter NH-90 NFH 2017 07 14 EBFN Koksijde

For the Hawker Hunter lovers ;)

N-294 (G-KAXF ex. XF515) Private 2014 06 21 EHGR Gilze Rijen
N-294 (G-KAXF ex. XF515) Private 2014 06 21 EHGR Gilze Rijen

Up, up and away!

LX-SCV Cargolux Airlines International Boeing 747 4R7F 2013 11 09 EHBK Maastricht
LX-SCV Cargolux Airlines International Boeing 747 4R7F 2013 11 09 EHBK Maastricht

Full power -  the machine shows for what it was built ;) 

DDR-TAB Interflug PZL-106AR/2M Kruk 2013 09 07 EDST Hahnweide
DDR-TAB Interflug PZL-106AR/2M Kruk 2013 09 07 EDST Hahnweide

This nearly 40 years old Tristar is now stored at Bruntingthorpe. Nice lowpass at Fairford AirTattoo 2013.

ZD951 Royal Air Force Lockheed L-1011-Tristar K.1 2013 07 21 EGVA Fairford
ZD951 Royal Air Force Lockheed L-1011-Tristar K.1 2013 07 21 EGVA Fairford

Perfect banking for the public. All spotters could get the pictures they were looking for!

G-BWMF Aviation Heritage Gloster Meteor T.7 2013 07 21 EGVA Fairford
G-BWMF Aviation Heritage Gloster Meteor T.7 2013 07 21 EGVA Fairford

Shortly after this photo was taken, the Boeing 777 One-World was converted to its current livery. The Chrome version looked very classy :) 

N791AN American Airlines Boeing 777-223ER 2013 07 06 EDDF Frankfurt
N791AN American Airlines Boeing 777-223ER 2013 07 06 EDDF Frankfurt

A really great visitor to the Open Dagen 2013 in Volkel.

2506 Slovak Air Force Antonov AN-26 2013 06 16 EHVK Volkel
2506 Slovak Air Force Antonov AN-26 2013 06 16 EHVK Volkel

Now the Airbus A319 of the CSA flies through the sky in a Skyteam livery.

OK-OER Czech Airlines CSA Airbus A319 112 2013 04 20 EBBR Brüssel
OK-OER Czech Airlines CSA Airbus A319 112 2013 04 20 EBBR Brüssel

Meanwhile, this jet is already scrapped. Too bad - the Boeing 767ER was seen quite often at Brussels Airport. 

OO-TUC TUI Airlines Belgium Boeing 767-341(EF) 2013 04 20 EBBR Brüssel
OO-TUC TUI Airlines Belgium Boeing 767-341(EF) 2013 04 20 EBBR Brüssel

Move Your Imagination - www.poland.travel - nice sticker on a nice jet!

SP-LNB Lot Polish Airlines Embraer ERJ195LR (ERJ-190-200 LR) 2012 03 20 EDDF Frankfurt
SP-LNB Lot Polish Airlines Embraer ERJ195LR (ERJ-190-200 LR) 2012 03 20 EDDF Frankfurt

Nice catch at Frankfurt Airport, within 28 Years of service, this plane got seven different registrations :)

EC-LKV Gestair Boeing 767-383(ER)(BDSF) 2012 03 20 EDDF Frankfurt
EC-LKV Gestair Boeing 767-383(ER)(BDSF) 2012 03 20 EDDF Frankfurt

What a great design. You immediately get hungry for gummy bears*. 

D-ATUD Tuifly Boeing-737 8K5(WL) 2012 02 20 EDDF Frankfurt
D-ATUD Tuifly Boeing-737 8K5(WL) 2012 02 20 EDDF Frankfurt

Beautiful stickers to celebrate 100 years of air freight. Unfortunately, the stickers have quickly disappeared again. 

D-ALCC Lufthansa Cargo "100 Years of Air Cargo" McDonnell Douglas MD-11F 2012 01 15 EDDF Frankfurt
D-ALCC Lufthansa Cargo "100 Years of Air Cargo" McDonnell Douglas MD-11F 2012 01 15 EDDF Frankfurt

What a precision, what a speed. Simply unique, the Thunderbirds with their F-16 Fighting Falcons. 

Thunderbirds United States Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon 2011 07 06 EBFN Koksijde
Thunderbirds United States Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon 2011 07 06 EBFN Koksijde

The ADS-B Projekt - Ras Pi 3

Anyone who likes crafting and loves receiving all ADS-B information from aircraft will enjoy the ADS-B Raspberry Pi 3 project. Have fun discovering!


What a wonderful Rafale Demo! The picture below shows the high-speed-pass nearly the sound barrier.

113-IW Armée de-l´Air (French Air Force) Dassault Rafale 2011 06 18 LFSI St Dizier
113-IW Armée de-l´Air (French Air Force) Dassault Rafale 2011 06 18 LFSI St Dizier

Unfortunately, this aggressive Wasp is now retired. But fortunately she never had to be used in the Fulda Gap against tanks of the Warsaw-Pact.  This is a clear sign that, we are all now living in a more peaceful future.

86+49 German Army Messerschmitt Bölkow-Blohm (MBB) Bo-105 2013 08 17 ETMN Nordholz
86+49 German Army Messerschmitt Bölkow-Blohm (MBB) Bo-105 2013 08 17 ETMN Nordholz

For the Turboprop-Lovers, the shown Saab 2000 is cn 014!

SE-LRA Swedish Aircraft Holdings Saab 2000 2013 07 21 EGVA Fairford
SE-LRA Swedish Aircraft Holdings Saab 2000 2013 07 21 EGVA Fairford

At Nordholz there was one of the rare opportunities to get the one and only Do-24ATT. What an amazing plane!

D-CIDO Private Dornier Do-24ATT 2013 08 16 ETMN Nordholz
D-CIDO Private Dornier Do-24ATT 2013 08 16 ETMN Nordholz

Fortunately, this Cargo-Jet was seriously delayed. Only then was it possible to photograph the Solinair in daylight.

S5-ABS Solinair Airbus A300B4 2012 09 30 EDDK Köln
S5-ABS Solinair Airbus A300B4 2012 09 30 EDDK Köln

Deer-Jet, a very rare visitor at Frankfurt Airport. Probably the plane passengers want to go to a fair in Frankfurt.

B-5266 Deer Jet Boeing 737-7AK(BBJ) 2015 04 30 EDDF Frankfurt
B-5266 Deer Jet Boeing 737-7AK(BBJ) 2015 04 30 EDDF Frankfurt

Too bad that no An-148 can be seen in Germany anymore. This aircraft has always been a welcome guest. 

UR-NTC Ukraine International Airlines Antonov An-148-100B 2013 03 04 EDDF Frankfurt
UR-NTC Ukraine International Airlines Antonov An-148-100B 2013 03 04 EDDF Frankfurt

A very rare visitor at Nordholz.

SE-MAA Swedish Coast Guard Kustbevakning De Havilland Canada DHC 8-311Q Dash-8-MSA 2013 08 17 ETMN Nordholz
SE-MAA Swedish Coast Guard Kustbevakning De Havilland Canada DHC 8-311Q Dash-8-MSA 2013 08 17 ETMN Nordholz

This ATR-42 is Manufacturer Serial Number (MSN) 080, so this nice plane is nearly 30 years old. At the moment it is in service for "Air Europa Express". 

OY-CHT Denim Air Atr-42-300 2015 08 08 EHAM Amsterdam
OY-CHT Denim Air Atr-42-300 2015 08 08 EHAM Amsterdam

What a colorful plane, an amazing livery from Danish Air Transport. 

OY-LHB Danish Air Transport DAT ATR-72-202 2014 12 27 EKCH Copenhagen
OY-LHB Danish Air Transport DAT ATR-72-202 2014 12 27 EKCH Copenhagen

A wonderful winter day at Copenhagen Airport. Unfortunately at that time of the year, only a few hours a day allow good photos. 

LN-WDL Widerøe De Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash-8 2014 12 27 EKCH Copenhagen
LN-WDL Widerøe De Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash-8 2014 12 27 EKCH Copenhagen

What a nice catch at Aachen-Maastricht Airport.

A6-NIN Maximus Air Cargo Airbus A300B4-622R(F) 2013 02 10 EHBK Maastricht
A6-NIN Maximus Air Cargo Airbus A300B4-622R(F) 2013 02 10 EHBK Maastricht

Ex. Maximus Air Cargo, before it gets the nice EAT yellow livery.

