July 07, 2017
Not too big a surprise, but with an incredible hard decision - Austria grounds its Eurofighter fleet acquired only 2007-2009 !
The history of the new fighter jet in Austria was never an beloved one. Political decisions made more problems then expected and in case of modern airfighters fresh from productionline the Bundesheer received older models already used by the German Luftwaffe.Another history where the first cancelled, then for much money acquired external fuel tanks. Extremly high prices for regular exchange pieces where another part of an never ending story coming now to an end ... next votations are already on october'17 !
Beginning from 2020 on Austria wants a single aircraft fleet of 18 modern Fighters (15 single-, 3 doubleseaters), all Eurofighters will be wfu 'till 2023. If there would be sold or scrapped is not decided yet.
July 02, 2017
From time to time I'm opening some parts of my quite impressive archive to the world - especially to show those new guys out there why it is becoming difficult to see me on each aviatic event nowadays ...
The airfield Zeltweg (-Hinterstoisser) LOXZ is situated near Graz in Styria, southeastern part of Austria. Beginning in 1997, each couple of years you can find here one of the best airshows in mainland europe called AIRPOWER. Organisation is fabulous, background fantastic and the people nice - plus the impressive lineup is holding each year some fantastic aircrafts !
Back in 2000, the LOG was very impressive (here only the static):
07 J35Ö FlRg2/UbW 17 J35Ö instr. BC33 Saab 105Ö nn GG17 Saab 105Ö nn, spec c/s 3A-BM L-19A wfu 3C-JJ AB206A FlRg1/2, Kleeblatt c/s 3C-OJ OH-58B FlRg1/3 3E-KN, 3E-KS SA316B FlRg2 3E-KX SA316B FlRg2 3G-EE PC-6B2-H2 FlRg1/4 3G-EL PC-6B2-H2 FlRg1/4, spec c/s 3H-FA PC-7 FlS 4D-BW AB204B FlRg3/2 5D-HF, 5D-HG AB212 FlRg3/1 3F-SR/455 Saab 91D wfu 35513 J35J instr. 055 An-30 16TrAB, c/n 08-02 130339 KCC-130H 435sq ET-210 F-16B Esk 727, Esk 726 mks 3860 F-4F JG74 4496 Tornado IDS JBG31 5702 Do228-212 MFG3 FF-3 F27-400M TukiLLv 6009 MiG-21bis 47HRE 701 Mi-17 87HHE MM54250/4-33 TF-104G-M 20º Gr MM54261/4-42 TF-104G-M 20º Gr MM7168/2-04 AMX 14º Gr MM7176/2-20 AMX 14º Gr CR.12-54/12-63 RF-4C 123Esc TR.20-01/403-11 Ce560 403Esc 6824 Lancer-C Grupul 86 917 bl MiG-29SMT-2 RAC-MiG, c/n 35400 H2-31 Bell 412SP 15 BRVL L9-64 PC-9M 15 BRVL 37447/35 JA37 F21 39141/41-G JAS39A F7 3042/'0042' NF-5A Turkish Stars 62 bl Su-27UB 831IAP, c/n 96310405010 UR-76699 IL-76MD 321VTAP, c/n 0063471131 ZA547/DC Tornado GR4 31sq 81-0991/SP OA-10A 81st FS 82-0649/SP OA-10A 81st FS 84-0087 C-21A 76th AS 98-0131/LN F-15E 492nd FS 89-26145 UH-60A 5-158th AVN HA-MKI An-2R
All pictures taken by wetfilm back then and also published here with this original style - if you want to see some of them in big and worked on with toda'y filtering methods you can watch my Zeltweg (Airpower 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2009) pictures at airfighters.com - enjoy 🙌