60 years JG71 "Richthofen", Wittmund AFB

Published on 28 June 2019 at 13:00

This trip was planned to take pictures of the local Typhoon and Skyhawk aircraft and to witness the arrivals on Friday for the "family day" on Saturday. I booked the hotel on monday, for a three day trip. Later on that day sad news about a midair collision between two Typhoons, killing one pilot, appeared on facebook. This could affect the flying the next few days. Still decided to try my luck, since the hotel was booked and payed for.

On arriving in the hotel on tuesday, info was posted on facebook that the "family day" was cancelled out of respect for the pilot who was killed a day earlier. Needless to say that on the first day of spotting expectations were very low. But behold and believe the Typhoons and Skyhawks flew very well and in large numbers. I managed to score all of the six airworthy Skyhawks from "Top Aces". And 15 different Typhoons. To top things off three visitors found Wittmund over a two day period. A Transall, Tornado and Sea King. The cherry on the cake was the news that the planned roll-out of the special paint "60 years JG71 Richthofen" would take place in the morning as planned. The first flight of a special paint is always something exciting. And it's a beauty. So on Friday around noon I drove home with lots of pictures. 

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