I live underneath 2 approach paths:
One is for HAJ
with a/c flying at less than 3000 ft.
The other one is for a military airfield (ETNW - GAF
Wunstorf) now with mainly transport C-160´s "Transall" stationed: View Large View Medium
Photo © CLS
The end of one of ETWN´s 2 runways is less than 1 mile from my home. A/c on approach are directly overhead my swimming pool, so its a lazy thing to take a swim and watch approaching a/c
Apart from the C-160, ETNW also had Donier Do-28D´s "Skyservant" in the past as training-a/c (those had a really nasty sound !) View Large View Medium
Photo © Ian Howat
Plus ETNW saw (and still sees, but on a rarer occasion now) almost everything in GAF, RAF
´s inventory (fixed wings). In the last months we´ve see a NATO E-3A "Sentry" performing touch-and-go´s View Large View Medium
Photo © Atle Espen Helgesen
Pretty busy was a period in the early 1980´s (IIRC) when RAF Gütersloh was closed for an extended period inorder to overhaul its runway: The RAF directed all its flights with VC
-10´s into GAF Wunstorf; add to that some attack-a/c like the Harrier and you get an impression here ... ?!
In the past HAJ
also played as a host to a big aviation fair ("ILA", now at SXF
). Quite some action went on in the 1970´s and early 1980´s, with some of the display-a/c flying out of GAF Wunstorf. One year the Patrouille de France was practicing at Wunstorf prior to the appearance at HAJ
Furthermore, my first real holiday was flying to the island of Majorca (Mallorca) in a Spantax (BX) Convair 990 at the age of almost 6 back in 1973 (today my logs show 439 sectors flown with 58 carriers using 67 different a/c and 123 different airports). View Large View Medium
Photo © Eduard Marmet
Assumingly all this together brought me into my interest of aircraft (technics, op´s, looking at them, taking pictures, but no registrations etc.).
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !