XF-104 number 786 Ground Checks at Edwards AFB. Note the strange way...
1954 Edwards – XF-104 ground checks
XF-104 number 786 Ground Checks at Edwards AFB. Note the strange way the computer bay door was opened with the XF. This photos has been taken probably in March or April 1954 during first test flights at Edwards AFB, when the serial was applied on the forward fuselage of the aircraft. Who recognizes the people on the photo?
Rudy Thorn & Flight Test Team with XF-104 number 786. In the...
1954 Edwards AFB – XF-104 testprogram
Rudy Thorn & Flight Test Team with XF-104 number 786. In the middle, standing in a flightsuit is Tony Le Vier (Near the inlet) and Jack Tuttle (stated as the engineering supervisor in charge of instrumentation on the plane by his son Alan Tuttle) is kneeling at the far left of the group. Other people are not yet recognised. This photo has been taken probably in March or April 1954 during first test flights at Edwards AFB. Behind the XF-786 (left of it on the photo) there is the F-94C 50-957 that was the chase plane during the testflights.
Who are the other persons in the group? Please tell us.
This photo shows a group of people assigned to the Big Tail...
January 1958 – Edwards AFB F-104B test
This photo shows a group of people assigned to the Big Tail evaluation program at Edwards AFB. During this evaluation the longer tail was extensively tested on the first build F-104B 56-3719. On this photo the group is celebrating its 100 flight hour. Who recognizes any person on this photo??? Please tell us!! (Photo: Lockheed Martin via Chris Baird Collection)
This photo shows a group of NATO testpilots at Edwards AFB in...
1961 – NATO testpilots at Edwards
This photo shows a group of NATO testpilots at Edwards AFB in front of one of the early manufactured German F-104G Starfighter. The pilots are the members of the Joint Test Force Category II Flight Test Program on the F-104G. Pilots standing from left to right : Capt. Franco Bonazzi (Italian AF), Maj. Steve Cailleau (Belgium AF), Oblt. Erhard Gödert (Luftwaffe), FltLt. Bob Ayres (RCAF), Capt. Al Crews (USAF), Capt. Matje Janssen (RNeth AF). And kneeling from left to right are : Maj. Heinz Birkenbeil (Luftwaffe) and Maj. Norvin “Bud” Evans (USAF).
This photo was taken during the 1st Provisional F-104 Training Course at...
Spring 1962, George AFB 1st PFTC
This photo was taken during the 1st Provisional F-104 Training Course at George AFB in Spring 1962. It was the first course done at George AFB with F-104D/C aircraft, by the 4443rd CCTS. Major Crenshaw was the CO at that moment. When the 434th TFS “Red Devils” of the 479th TFW George AFB, 831st Air Division disbanded on January 3, 1962 it became this initial F-104G training squadron designated as 4443rd CCTS. This unit conducted training for German type transition pilots in about 23 hours training in the F-104D from 1962 until May 22nd, 1964. Lateron this 4443rd CCTS moved to Luke AFB and came under control of the 4540th CCTG at Luke AFB, Arizona effective August 1, 1964 with F-104G/TF-104G as the initial MAP/NATO F-104G training unit. The 4443rd CCTS and the 4540th CCTG disbanded on September 30, 1966. People on the photo are (backrow left to right) FW Zülsdorf, ObLt Overhoff, ObLt Kabas, Hptm E. Menzel, FW Schickram, ObLt Pötter, Lt Strosetzki, Hptm Boehm, Major Jackson (USAF) and (front row left to right and all USAF instructor pilots) Capt Messerli, Capt Ghee, Capt Gunn, Maj Crenshaw, Capt Smith, Capt Durst, 1stLt Nelley. (Photo by late Ehrhardt Menzel)
This photo was taken of the 476TFS temporary on deployment to Key...
