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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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The Era after the Communism

100 Years Polish Air Force, part 4; Radom, August 23 – 25, 2018

After the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of communism in Europe, Poland and especially the industry would have a hard time. The country was virtually bankrupt, and eventually the aviation industry would not survive this major blow. The Air Force entered a new era when Poland became a member of NATO in 1999. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989 and the disarmament in Europe, the Polish Air Force was reduced drastically. The Polish Air Force had at that time a lot of aircraft. Many bases were closed after the fall of Communism.

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Poland during the Cold War

100 Years Polish Air Force, part 3; Radom, August 23 – 25, 2018

One of the highlight days of the Polish aviation industry and the Polish Air Force was the period of the Cold War. Poland was an important ally of the Soviet Union and would build many aircraft for the European partners of the Soviet Union in Poland. The Polish Air Force was also gigantic during this Cold War period. The Polish People's Army Aviation was founded in 1943 by Polish patriots who wanted to liberate their country from Germany. This army was launched in cooperation with the Soviet Union and soon this army also got its own air force.

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The Second World War

100 Years Polish Air Force, part 2; Radom, August 23 – 25, 2018

During the Second World War, Poland was one of the first countries which was attacked by the German armies. Many air force troops managed to escape to France and England. The Poles who struggled with the Germans there, would gain much fame during the Second World War because of their excellent skills. The air victories that the Kosciuszko Squadron made during the biggest air war of all time were spectacular. The no 303 Kosciuszko Squadron would once again immortalize itself in Polish history books with this contribution.

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Origin of the Polish Air Force

100 Years Polish Air Force, part 1; Radom, August 23 – 25, 2018

In the year 1918 in the months after the end of First World War, Poland would for the first time in history become an independent and republic. After an early start the Polish Air Force aircraft received the characteristic red and white chessboard symbols on the fuselage and wings. Shortly before the Second World War, the Polish Aviation Industry would excel. The Polish Air Force is referred in Polish to as Sily Powietrzne which literally means air force. The Air Force of Poland is one of the military branches of the Polish armed forces.

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