D-AEAM EAT Leipzig Airbus A300B4-622R(F) 2014 05 31 EHAM Amsterdam
D-AEAM EAT Leipzig Airbus A300B4-622R(F) 2014 05 31 EHAM Amsterdam

I never got closer to a landing Alpha Jet.

"5" Patrouille de France Alpha Jet 2016 06 23 EBFS Florennes
"5" Patrouille de France Alpha Jet 2016 06 23 EBFS Florennes

When you see this nice scenery full of warmth , you become melancholy and you realize that the whole winter is ahead of you...

OY-SRJ Star Air Boeing-767-25E(BDSF) 2016 10 16 EDDK Köln
OY-SRJ Star Air Boeing-767-25E(BDSF) 2016 10 16 EDDK Köln

Volger Dnepr visited Cologne Bonn Airport very regularly with their IL76. I think the spotting position shown here can no longer be used - it's a shame.

RA-76503 Volga Dnepr Ilyushin IL76TD 90VD 2013 03 10 EDDK Köln
RA-76503 Volga Dnepr Ilyushin IL76TD 90VD 2013 03 10 EDDK Köln

A few years ago, the IL76 from Silk Way came quite regularly to the Cologne-Bonn Airport. Unfortunately, already equipped with quiet engines;) 

4K-AZ100 Silk Way Ilyushin IL 76TD 2013 02 20 EDDK Köln
4K-AZ100 Silk Way Ilyushin IL 76TD 2013 02 20 EDDK Köln

15 month later, this nice ATR was stored at Maastricht. Intersky ceased their operations on the 5th November 2015.

OE-LIB InterSky ATR-72 600 72-212a 2014 08 06 EDDL Düsseldorf
OE-LIB InterSky ATR-72 600 72-212a 2014 08 06 EDDL Düsseldorf

Slow and low, this was an amazing fly-by performed by the Czech -Air Force at "Nato Tiger Meet", edition 2014.  

9806 Czech - Air Force Mil Mi-171Sh Hip 2014 06 23 ETNS Jagel
9806 Czech - Air Force Mil Mi-171Sh Hip 2014 06 23 ETNS Jagel

Powerful NH-90 demostration at the "Open Dagen" in Gilze Rijen. 

N-277 Marine Luchtvaartdienst (Royal Netherlands Navy) 860Sq NH90NFH 2014 06 21 EHGR Gilze Rijen
N-277 Marine Luchtvaartdienst (Royal Netherlands Navy) 860Sq NH90NFH 2014 06 21 EHGR Gilze Rijen

Woowwww... Polish Airforce F-16 Block D in special Tiger livery at "Nato Tiger Meet". 

4084 Polish Airforce Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon 2014 06 23 ETNS Jagel
4084 Polish Airforce Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon 2014 06 23 ETNS Jagel

Blue smoke and a "Red arrow" - perfect complementary colors. 

Red Arrows BAE Hawk 2014 06 21 EHGR Gilze Rijen
Red Arrows BAE Hawk 2014 06 21 EHGR Gilze Rijen

What a nice fuel to noise converter, there was massive smoke while the take-off. 

UR-CKM Cavok Airlines Antonov AN-12BP 2014 05 13 EHBK Maastricht
UR-CKM Cavok Airlines Antonov AN-12BP 2014 05 13 EHBK Maastricht

One more jet which can´t be discovered in the sky anymore, the Avro from Brussels Airlines. Here to admire in full glory in the best light conditions, a few years ago.

OO-DJP SN Brussels Airlines British Aerospace Avro RJ85 2013 04 19 EBBR Brüssel
OO-DJP SN Brussels Airlines British Aerospace Avro RJ85 2013 04 19 EBBR Brüssel

This beautiful Embraer 170 has started her life at Finnair (OH-LEH). Here you can see her in the Estonia Air livery. Meanwhile the machine flies for Aeroméxico Connect (XA-ALO).

ES-AED Estonian Air Embraer ERJ 170LR 2013 04 19 EBBR Brüssel
ES-AED Estonian Air Embraer ERJ 170LR 2013 04 19 EBBR Brüssel

In Duesseldorf, planes from Qatar Amiri Flight can be often photographed. The sunset framed that nice Airbus 340-313 aircraft perfectly!