1962, Key West AFB deployment
This photo was taken of the 476TFS temporary on deployment to Key West, Florida during the Cuban crisis. It shows a lot of pilots. Aircraft seen during the deployment included 56-896, 56-933, 57-927 and 57-929. The Pilots on this photo are Top row, left to right : Woody Halsey, Albert Eels, Larry Knox, Dick Plummer, Karl Hoffman, Keith Davey, George Wooddy, Jim Folston, Bill Kaa, George Schustad, John Soler, Ray Holt, Bob Jones, Tom McInerney, and Norm Huff. Front row, left to right : David Groark, George Wells, Wayne Hauth, Lt. Col. Howard Dale (Sq. Commander), Joe Nevers, Bill Linihan and finally Tom Delashaw.
The group standing and seated in front of Starfighter 56-878 are the...
Homestead pilots 1963
The group standing and seated in front of Starfighter 56-878 are the pilots of the 319th, probably taken in the summer of 1963 right after they became fully operational. They are:
Standing left to right: Dan Wise, Jim Whitted, Dan Klix, Ollie Chase, Dick Williams, Bob Con-don, Ott Evans, Bob Dundervill, Jan Stevens, John Taylor, Don Parsons, J D Dunn, Joe Fugate, Paul Shook, Gary Pearson, Jack Dale, John McCarthy, Bill Freeland, and Al Villaret (sadly half..).
Seated left to right: Ulad Marsh, Gerry Boe, Howard Kidwell, John Kimmerly, Chuck Loyd, Ted Stuart, Paul Mulhern, Charlie Neel, Charlie Jackson, Bernie Fisher, Bill Grenzebach, Ray Nyls, Ralph Carlock, Jim Allender, Jim Milner, Don Kelley. Several of the original pilots are missing from this picture.
Lots of NATO pilots got their F-104 conversion training early 60s at...
June 1963 – Norvenich F-104F school
Lots of NATO pilots got their F-104 conversion training early 60s at Norvenich using the F-104F trainers from WS10. On this photo we recognized Dick de Kolf (3rd from right), Hub Groeneveld (4th from right) and Major Bob van der Spek (12th from right). Who recognizes more? (Photo thanks to Dick de Kolf).
This photo taken at Twenthe Air Base on 19th of September 1963...
September 1963, training with TDM
This photo taken at Twenthe Air Base on 19th of September 1963 shows instructor pilot Kees van Holstein in the backseat and Dick de Kolf in the front seat of Royal Netherlands Air Force TF-104G D-5802. (Photo : KLu)
First Dutch F-104 pilots at Twenthe Air Base late 1963. From left...
Twenthe Air Base late 1963
First Dutch F-104 pilots at Twenthe Air Base late 1963. From left to right : Roel Vierdag, Hans Klijn, Ed Schuckman, Lex Adriaens, Bob van der Spek, Hupie Groeneveld, Steve Heyboer (background) , Gerrit Schuur, Jan de Jong, Flip Koot, Willem de Jong, Dick de Kolf, Melle Benneker and Paul van Leeuwen. (Thanks to Gerrit Boxem for giving this Dutch Air Force photo some colors.
When 9 Gruppo started their 104 operations from Grazzanise Air Base the...
Grazzanise 1964… silver birds
When 9 Gruppo started their 104 operations from Grazzanise Air Base the aircraft were still bare metal with black serials. An example can be seen here with F-104G MM6568 code 4-38 in 1964. The pilot looking very proud to fly this Starfighter is Bruno Miotto. (AMI Photo thanks to Marisa Arcangeli)
This photo shows members and instructors of the Combat course in F104G...
Luke AFB NATO training Nov 1964 – Feb 1965
This photo shows members and instructors of the Combat course in F104G at LUKE AFB, from nov 1964 to feb 1965.
In the center from left to right the Spanish pilots are Capt. Conejero, Major Baudot, and Capt. Almodóvar. The other 6 students are 5 members of Luftwaffe and 1 from the German Navy. First line are the USAF Instructors. Anyone recognize other persons in this group?
The aircraft is a MAP F-104G “FG-316” which was used for the training until it was delivered late 60s to Turkey.
Initial F-104 pilots with nr 9 squadron, Sargodha Air Base. Only...
