The annual "Open Dagen" of the Dutch Airforce was held at the Volkel airbase in 2004. Highlights included the RAF Red Arrows, the Patrouille de France, a german Tornado and the Swiss F/A-18 Hornet.
51° 39' 15.59" N
5° 41' 16.19" E
Volkel Air Base
In June of 2004 there was a "Trainers Meet" photocall at Beauvechain airbase.
There was a big local presentation of the belgiam Marchetti, Alpha Jets (before the move to France) and the F-16B.
Foreign visitors included 2 Spanish F-5B's, 2 French Epsilons, a UK Hawk and an F-4 Phantom.
Beauvechain Air Base
50° 45' 18.59" N
4° 46' 3.59" E
The largest Belgian airshow in 2004 was held at Koksijde.
Koksijde is the home of the Seaking SAR helicopter (star of the "Windkracht 10" show). As always they provide a perfect search and rescue demonstration for the large crowds.
Other demonstrations were provided by a rare Italian Tornado, an Italian AMX and a Swedish Gripen.
51° 05' 52.55" N
2° 35' 37.25" E
Koksijde Air Base
Our first visit to the Flying Legends airshow at beautiful Duxford and it immediately won us over.
A true must see for every warbird enthousiast.
Fourteen different Spitfires, four Mustangs, two B-17's and two B-25's were amongst the vast lineup of impeccably restored aircraft.
52° 05' 21.00" N
0° 07' 27.60" E
The 2004 edition of the Royal International Air Tattoo celebrated the 60th aniversary of D-Day, 100 years of Entente Cordiale, Fighter 2004 and 50 years of the mighty Hercules.
Further highlights included displays of the Red Arrows, the Patrouille Suisse, a Sea Harrier FA2, the F-15C East Coast Demo Team, a F-117 Stealth Fighter and the first appearance of a US-Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet, which gave away a stunning performance whilst carrying a full weapons load.
51° 40' 33.59" N
-1° 47' 14.39" W
The Sanicole airshow provided us with a few rare demonstrations this year.
There was a display by a German Tornado in a special color scheme and a rare A-10 demonstration.
Other appearances were made by a French Mirage 2000 and a British Harrier.
51° 07′ 12″ N
005° 18′26″ E
Payerne hosted the Swiss airshow in 2004.
A long drive from Belgium, but it was worth it. The Swiss organisation provided the crowds with a highly variated airshow.
Amongst the participants were a Finnish F/A-18C, an A-129 Mangusta, a USAF-15C, a Swedish Gripen, a German Eurofighter, a French Rafale and a US-Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet.
There was also a vast presence of internation demo teams such as the British Red Arrows, the Italian Frecce Tricolore, the Spanish Patrulla Aguila and of course the Patrouille Swiss .
46° 50′ 36″ N
6° 54′ 54″ E
Payerne Air Base