A Danish C-130J Hercules performed a couple of landings on the beach of Vejers in Denmark mid-June 2013 as part of the AGOEX joint exercise between ground and air forces, reports the Flyvevåbnet Flyvertaktisk Kommando (Air Tactical Command of the Royal Danish Air Force).
During the two landings the tactical transport moved 160 ground troops onto the beach airhead, which had been prepared for the landings in advance by other ground forces. The so-called Z-team marked the prefered landing spot for the C-130 pilots and kept radio contact with the flightdeck about wind and sight.
According to the Flyvertaktisk Kommando the Danish west coast offers a good environment for training this particular discipline.
June 2013 will be noticed in the world’s aviation records as the goodbye to the legendary McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II fighter from West-European skies as the German Air Force said farewell to the type after 40 years of operations. But not before Fighter Wing 71 (Jagdgeschwader 71) threw a little party at its homebase Wittmundhafen in the north of the country. Special paint jobs had turned the last of the Luftwaffe F-4s in tasty eye-candy, as witnessed by tens of thousands of enthousiasts, including AIRheads editors.
In 2011 Cambrai hosted the 50th NATO Tigermeet. Because of this anniversary and the fact that this French airbase was due to close the Tigermeet provided a last opportunity to visit Cambrai while still at operational status.