9 Squadron, Sargodha, 1965
Initial F-104 pilots with nr 9 squadron, Sargodha Air Base. Only identified pilots are: Rashid Bhatti (first from right, sitting) Air Commander M.M. Alam (3rd from left, standing), later Air Chief Marshal Farooq Feroz Khan (2nd from left, standing). Who knows the other pilots? (Thanks to Rafae Bhatti)
This photo was taken in 1965 at the Baden Sollingen dispersal showing...
1965, Baden Sollingen 422sq
This photo was taken in 1965 at the Baden Sollingen dispersal showing the pilot crew of 422squadron. In the background the famous CF104 model which was constructed by Gordon Price with wood and wire in his driveway in Lichtenau. It was originally used in at the Buelfest parade as Gordon remembers, covered with flowers and then in this picture it was covered with icing sugar dots and used for a Mess function. Persons on the photo from left to right (top) F/L Chops Viger, F/L Bob Delaney, S/L We Mc Ewen, F/L Pat Cunningham, F/L Des Peters, F/L Doug Fraser, F/L Bob Morgan, F/O Gordon Price, F/L Ernie Friout, F/L Neil Pringle, S/L Don Enman, Cpl Bill Hull, on the bottom row (left to right) F/L Rocky Paquette, S/L Fraser, W/C Bill Bliss, F/L Ron Beehler, F/L Bob Marion, F/L Bill Ross, F/L Dave Tinson and F/L Al Seitz. (Photo thanks to Gordon Price)
On March 23rd, 1965 a fly-past by 9th Squadron was held. The...
Sargodha, March 23rd, 1965
On March 23rd, 1965 a fly-past by 9th Squadron was held. The pilots during this ceremony can be found on this photo provided by the son of Rashid Bhatti. Rashid is seen second from right, Air Chief Marshal Asghar Khan (6th from left), Air Chief Marshal Jamal Ahmad (7th from left), and Air Chief Marshal Hakimullah (8th from left. Other pilot names are sadly still unknown. (thanks to Rafae Bhatti)
This photo is of the A Flight, 319 FIS, taken at Homestead...
1966, Homestead AFB 319FiS
This photo is of the A Flight, 319 FIS, taken at Homestead AFB FL in 1966. In the front row you find Walt Bjorneby, Al Brown, Bill Lessard and Buddy Jones. Back row is Jim Casto, unknown pilot, Ted Stuart and Howard Turner. When this photo was taken, Walt Bjorneby was on 5-minute alert, since he is wearing his spurs, life vest and alert badge. Buddy Jones came to the 319th from the NATO F104G Stan-Eval team, so some of the European people may recognize him. Al Brown coached a USAFE A10 team from the UK that won the NATO Weapons Meet one year. The nice sharkmouth painted on this F-104B (99% sure the 57-1310) was done because the 14th AF Commander, B/Gen Bennie Putnam, was coining down for a ride in the airplane.
The 319FiS F-104B models were used in training and checks. Each pilot got an instrument check under the hood once a year within the squadron and since they had about 36 pilots, there was a continual flow of replacements as the men got reassigned. A normal tour was about 3 years in the squadron so they had 12 new guys per year. Also the B models got the J79-GE19 engine becoming the fastest two-seaters in the world. (Photo courtesy Walt Bjorneby)
This photo was taken at China Lake in June 1966 when 331st...
June 1966, NAS China Lake testing
This photo was taken at China Lake in June 1966 when 331st FIS was performing AIM-9 Sidewinder tests with three aircraft. Two of them were 56-824 and 56-858, the third one was a two-seater. Since 331st FiS had two two-seaters operational by that time, it must have been one of these (F-104B 57-1302 or 57-1304).
The photo shows the 4 pilots assigned to this project. Also 16 squadron men have been assigned to support the testing in different roles. From left to right you see Lt.Col Pat Green (Project Officer), Major Wesley Brown (Detachment Commander), Major Kenneth Read and Capt. William Malloy. The 104 in the background is 56-824. (Thanks to Gary Verver and article inside the Rocketeer dd 10 June 1966)
This nice groupsphoto was taken at Udorn Thailand of all the personnel...
