Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Serge van Oosterzee - Translation: Marc Arys  İsbap 2020
      
The current health crisis means that almost all the airshows of the 2020 season have been canceled and there is a good chance that the few remaining events will also be.
Having "released the reins" too early to ensure financial income of holidaymakers, was probably a big mistake, even the biggest one that we will pay for for the rest of 2020, or even 2021.

Moreover, the Belgian people are currently no more welcome across the Channel, in the United Kingdom of Boris Johnson and his henchmen, in reaction to the upsurge of the Covid, while they are not better students in the management of this crisis as the Belgian authorities…

So, this committed the editorial staff to turn to other events and we put our focus and cameras on Germany. As some exercises were emerging in Germany, it seemed appropriate for us to attend some operational days hosted by the Luftwaffe and therefore take the 'temperature' of the missions.
Hence this year, we went for the first time to the Fliegerhorst Nörvenich located in Nordrhein-Westfalen and were able witness the missions of the Typhoons marked with the Ritterkreuz and bearing the markings of the Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 31 "Boelcke" and this, before a series of exercises which will mark forever the contemporary history of Germany... But this will be the subject of another page.

If you are interested in a little history of the base and the Wing, you can find some informations in our page published in 2019, devoted to this airbase which is not really far from our little Belgian country.
Do not hesitate to have a look at the page through the following link:
http://www.sbap.be/events/2019/034norvenich2019/034norvenich2019.htm

Ready ... the Eurofighter Typhoons and their twin Eurojet EJ200-3A are coming... Have a nice flight!

  
 Ready for action (İSerge Van Heertum)
     
  
 The first Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft were accepted by the Luftwaffe in 2003
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
 Full power take off for the "Tranche 4 / Quadriga project" special paint
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
31+29 (c/n GS0089) on taxi
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
Followed by the 31+37 (c/n GS0097)
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
And the 31+52 (c/n GS0112) to make the trio
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
Holding point and ready for take off
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
Low level pass before the break
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
31+37 at landing
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
Bell UH-1D 71+53 (c/n 8213) from Transporthubschrauber regiment 30 detached at Nörvenich
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
The 31+40 (c/n GS0100) at landing
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
Its delta design gives it a respectable wing surface
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
Afternoon missions
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
With the landing lights of the runway 25
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
The power of the two Eurojet EJ200-3A
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
The two-seater version on taxi
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
The EF2000(T) 30+54 (c/n GT016) lines up
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
Ready for a little blow of the hair dryer?
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
Join up at holding point for the 31+40 (c/n GS0100)
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
Little pass above the runway before landing
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
Few seconds before the tactical break
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
Landing in the summer heat
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
The aircraft is equipped with a Rafael Litening III targeting pod at center line
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
Some touch and go for the 31+43 (c/n GS0103)
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
A second approach
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
Close up on the nose section
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
The 31+29 (c/n GS0089)
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
Few second before the touch
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
Mission accomplished for the 31+40
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
The last of the day, the 30+54
(İSerge van Oosterzee)
  
  
Almost 20 years of service already, but the profile side still show a racy line
(İSerge Van Heertum)
Rafael Litening III targeting pod on the move
(İSerge Van Heertum)
Last chance point check
(İSerge Van Heertum)
31+49 (c/n GS0109) with the special paint "Tranche 4 / Quadriga Project"
The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to replace the existing Tranche 1 fleet with new built Eurofighter.
Luftwaffe will receive 38 new production aircraft (7 Twin Seater & 26 Single Seater firm + 5 Single Seater optional).
The aircraft standard will be equipped with the E-SCAN Radar including a new Multichannel Receiver.
The German MoD seeks also to replace its ageing Tornado fleet by 2030 by the last Tranche 4 version;
The requirement should be for a total of 85 aircraft split in 2 batches: 45 aircraft with strategic capabilites and 40 aircraft with an Escort Jammer capability.
(İSerge Van Heertum)
A Typhoon trio at last check point
(İSerge Van Heertum)
Seen from the front with the deformation of the heat makes it "aggressive"
(İSerge Van Heertum)
The 31+37 will be in the air soon
(İSerge Van Heertum)
Alignment on the 25
(İSerge Van Heertum)
Waiting the controller clearance now
(İSerge Van Heertum)
31+52 will take the center line of the runway
(İSerge Van Heertum)
The 30+52 (c/n GS037) on taxi
(İSerge Van Heertum)
Have a nice flight !
(İSerge Van Heertum)
A Typhoon pair ready for take off
(İSerge Van Heertum)
Bell UH-1D 71+53 from THR 30 is normally based at Niederstetten
(İSerge Van Heertum)
Sharp turn for the 31+49
(İSerge Van Heertum)
A colorful, but attractive decoration
(İSerge Van Heertum)
The south side of the base showing the big multiple shelters
(İSerge Van Heertum)
The 31+27 (c/n GT0030) ready for his afternoon mission
(İSerge Van Heertum)
A little jet wash...
(İSerge Van Heertum)
The 30 + 54 in the savannah like a wild beast on the prowl
(İSerge Van Heertum)
This is not used to dry clothes or to light up the cornfield
(İSerge Van Heertum)
A pair in the runway axis
(İSerge Van Heertum)
Follow the landing lights!
(İSerge Van Heertum)
A big delta wing
(İSerge Van Heertum)
Overshoot for the 31+4
(İSerge Van Heertum)
Typhoon above the cornfield
(İSerge Van Heertum)
A registration that says a lot ... don't forget to smile
(İSerge Van Heertum)
Fighter pair in action
(İSerge Van Heertum)
Last turn to get the runway axis
(İSerge Van Heertum)
Camoufled 31+29
(İSerge Van Heertum)
He knows how to manage typhoons!
(İSerge Van Heertum)
Sun and metal effects on the last landing of this operational day
(İSerge Van Heertum)
 

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