NOW LIVE The KLM Boeing 747 photo article

Shortly after I have published my GLV V low fly area article last month. I have now been able to finish my Photo article about the KLM 747.

No plane in the history of KLM has done more for the expansion it has gone through since the 1970’s than the Boeing 747. Introduced with KLM in 1971, the Boeing 747 has brought aviation within the reach of the masses. 

KLM has operated most of the 747 types for almost 5 decades. But due due to the COVID pandemic KLM saw itself forced to take all Passenger 747’s out of service. This article is a homage to the Queen of the Skies in the service of KLM.

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The Classic 747’s at KLM 

KLM took delivery of the first Boeing 747-206B on 31 January 1971. The KLM Boeing 747-206B was laid out in a two-class configuration for 353 passengers: 32 in Royal Class and 321 in economy. The seven oldest KLM Boeing 747-200’s retired from service once the 747-400 were delivered. All the more recently delivered Boeing 747-200 series were modified with a stretched upper deck in the 1980’s, they left KLM service in 2003 when the Boeing 777 was delivered. 

The Boeing 747-400 at KLM 

The first KLM Boeing 747-400 (PH-BFA “City of Atlanta”) was delivered to KLM in 1989. KLM used 22 Passenger and Combi versions until 2020. KLM withdrew the aircraft from service from service hastily in March 2020 after the COVID pandemic hit the world. 4 747-400 Combi planes continued to fly cargo services to Seoul, Shanghai and Beijing until the end of the summer schedule. Currently 3 Boeing 747-400ERF cargo aircraft remain in KLM service.

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The Axalp Guide 2022 is live

The Axalp Guide 2022 live. The Axalp Guide is an extensive guide with all the information and tips you will need for an unforgettable visit to the Axalp Fliegerschiessen Airshow. Not only have I included a description of getting to the official spots. There is also information on how to get to the alternative spots like Wildgärst.


The Axalp Guide 2022 consists of six pages with information on the following subjects:

The Swiss Air Force provide complete accurate information in the build up to the Axalp Airshow. Still I get many questions about the Axalp Airshow throughout the year. That is why I decided to get all the information out of my head and on this site. I have used my experience of visiting Axalp Fliegerschiessen for 15 years to share with you all the useful Axalp information that I could think of.

Not only will you find tips for the many photo locations at Axalp, but I also shared some tips on where to stay and how to get there. Apart from that I have included a check list on things you should and could take when you climb the mountain. Apart from that I have shared some useful tips if you are taking photos.

So, go ahead and use the Axalp Guide to prepare in the best way for the Axalp Airshow. The Axalp Fliegerschiessen Airshow is an amazing event that should be on every avgeeks bucket list in my opinion. Careful preparation will help you get the most out of your visits in Switzerland. I truly hope that the Axalp Guide 2022 will help you with this.

If you have any questions or remarks about this report. Feel free to contact me through the contact form or through Instagram @boschmedia


GLV V Low Fly Area photo report

The GLV V Photo report is live!

In the past two years I have paid many visits to the GLV V low fly area. Now I have made a GLV V photo report. GLV V is one of a dozen low fly areas in The Netherlands. It is located on the Oirschotse Heide near Eindhoven Air Force Base. The large sand plates and dense forest make the area very attractive for practising brown out landings, troop extractions and confined landings.


Dutch Air Force Helicopter Types at GLV V

The best aspect of GLV V is that the area is publicly accessible. Enthusiasts can observe all the action from a relatively close distance. Therefore the GLV V has become a very popular destination for Military Aviation enthousiasts over the years. Seeing Chinooks perform brown out landings from close by is nothing short of amazing. That is exactly what you will get at GLV V Low Fly Area. A mix of forest, heath fields and sand plains that forms an amazing blend with the DHC helicopters based at Gilze Rijen Air Force Base.

ll Dutch military helicopter operations are grouped in the DHC. DHC stands for Defence Helicopter Command. DHC currently operates the following helicopters:

  • Boeing AH-64D Apache

  • Boeing CH-47F MYII CAAS Chinook

  • Eurocopter AS532 Cougar

  • NH Industries NH90

The first three Dutch helicopter types operate from Gilze Rijen Air Force Base and can be seen on a daily basis at GLV V. The NH90 makes occasional appearances.

Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopter at the GLV V low fly area near Oirschot

Spotting an Photography Tips for GLV V

In the GLV V Photo Report you can see all aspects of training that the DHC conducts in this area. On top of that I have included all the hints and spotting tips you need for visiting the area including where to park your car and how to get the best photos of the helicopters at GLV V.

GLV V is an amazing place to visit, and I can highly recommend paying a visit if you have time. Make sure to read my hints and tips to the area to optimise your chances of nice pictures. If you have any remarks or questions, do get in touch. Enjoy!

Boeing AH-64 Apache in the snow

New feature: Axalp Fliegerschiessen Story

After a lot of hard work I have finalized my Axalp Fliegerschiessen photo report that is held at the Ebenfluh shooting range in Switzerland every year by the Swiss Armed Forces. It can be found here. Curious to here what you think. Let me know!

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