Udorn, 1966-1967 435TFS crew
This nice groupsphoto was taken at Udorn Thailand of all the personnel of the 435th TFS. It is just too much to mention all these names. But historically this is a very interesting photo. Aircraft seen on the photo are the F-104Cs 56-936 loaded with people and behind the 56-891 and 56-892.
During the Cuban crisis the USAF ADC decided to deploy a squadron...
Early 1967 – Edwards F-104A J79 GE19 test
During the Cuban crisis the USAF ADC decided to deploy a squadron of Starfighters in Florida as MIG cap. This became the 319th FiS at Homestead AFB. Since the Russian and allies got information about the capabilities of the F-104A Starfighter the USAF decided to upgrade them with more powerful engines. This gave the “enemy” an attack uncertainty. They selected the J79-GE19 engine also in test with the F-104S version developed during that period. The F-104A 56-833 (See photo) was used to test this GE19 configuration and here it is seen takin g off from Edwards for a zoom testflight (see pilot with zoom helmet). It arrived at Lockheed in January 1967 for modifications. After the test project it was finally also delivered to 319 FiS, where it arrived in April 1968.
The F-104S version got bigger inlets to improve the volume of inlet air entering the engine. The F-104A was just keeping the normal inlets and so the question rose, wasn’t that a problem? Walt Bjorneby, ex 319FiS pilot, explained :
“Since the F-104A Starfighters were so light the need for extra air wasn’t a factor. Their takeoff roll with the -19 was about 2600 feet at 186KIAS. As soon as the bird was airborne it was getting all it needed. A fact is that the fuel control and the PT2 sensor at the compressor inlet go together to keep the fuel-air ratio where it is supposed to be. The intake size limitation on the ground at 100% rpm is going to result in pressure lower than ambient due to the choking effect. But once airborne the fuel flow rises as ram air comes down the intakes. Forex the fuel flow during run-up with the brakes locked on the runway at 80F and 100% is about 8500 pph; but once flying it rises until at 600KIAS at 500 AGL it’s up around 12,000-12,500. The fuel-air ratio for proper combustion and control of heat in the engine is a fixed ratio somewhere around 55-60 to 1. If it goes much above 60 the fire will go out; if it goes much below 55 the engine will overtemp. What that means is that the thrust developed is proportional to the fuel flow, so at 600KIAS the thrust has increased about 25%”. (Photo: couresy Lockheed Martin)
The famous "donut" photo which we received from Rodney Trimble. The pilots...
Udorn, 1967, donuts
The famous “donut” photo which we received from Rodney Trimble. The pilots on the photo are from left to right (standing) Capt Bill Sedor, Col. Robert T McIntosh, Col. Vernon Sandrock and Maj. Karl Hoffman. Sitting from left to right are Lt. Tom Mahan, Lt Addison “Ace” Rawlins and Roger Wicker. “Ace” Rawlins once explained: We were flying really long missions and the seats were hard and a bit uncomfortable after 3 or 4 hrs. Our missions were averaging 5 hrs with some going as long as 8 to 9 hrs. The life support types told us the reason the cushion was hard was to reduce back injury upon ejection and of course it was not legal to use a soft cushion. Anyway, I got an inner-tube from a start unit tire and tried it out. Worked fine and caught on fast. I honestly don’t know where the donuts in the pictures came from – possibly the hospital. My first flight was a big learning curve and I figured out right away that you didn’t need much air in the tube cause it expanded as you went to altitude. I had too much air in it and had to release some. Lesson #2 was to place the valve stem in the front so you could get to it to release air and to have your survival knife handy in case you needed to puncture the donut. After a flight or two the air was set right and didn’t have to be changed any more. It made a big difference on the long flights and most of the pilots began to use them.
This is the group of who flew back a number of the...