A7-AAH Qatar Amiri flight Airbus A430-313 2013 10 02 EDDL Düsseldorf
A7-AAH Qatar Amiri flight Airbus A430-313 2013 10 02 EDDL Düsseldorf

What a great machine, unfortunately, this Boeing 747 is very rare in our fields. The coherent paintwork also does not lose its fascination at these light conditions. Hopefully this machine will again visit the aircraft yard at Frankfurt Airport.

YI-ASA Iraqi Airways Boeing 747-4H6 2014 03 21 EDDF Frankfurt
YI-ASA Iraqi Airways Boeing 747-4H6 2014 03 21 EDDF Frankfurt

The Hungarian airline Malev existed since 1946, until it had to discontinue the flight operation in 2012. For many years the machines, from the day-to-day operation of the Frankfurt airport, were an integral part. In addition to the Fokker 70, the Boeing 737 was a frequently photographed pattern of this airline.

HA-LOF Málev Hungarian Airlines Boeing 737-6Q8 2011 09 28 EDDF Frankfurt
HA-LOF Málev Hungarian Airlines Boeing 737-6Q8 2011 09 28 EDDF Frankfurt

The aircraft yard in Mönchengladbach is always good for a surprise. Where else can we see a machine from Colombia in our region. 

OY-YBT SATENA ATR-42-500 2017 10 14 EDLN Mönchengladbach
OY-YBT SATENA ATR-42-500 2017 10 14 EDLN Mönchengladbach

A wonderful plane which I could photograph only once. The Sikorsky was one of the highlights at the oldtimer Fliegertreff Hahnweide 2011.

NC28V Private Sikorsky S-38C 2011 09 04 EDST Hahnweide
NC28V Private Sikorsky S-38C 2011 09 04 EDST Hahnweide

It was a special experience to see how agile the Bronco is. The reconnaissance aircraft can hardly be beaten in its agility! Hopefully, there will be a new edition of the "Oldtimertreffen Hahnweide" again, so that the airplane will be shown again.

99+24 aka. F-ZAKM Private North American OV-10B Bronco 2011 09 04 EDST Hahnweide
99+24 aka. F-ZAKM Private North American OV-10B Bronco 2011 09 04 EDST Hahnweide

A few month after this shoot "Contact Air" ceased their operation. So this was one of the rare opportunities to catch this plane. More than five years later we realize that the area of the Fokker comes now to an end.

D-AFKF Contact Air "Star Alliance" Fokker 100 2011 03 22 EDDL Düsseldorf
D-AFKF Contact Air "Star Alliance" Fokker 100 2011 03 22 EDDL Düsseldorf

The first and the last chance for me to get this stunnig Lisunov Li-2T in flight. What an amazing visitor at "Hahnenweide Oldtimer Treffen 2011".

HA-LIX Goldtimer Foundation "Malév Hungarian Airlines" Lisunov Li-2T 2011 09 03 EDST Hahnweide
HA-LIX Goldtimer Foundation "Malév Hungarian Airlines" Lisunov Li-2T 2011 09 03 EDST Hahnweide

Four IHI-XF7-turbofan powerplant make this small plane very powerful. The overwhelming performance was perfectly presented at RIAT 2015.

5504 Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Kawasaki P-1 2015 07 18 EGVA Fairford
5504 Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Kawasaki P-1 2015 07 18 EGVA Fairford

This nice looking Airbus A330F from MNG is named "Murathan", it is the only A330 in the Fleet. Nice catch during perfect evening conditions ;)

TC-MCZ MNG Airlines Airbus A330-243F 2015 07 29 EDDF Frankfurt
TC-MCZ MNG Airlines Airbus A330-243F 2015 07 29 EDDF Frankfurt

American Airlines with one of their amazing Boeing 777-223ER climbing up into the sky. Nice One World livery ;)

N791AN American Airlines "One World" Boeing 777 223ER 2017 01 05 EDDF Frankfurt
N791AN American Airlines "One World" Boeing 777 223ER 2017 01 05 EDDF Frankfurt

Sad that there is no more Thai International Airways Boeing 747 in Frankfurt.

