Bavarian Nights Part 2 - Kaufbeuren Airfield 24.03.2010

Bavarian Nights Part 2 - Kaufbeuren Airfield 24.03.2010

Postby MigF4 on Sun 04 Apr 2010, 1:33 pm

Hi gents,

In occasion with two shootings in Bavaria, one was in Manching for the 50 years anniversary Tornado IDS and even the mighty F-4 Phantom of the WTD 61, we traveled last week Tuesday and Wednesday to Bavaria, as the wx forecast was more as good for these days.

So another stop was in Kaufbeuren Airfield, Home of TSLw1, which is responsible e.g. for training of maintenance personal on Tornado, Eurofighter and Phantom, and also for

The TSLw 1 (Technical School of the Air Force) is responsible for training of officers, noncommissioned officers, crew, and the non-military civilian personal from all branches, e.g. Army, Air Force, Navy. They are also resposnible for the training of military air traffic control personal too.

Due to weather and other factors, last week we were able to shoot over day and even during a brilliant sunset into a incredible "magic hour"......
My main focus was one of only two still in "Norm 72" camouflaged F-4F of the TSLw1, and especially 37+14 was adorned with some special markings, for the 50 years anniversary of the F-4 in 2008

The a/c was one of the first German F-4´s which came to Germany on Sept. 25,1973, the a/c which was involved was 37+14.

The a/c flew only twice in Germany, first was the flight from St.Louis to Jever and the last flight ever took place April 2, 1974 when the a/c flew to Kaufbeuren as instructional airframe. and never flew again.Only 22:20 operating hours has this particular F-4 Phantom.When I took the pictures was the last time ever pictures were available, as this a/c will be now on display in Kaufbeuren as a gate guard, and was before adorned with 50 years anniv. F-4 Phantom makrings too.

This particular F-4F was officially handedover to the German Air Force 36 years ago on Sept. 25, 1973.
This F-4F was adorned with a couple of more special markings:

-50 years F-4 Phantom II 1958-2008
-I am a legend
-German flag insignia


My special thanks must go to everyone involved, and of course my host unit the TSLw 1, and all the air and ground crews that worked hard to prepare the specially adorned F-4F, and make this shooting to happen..... from illuminate the jet, technicians who were responsible for switching on all lights on both a/c, etc. and everyone did an extraordinary job!!!
The F-4 was since 1974 in use as instructional airframes on base and will be now on display as a gate-guard for the rest of her live..... and was replaced by an "up to date" F-4 from Wittmund last year.

Here you will find my personal highlights from the visit in Kaufbeuren, as the special colored a/c have been my main focus during this visit off course.
All the hard work has paid off, and the results are these great images.
And with plenty of sun that day in Kaufbeuren and Manching on both days, it was a great scenery.... and as there was still a bit of spare time, we spent some time to shoot some locals before the nighshooting started.
kaufbeuren is a great place with so many different a/c around there...so we could see for example F-4 , Eurofighter, Bell UH-1D , F-104´s and many, many other unique a/c and helicopter....

Ok enough of my blabla, and the impressions will tell the rest of the story, as always......
More will follow.......and as always c & c are more as , and thanks for watching

Cheers,
Mick

A picture from the beautiful Allgaeu as the opening for my story....as we had still some snow in 700m height that day

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We had also 5 Bo-105 onbase for familiarization flights in the nearby alps

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One is comming into land with snow skids.....

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Sunset over Kaufbeuren.....

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In several hangars u can see all kind of a/c in use for training purposes. Here a few examples....first the last spec colored JaboG 34 F-104

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One of the early Tornado IDS , still in old camo....

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Or some newer ones....

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Anyone interested in Phantoms...we have a couple

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Also the Bavarian Police has over daytime a helicopter on stand-by there....

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My "dream-hall" beside the Phantom one...two Starfighter´s which seems they can depart right away...

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They have also a Huey and a "piggi" here for training....

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We could also witness, how u "swap" a Canon of a Phantom. I have never seen thart before....

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Then it was time to look at our main point of interest that day....the 37+14 - what a beauty

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50 years of Phantom

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My first idea that day was to bring her for the last time on to the runway...and here we go, Rwy 02 with the 37+14

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We had also a nice sunset on 700m height too....

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And with some lights on to the jet, we could also see her comming back into live for the last time....