Udorn, July 1967 before departure
This is the group of who flew back a number of the F-104Cs from Udorn, Thailand to Muniz AFB, Puerto Rico. Back row (left to right) Lt. Arther K.Poe, Lt. Dennis R Magnum, Maj Hugh B Spencer, Maj Bobby D. Bedsworth, Maj Joseph (Joe) R. Nevers, Ben McAvoy (Lockheed representative technician), Maj William J. Caffery, Capt Rodney Trimble. Then front row (left to right) Capt James B. Trice, Maj James L. Foster (also known as “Diamond Jim”), LtCol Robert H. McIntosh, LtCol Robert A. Preciado (435TFS squadron commander) and Lt Travis E. Harrold. Rodney Trimble provided this great photo and stated: It was a long long flight half way around the world. Lots of air-refuelling and stops at Clark AFB, Guam, Hickham, England AFB, Miami Florida and finally Puerto Rico. The photo was taken just prior the departure from Udorn.
(Burbank, October 25th, 1967) This photo was taken because the F-104S prototype...
Burbank October 25th, 1967 S-project
(Burbank, October 25th, 1967) This photo was taken because the F-104S prototype MM6658 (code 5-41) made its 100th flight that day. The photo shows the project team. The pilot on the picture is Lockheed testpilot Jack Woodman and to his right (5th from the left, standing) is the Italian Air Force representative at Lockheed for the F-104S program, Maj. or Lt. Col. Mario Borghino.
We are always interested in names if someone recognise more on this photo!
(Burbank, November 4th, 1967) This photo was taken because the F-104S prototype...
Burbank November 4th, 1967 S-project
(Burbank, November 4th, 1967) This photo was taken because the F-104S prototype MM6658 (code 5-41) made its 400th flight that day. It also stated that Greenameyer should pay the beer….and this means likely that the pilot is Darryl Greenameyer. The photo shows the project team. Does anyone remember someone else on this photo? Please tell us!!
This photo was taken because the F-104S prototype MM6658 (code 5-41) during...
Burbank, 1968, F-104S project
This photo was taken because the F-104S prototype MM6658 (code 5-41) during the official “9000th overall F-104 testflight” at the 104 “testflight” at Burbank, celebration that day. Sadly we do not know the exact date. The photo shows the project team. Does anyone remember someone on this photo? Please tell us!!
This photo shows the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) 430 Squadron taken...
Zweibrucken AB, spring 1968, 430sq
This photo shows the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) 430 Squadron taken at homebase Zweibrucken, West Germany, in support of NATO Strike/Attack forces in Europe. Left to right: Bob Currie, Glenn Heath, Ed Zaluski, Andy Anderson, Bob Sharpe, Ed Andrichuk, Glen Heaton, Bob Huxter, (Squadron Clerk, name unknown), Navy Exchange Officer Lieutenant Larry O’Brien, Tom Storey, Dave Bartram, Squadron Leader Ray Liukko, Chris Harvey-Clark, Wing Commander (and Squadron Commanding Officer) Fern Villeneuve, Ray Dunsdon, Squadron Leader Williamson, Dave Trotman, Bob Morris, Al French, Dave Watson, Gordy Hatch, Squadron Leader Rigby Stiamison. All names with no ranks given held the ranks of either Flying Officer (equivalent to current rank of Lieutenant) or Flight Lieutenant (equivalent to current rank of Captain). Squadron Leader rank was equivalent to current rank of Major, and Wing Commander was equivalent to current rank of Lieutenant Colonel. (Photo provided by Ed Zaluski)
German Air Force training class 70B (graduation), Backrow (from left to right)...
