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Scramble 427 - December 2014

Amongst others, this month features specials about:


Anatolian Eagle 2014
From 9 until 20 June 2014, the Turkish Air Force organised another edition of their Anatolian Eagle exercise at its Anatolian Eagle Training Center (AETC) at the 3rd Main Jet Base in Konya, central Turkey. Traditionally, the second edition is an international exercise involving a wide array of countries. 


What ever happened to..... the C-23 Sherpa
As a result of the C-23 Divestiture Plan Execution Order of 2011, all C-23 models of the US Army were retired prematurely. All available Sherpas were flown to and stored at Henry Post Army Airfield at Fort Sill (OK), which is a large army field artillery training base with a large unused apron, to await their next possible destination. Scramble was invited to witness this retirement, ending the military career of this unglamorous workhorse.


In Focus

Aviation Day 2014 - 20 December - Nieuwegein

Plan your visit to the annual Aviation Day held in Event Centre Merwestein, Nieuwegein, the Netherlands on 20 December 2014. In co-operation with Spotting Group Volkel (winners of last year's NSK), the Dutch Aviation Society organizes a day where you can find books, models, framed pictures and much more at one of the many stands. Also you can test your knowledge of civil and military aviation by witnessing the National Dutch Spotting championships (NSK in Dutch, and organised by SGV) 2014.


In the evening we have an entertainment programme with some very interesting speakers. One guest has already been announced, and it is Dave 'Bio' Baranek. Indeed, one of the lucky few to work with Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer on Top Gun! He will talk about his career as aviator and in particular his stay with Top Gun. He will also focus on the making of the movie Top Gun and the aftermath. You don't want to miss this!


Our second guest of the evening is none other than Group Captain (rtd) Alastair ‘Monty’ Montgomery. Monty was one of the four Vulcan captains who were involved in the famous Black Buck missions to the Falklands. He will tell us the stunning story of this very daring operation that shocked their Argentinian opponents.