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Nearby alps were also a nice photo object too

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And finally with some additional water and a nice mirror effect, we could also capture the "magic hour" - a dream came true that evening

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Cheers,
Mick

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Re: Bavarian Nights Part 2 - Kaufbeuren Airfield 24.03.2010

Postby TheDuck on Mon 05 Apr 2010, 12:52 am

Nice set, the F-104's look amazingly well kept. Nice pictures of the F-4 as well, fond memories of seeing German F-4's fly as they are the only F-4's I've ever seen fly. Lovely pictures. :clap:
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Re: Bavarian Nights Part 2 - Kaufbeuren Airfield 24.03.2010

Postby Macc on Mon 05 Apr 2010, 9:07 am

Superb again Michael! Always love your photos, full of vivacity and colour!
Chris.
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Re: Bavarian Nights Part 2 - Kaufbeuren Airfield 24.03.2010

Postby Crossbow on Mon 05 Apr 2010, 12:02 pm

Hello Mick

Stunning Set.! Happy 37+14 is leaving in Stlye.
Thank you.Keep them coming.

Rgds

Hans :yahoo: :yahoo: :rock: :rock:
HJ Breuer
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Re: Bavarian Nights Part 2 - Kaufbeuren Airfield 24.03.2010

Postby MigF4 on Mon 05 Apr 2010, 12:59 pm

@all

Thanks for all your comments :clap: :clap:
Here is now part II of my impressions from Kaufbeuren, hope u still enjoy them!

Cheers
Mick

Bo deployment...

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RTB of the mountain boys...

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Soon on display too, unfortunately no one could remove the cover....

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Moon tail.....

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Looks brilliant, luckily not scrapped.....and in use as a i/a

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Still in old camo...

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Another ´104 still in a really good shape....

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Strap-in and go.....

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Some details.....

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Ground-crew training in progress....

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The "new" replacement for the 37+14 is 38+61.....

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also a nice tail, and adorned with some nice stickers too....

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ACHTUNG - CAUTION

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For the modeller´s here.....

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Rwy shooting....

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And with the additional water.....u got this one

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Then it was time for sunset.....

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A bit of more details.....

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A bit higher, I was on top of a fire truck for this one....

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A shot I made as "big thanks" for the fire crews....really like this one

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And last but not least - personally my best shot of that day ehh night, was this one.As I really like the angle on that one.....

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Cheers,
Mick

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Re: Bavarian Nights Part 2 - Kaufbeuren Airfield 24.03.2010

Postby jimbob1194 on Mon 05 Apr 2010, 1:11 pm

Fantastic set :clap: :rock:

James
The Mustang won't do what a Spitfire does, but it does it over Berlin.
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Re: Bavarian Nights Part 2 - Kaufbeuren Airfield 24.03.2010

Postby Rumwolf on Mon 05 Apr 2010, 5:16 pm

All stunning. Thanks for sharing.
Rumwolf

Re: Bavarian Nights Part 2 - Kaufbeuren Airfield 24.03.2010

Postby nigelblake on Mon 05 Apr 2010, 5:27 pm

Fantastic set of images, many thanks for showing them to us!
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Re: Bavarian Nights Part 2 - Kaufbeuren Airfield 24.03.2010

Postby Father Ted on Mon 05 Apr 2010, 8:07 pm

Simply a lovely set of shots , more colour than i have seen in a very loooong time !!!!!

Thank you !! :clap: :clap: :clap: :topbombing:
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Re: Bavarian Nights Part 2 - Kaufbeuren Airfield 24.03.2010

Postby CH2 on Mon 05 Apr 2010, 9:20 pm

A great set with some real aircraft! Thanks for taking the time to write down a detailed account of the trip. Top job. :clap:

Shames a shame to stick her on a gate, with so few hours though.
Cheers,

Chris
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Re: Bavarian Nights Part 2 - Kaufbeuren Airfield 24.03.2010

Postby Kieron on Tue 06 Apr 2010, 9:51 pm

An excellent set, very well put together, I do like the Phantom shots, especially the last one.
Kieron

Re: Bavarian Nights Part 2 - Kaufbeuren Airfield 24.03.2010

Postby tu114cleat on Wed 07 Apr 2010, 2:56 pm

Excellent photography as usual Mick. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Much as I like the Phantoms I think the F 104 has to be the premier aircraft for me.
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