Luke AFB Class 70B – 15 August 1969
German Air Force training class 70B (graduation), Backrow (from left to right) Major James L Foster, Major Norman R. Lockhard, Benton A. McAvoy (Lockheed), LtCol Jerome Grabowski, Major John H Gale Jr, Major Peter Treiber, LtCol Robert J. Massoni, Major Rodney L. Trimble, Major Robert G. Lanning, Major Claude A. Ward, Capt Harold Alston. Kneeling (from left to right) Olt Hans-Josef Niesen, Olt Hans-Adolf Schultz, Lt Jürgen Keuling, StUffz Christian Pfitzner, Olt Ernst Keilen, Olt Frank Ehrentheit, Olt Nikolaus Kölsch, Lt Peter Bündgen. (Luke AFB photo)
From the Left Standing : 1/ Siganos Nick (Captain), 2/Klitorakis (Captain) 3/Kambiotis...
Tanagra around 1970
From the Left Standing : 1/ Siganos Nick (Captain), 2/Klitorakis (Captain) 3/Kambiotis Efstratios (Statos) – Major – Squadron Leader of 335 Strike SQN. Tanagra-114 Combat Wing. 4/Politis Lt. 5/Sambanis Lt. 6/Arsenis Lt. – 7/Unknown Airman 8/Romosios Lt. 9/Tountziaridis Lt. 10/Aitinides Lt. Photo was taken at Tanagra AFB, 114 Combat Wing, around 1970. Colonel Elias Tsamousopoulos was the base Commander, Major Stratos (Efstratios) Kambiotis was the 335MK Sqn Leader. It was the year they took the First Price among all NATO squadrons for “accident free year” and Lockheed gave them congratulations with honors. (thanks to Steve Karakalpakis)
This nice photo shows a number of HAF pilots from 116 Ptheriga...
1971-1972 Some HAF pilots at Araxos
This nice photo shows a number of HAF pilots from 116 Ptheriga (336 Mira) at Araxos AB (Thanks to Konstantinos Hatzidakis).
From left to right (top) : Spilios Spiliotopoulos (Later the prime Minister of Defence), Ιοannis Volanis, Konstantinos Hatzidakis (Squadron Leader of 336 Sqn), Vertsekos, Siomopoulos (cadet officer, the doctor of the 116 C.W.), unrecognizable officer but not F-104 pilot, and Alexandros Damianidis (Major Alexandros Damianidis was sadly killed with Captain Christos Fillipou inside TF-104G 62-12273 on July 31st, 1972)
Seated from left to right: Christos Panagiotakis, Spiridon Roulias (Sadly killed with F-104G 63-12697 at February 24th, 1976 at Araxos beside the airport), Ioannis Bekas, Tsolis and finally Ioannis Fousekis.
Since 1967 the Puerto Rico ANG based at Muniz Air Base flew...
1972, Muniz AFB, flight planning
Since 1967 the Puerto Rico ANG based at Muniz Air Base flew the F-104C Starfighter. This photo shows a number of Puerto Rico ANG Pilots briefing a mission at the ramp. From left to right. Capt. Luis A. Baldoni , 1Lt. Jan P. Johnson and 2Lt. Frankie Gaudier . (Photo provided by LtCol Julio A. Fuentes PRANG (Ret)
Photo by Firas Abu Hmaidan. Pilots on the photo (with flying overall)...
Amman 9 squadron 1972
Photo by Firas Abu Hmaidan. Pilots on the photo (with flying overall) from left to right standing are Saegh, Abd Razzag Habahbah, Mohammad Atmih, unknown Pakistani pilot, Fakhri Abu Hmaidan, Bader Jaradat, Akram Tahat. Kneeling in front are Musa Hawatmah, Mahmood Jizawi, Awni Bilal, Anees Mansor. The other three military persons are unknown.
Dutch delegation visiting Saab Sweden with a number of F-104 Starfighters. It...
May 1972, Nykoping Saab visit
Dutch delegation visiting Saab Sweden with a number of F-104 Starfighters. It was 26 May 1972. From left to right Royal Netherlands Air Force pilots Harm de Jong, LtCol. Mat Visser, Ton Kooymans. Guus Nieuwenhuis, SgtMaj Kees Koster and Ton Helders.
A number of 141 Filo Starfighter pilots in front of two Starfighters...
Murted AB, 1974
A number of 141 Filo Starfighter pilots in front of two Starfighters at Murted AB in 1974. Who can tell us names of the pilots on this photo?
