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Welcome to Runway 28. On this website you will find everything which is related to the modern military aviation. The reason why I have chosen the name of Runway 28 is simple. Runway 28 is the name of the main runway at the airbase of Gilze-Rijen. The hobby around the modern military aviation started a long time ago for me at this base. Nowadays, I still consider Gilze-Rijen as my home base. Because of this, there are a lot of pictures of the helicopters of the Defense Helicopter Command on this site. This website is my personal port- folio which is related to aviation photography. Runway 28 was launched in 2007. At that moment the website was not what it supposed to be. The development of this website from scratch until final product which is shown here has lasted two years at least. For me it was the first time I have built a web page like this. This web site became a comprehensive collection of photo- graphs and travelogues in the meanwhile.

In the trip reports section of this web page you can find story’s of my journeys in my own country and abroad. The trip reports are listed chronologically by year. The trip reports section tells us how I experienced the journeys in a personal style. Also they contain many informative aspects of units, locations and types of aircraft. Next to this each report contains an extensive photo report which makes the report complete. In the photo gallery I show especially my pictures which I’ve made at my own home base Gilze-Rijen and De Oirschotse Heide. Those areas are regular visited by me. Besides the pictures from my surroundings, I also publish my photos of reports that I've made throughout Europe which didn’t made it to the trip reports section. These series are not comprehensive enough for that section, but certainly worth showing here in the gallery. This site contain also an overview of all my publications next to al those reports. These articles may be published in several magazines but also they can be published on the Internet. The complete articles including the accompanying photos can most of the time be found in the magazines while on the internet most of the time only photos are published. Almost all articles which I have written for the magazines are also published on this website in the trip reports section. Enjoy reading these stories’s and watch the photo reports on this website.

With Kind Regards, Alex van Noye

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Training with the Regiment van Heutsz

Arctic Training with the Air Mobile; GLV-V, December 12, 2017

After a lot of snow which had fallen in the Netherlands on December 11, this was an ideal weather situation for the soldiers of the Dutch Airmobile Brigade to train under these harsh circumstances. In cooperation with the helicopter units of the DHC of Gilze-Rijen Air Base, an exercise was held on the Oirschotse Heide. The 11 Airmobile Brigade (11 LMB) consists nowadays of more than 4500 military personnel and has been educated and trained to be deployed by air using transport helicopters. The commander is a brigade general.

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Military Movements Eindhoven

Eindhoven Air Base in 2017; Eindhoven, 2017

Early in the year there were two F-16s from Volkel which had to divert to Eindhoven due to bad weather. In October, a Swedish Hercules and a Ukrainian An-12 arrived in one day. At the end of November, there were an TBM700 and a Casa CN-235 on the platform which left in the dark during the evening. This also resulted in some very nice shots from the parking garage next to the platform. Finally, the year at Eindhoven ended with a number of winter shots when an American KC-135 and a Dutch Hercules appeared in front of the lens.

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Training in the Darkness

Night Operations with the F-16; Volkel, November 30, 2017

Flying in the total darkness has been a challenge for the fighter pilot for many years. This is also no exception in the Royal Netherlands Air Force. To train these skills, a number of weeks per year pilots are intensively trained in flying under these conditions. The Dutch F-16s are nowadays well equipped to fly in the darkness. In the weeks 44, 45, 46, 48 and 50, Leeuwarden Air Base and Volkel Air Base will fly from Monday to Thursday until 11 pm. The early darkness at this time of the year makes it possible to train intensively with night flights.

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