HS-TGW Thai Airways International Boeing-747-4D7 2015 04 18 EDDF Frankfurt
HS-TGW Thai Airways International Boeing-747-4D7 2015 04 18 EDDF Frankfurt

What a nice MD-11, 2006 there was a special football decal mounted. This was the last time I saw this Pax Varig. Six years later I recognized that the plane was converted to a cargo MD-11F...

PP-VTI Varig McDonnell Douglas MD-11 2006 12 15 EDDF Frankfurt
PP-VTI Varig McDonnell Douglas MD-11 2006 12 15 EDDF Frankfurt

...and again, the plane is heavy in use. Line Number 494 was born in march 1994.

N290UP United Parcel Service (UPS) McDonnell Douglas MD-11F 2012 09 30 EDDK Köln
N290UP United Parcel Service (UPS) McDonnell Douglas MD-11F 2012 09 30 EDDK Köln

A perfect combination, the football nose and the Star Alliance outfit. The machine flew so only a very manageable time.

D-ABTH Lufthansa Boeing 747-430(M) "Star Alliance with Footballnose" 2006 12 15 EDDF Frankfurt
D-ABTH Lufthansa Boeing 747-430(M) "Star Alliance with Footballnose" 2006 12 15 EDDF Frankfurt

This beautiful Jet advertises for the amusement park "Europa Park".

D-ABDQ Eurowings Airbus A320-214 2017 10 07 EDDS Stuttgart
D-ABDQ Eurowings Airbus A320-214 2017 10 07 EDDS Stuttgart

Death and transience are immediately present. The spare parts warehouse followed after 20 years of service...

SX-BIA Olympic Aviation ATR 42-320, SX-BIH Olympic Aviation ATR 42-320 2014 05 13 EDLN Mönchengladbach Dawn Sunrise
SX-BIA Olympic Aviation ATR 42-320, SX-BIH Olympic Aviation ATR 42-320 2014 05 13 EDLN Mönchengladbach

What a perfect moment, after a thunderstorm this beautiful ATR was presented in this contrast full light. This ex Air Dolomiti is now stored at Cotswold Airport, sad end for a workhorse.

8Q-VAR KalStar Aviation ATR 42-500 2015 05 25 EDLN Mönchengladbach after Thunderstorm Werft RAS
8Q-VAR KalStar Aviation ATR 42-500 2015 05 25 EDLN Mönchengladbach

Just seconds after take-off, this stunning livery from Cathay Pacific. This is one of these moments you want to sit in this plane ;) 

B-LRC Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-941 2017 01 28 EDDL Düsseldorf Besucherterrasse Spectator Flugzeug Plane Sixt Jet
B-LRC Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-941 2017 01 28 EDDL Düsseldorf

Very sad to hear that Monarch Airlines ceased all operations, we will miss the appearance at European Airports. Here the oldest airplane in Monarch colors which still exist. 

G-AOVT Monarch Airline Bristol 175 Britannia 2007 12 15 EGSU Duxford Museum Stunning livery Flying Legend 2017 2016 2015 2014
G-AOVT Monarch Airline Bristol 175 Britannia 2007 12 15 EGSU Duxford

What a stunning Biz-Jet, the "Khaled and Reem" named Jumbo is very impressive. The Airline "Kingdom Aircraft II LLC" visit often the airport Le Bourget in Paris. So, who want to get this plane just had to go there from time to time.

HZ-WBT7 Boeing 747 2014 08 31 LFPB Le Bourget Museum Museum Biz Jet Business Flugzeug Jumbo Spotting Spotter Famous
HZ-WBT7 Boeing 747 2014 08 31 LFPB Le Bourget Museum

This Gnat was an lovely visitor at RIAT 2014. This was the first and last time to see this type in the air. 

XS111 Gnat (Folland Gnat T.Mk1) 2014 07 03 EGVA Fairford RIAT 2014 Classic Klassiker Display Jet Start waving Pilot
XS111 Gnat (Folland Gnat T.Mk1) 2014 07 03 EGVA Fairford

The Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II show his amazing flying display with some hovering moments ;)

12-5042 United States - US Airforce (USAF)  Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II 2016 07 09 EGVA Fairford Energy Power Display amazing stunning
12-5042 United States - US Airforce (USAF) Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II 2016 07 09 EGVA Fairford

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