This photo shows the pilots from 21 Gruppo in 1974. Standing from...
21 Gruppo pilots Cameri 1974
This photo shows the pilots from 21 Gruppo in 1974. Standing from left to right we have Massetti, Racchi, Ceccarelli, Tollin, Artioli, Rizzi, Guideri and Braccini. Kneeling from left to right we have Triches, Ballestra, Erba, Falchero and Ghislandi. (Information thanks to Sandro Starnini)
Thanks to Francesco Missarino : standing left to right : Paolo Bettinelli,...
156 Gruppo pilots Gioia del Colle in 1977
Thanks to Francesco Missarino : standing left to right : Paolo Bettinelli, Alfardo Caroli, Giuseppe Vainieri, Mario Naldini, Mario Morelli, Giuseppe Mastroberti, Marzio Cuoco and Roberto Bisenia. Sitting from left to right: Fermo Missarino, Giulio Francillotti, Fabrizio Da Pozzo, Orazio Rizzi, Angelo Annibali, unknown pilot and Tommaso Ferro. Who knows the unknown pilot on this photo?
This month a squadron exchange took place between the Dutch Air Force...
August 1978, 312sq exchange Lakenheath
This month a squadron exchange took place between the Dutch Air Force 312 squadron, based at Volkel AB flying the F-104G and USAF 494th TFS based at Lakenheath, flying the F-111F fighter bomber aircraft. This nice photo was taken at Lakenheath. Sitting Jan Brekelmans, standing from left to right (late) Ton Kooymans, Tom Bakker, (late) Peer van Moorsel, Joop Bakker and finally the squadron commander of 494 Squadron. (Photo Joop Bakker)
This nice 421 squadron photo was shared by Paul Bazinet. It would...
1979-1980 Sollingen 421sq
This nice 421 squadron photo was shared by Paul Bazinet. It would be great if people send us information on persons on this photo taken around 1979/80
This nice group photo was taken at Sollingen Air Base somewhere between...
1979-1980 Sollingen 421 sq (2)
This nice group photo was taken at Sollingen Air Base somewhere between 1979 and 1980. It shows the complete 421 squadron crew. Who recognizes the faces? (Photo by James Kelly who is one of the lucky pilots on the photo).
This nice photo shows the March 1981 CAV class at Volkel Air...
CAV class March 1981
This nice photo shows the March 1981 CAV class at Volkel Air Base. Please find a picture of our KLu F-104 class of March 1981. On the picture from left to right and subsequently above: (1). Martin Sasbrink-Harkema (“Sas”) – Killed Otterburn Range, Schotland. April 1983 flying F-104G D-8337. (2). Peter Louwerse (“Gold”) 311 Sqn – Currently Qatar Airways. (3). Wil Janssen (“Speedy”) 311 Sqn – Currently KLM (4). Tony Wijsbek – Currently civilian medical doctor and in the cockpit (5). Robert van der Wiel (“Pipo”) 312 Sqn – Currently Arke Fly.
This class started in March 1981 at the CAV at Volkel Airbase. Three are still flying early 2015!, Tony quit and became a doctor. Martin unfortunately got killed on the Otterburn Range in Schotland, while flying on the wing of pilot Andre van Luijk who passed away years ago. On this photo the helmets have names linked to the pilot names, later they got specific names assigned, except Martin who kept “Sas”. (Photo and information by Peter Louwerse).
From May 28th till June 4th, the Dutch 312sq exchanged with 23gr...
June 1981 squadron exchange Rimini
From May 28th till June 4th, the Dutch 312sq exchanged with 23gr at Rimini. On this photo taken at Rimini the following pilots can be seen: Standing from left to right : Wijnand van Nieuwenburg, Bert Haasakker, Andre van Luik, Beer van Huet, Paolo Poggi and Hans Weber. Kneeling from left to right : unknown, Joop Bakker, Rob van Zoelen, Pino Borgna, Ruud Douma and Andrea Sarto. We are still interested in the missing name of the pilot kneeling left. Photo thanks to Augusto Laghi.
