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Scramble 428 - January 2015

Amongst others, this month features specials about:

 

Hellenic Corsairs
2014 witnessed another retirement of an iconic Cold War era fighter type. For at least a decade the Elliniki Polemiki Aeroporia (EPA, or Hellenic Air Force) was the last air force to operate the Ling Temco Vought A-7 Corsair II. On 17 October 2014, the EPA retired their beloved Corsairs in a, by any means, honourable way with an event at Araxos. This, and a publication by the EPA covering the service history of the A-7 in Greek service, is enough reasons to mark the unfortunate but inevitable retirement of this remarkable aircraft! 

 

Fast and Furious
Now that Hawker’s famous (Sea) Fury design has reached its 70th birthday, the time has come to shed a light on the European survivors of the type..

 

 
In Focus

Aviation Day 2014

Well, the event of the year is over, and what an event it was...

 

First of all there was the busy Air Fete, attended by lots of aviation enthousiasts looking for that bargain buy or a missing piece of their collection. The organisers and those attended had a great time and sold a fair amount as well, everybody happy!

 

Then it was time for the NSK, Nationale Spotters-kampioenschappen or Dutch Spotters Championships. It was a very challenging and innovative quiz! Especially the 'spotting with obstacles' and preserved aircraft in Holland required the best of the participating 15 teams! It was a very closely contested affair and in the end Scramble 1 (consisting of Paul van der Linden, Marco Pennings and Leo Hoogerbrugge) prevailed with a total amount of 304 points. leaving On Dutch Wings with 287 points and EWAS with 277 in their wake. Of course this means we will have the honour of organising the NSK for next year, and we will strive to top this years quiz, which will not be easy!

 

After a quick bite to eat it was time for the last high light of the day, our evening programma with Dave 'Bio' Baranek and Alastair 'Monty' Montgomery. Bio talked about his career, leading up to the making of 'Top Gun' (who hasn't seen that iconic movie?) and had lots of cool anecdotes to share. He said he could have easily talked for a lot longer, had it not been for our second guest, Monty. After a quick break everybody was laughing with Monty and his jokes. He put together a fascinating story on the Black Bull...sorry... Buck missions during the Falkland War. Both of them had time to answer a few questions, and then it was time for a well deserved drink in the bar.

 

All in all a day to look back too with great pride and joy, and obviously we will be back next year! Thank you to everyone who participated in making it a success!