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Scramble 476 - January 2019

Scramble issue 476 is filled with 120 pages of aviation news and three specials.

Lebanon at 75

Six page artivle on the 75-year anniversary of the Lebanese armed forces. Our editors Erwin van Dijkman en Wim Sonneveld were present for the aerial parade conducted in honour of Lebanon’s Independence Day, on 22 November 2018.

Samurai's Phantom's Pharewell

On 2 December 2018, a small airshow was held at Hyakuri air base, Ibaraki prefecture. The occasion was to mark the final operating days of 302nd Hikotai (Tactical Fighter Squadron). This unit is one of the last three front line Phantom squadrons of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. The unit will withdraw all of its remaining Phantoms in March 2019.

Thunder through the valleys

A book review of Philip Stevens’ “Thunder Through The Valleys” – low level flying – low level photography, which has been published in November 2018.


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In Focus

Aviation Day 2018

What a great day it was Saturday, 5 January! For those interested, after a fierce battle this was the end-result of the 29th Dutch Spotters Chapionships (NSK).

Compliments to the Eindhoven Welschap Aviation Society (EWAS) for compiling this years NSK (and staying true to its local colours with quite a few questions regarding Eindhoven and its famous inhabitants) and of course to the fifteen teams participating this! Congratulations to Aviation Group Leeuwarden 1 that beat Scramble team 1 in the final phase of the competion. Also great to see On Dutch Wings again and the youngsters of the Woensdrecht Aviation Society, who did not fear to battle the many "spotter-o-saurus"in the other teams. Hopefully Spotting Group Maastricht will join us again for the NSK 2019.

We are also looking back on a great day at our marvelous new location Skydeck Teuge at Teuge Airport, with a well attended Air Fete (75 stand holders) and the impressive F-16AM simulator.

Quite a few people took the opportunity to photograph the resident MIG-21, MIG-23 and O-2 after the proceedings had been concluded, taking advantage of the many colours offered by Skydeck. Hopefully we can provide some additional photographic possibillities next time.

There is a chance we will be organising an evening programme again for the next event, we will let you know in due course. 

To everybody that attended, thanks for visiting!