Nice overview of 312sq pilots on this historic photo. from left to...
1983, Volkel AB 312squadron
Nice overview of 312sq pilots on this historic photo. from left to right Jos Engels, Hans de Jong, Beer van huet, Andre van Luyck, Willem Tybosch, Berry Macco, Steef Heyboer, Wijnand van Nieuwenburg, Jeroen Ophoff, Jan van iersel, Robert van der Wiel, Peer Donkerbroek, Peter Strijker, Michel Knijff, Cor van den Burg, Henri Schevers, Peter Leenen. On the wing Eric Bogaards, Peer van Moorsel, Hans van Zuijdam and Sander Panis. (Photo Eric Bogaards collection, via John van Benten)
Nice photo (thanks to Kadir Sisman) showing the 192 filo pilots in...
1987, pilots 192 filo at Balikesir
Nice photo (thanks to Kadir Sisman) showing the 192 filo pilots in 1987. Who recognizes one or more of these pilots? Please let us know.
162filo team photo at Bandirma during the final period of the F-104G...
Bandirma 162filo 1990
162filo team photo at Bandirma during the final period of the F-104G operations 1990. TOP ROW : Ufuk Köksal, Ercan Uydeş, Tevfik Hancı, Atilla Dalkılıç, Vefat Koçelli, Adnan Bayrak, Ertekin Peker. MIDDLE ROW : Vasfi Takavcı, Taner Doğulu, Serbülent Durukan, Orhan Uysal, Sefer Öztürk, Nejat Bilgin, Ramazan Böcü, İlhan Filiz. THIRD ROW : İbrahim Can, Mehmet Kadayifçiler, Muzaffer Kavcı, Ufuk Ünal, Fehmi Kale. (Photo thanks to pilot and IFS member Atilla Dalkılıç)
During the final days of the F-104G with 161filo early 1991 here...
Bandirma 161filo 1991
During the final days of the F-104G with 161filo early 1991 here some pilots. Top row from left to right: Atilla Dalkılıç, Mustafa Sarılıcan, Mehmet Toy. Bottom row from left to right: Eyüp Mutlu, Birol Bozdemir, Hakan Taşkesen. (Photo thanks to pilot and IFS member Atilla Dalkılıç)
The top photo shows the aircraft during their 2nd pass over the...
28 April 2001, Grosseto AB
The top photo shows the aircraft during their 2nd pass over the Air Base with gear down and flying less then 250 knots. For this formation the 20 Gruppo sent three TF-104G-M and four F-104S/ASA-M aircraft into the air. The other two (old ASA aircraft) came from the 9th Gruppo. This impressive 9 ship formation was flown for the 70th anniversary of 4 Stormo, and for the Colonel Penni this was one of the last flight with the Starfighter before he transferred to the C130, based in Pisa as Commander of 50° Group, 6° ROA and TFA Al Bateen.
This photo shows the pilots who flew the 70th anniversary of 4...
28 April 2001, Grosseto AB pilots
This photo shows the pilots who flew the 70th anniversary of 4 Stormo formation. We have found the names thanks to Massimiliano Lippi, Col. Gian Luca Penni and Gabriele Brancaccio.
The pilots are, to left to right, Marco AMORT, GianCarlo BURRAGINA (9gr Commander), Andrea TRUPPO, Col. PENNI, Gabriele ZANCHETTA, Massimo SCHIAVINATO, Giuseppe CARDULLO, Stefano PIETROPAOLI. Low, to left to right, Ivan LAUDIZI, Ugo GENTILINI, Andrea SAGLIA, Emanuele ZULIAN, Federico PASQUI, Alessandro SCABURRI. Marco Amort is now flying with Canadair of Italian Civil Protection. Col. Gian Luca Penni is now Defence Attache’ for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain), Ugo Gentilini is now pilot within Alitalia and Andrea Abeille up today Instructor Pilot to 20° Group.