2016 Gilze Rijen spottersdag 30years GRAS
In 2016 the Gilze-Rijen Aviation Society held its 30th anniversary. GRAS has always been one of the prime Dutch aviation enthusiast societies well known among spotters. GRAS is very well organized and covers many area's such as history and databases of the Gilze-Rijen based Dutch helicopter squadrons, wrecks&relics databases, latest news about the airbase and its units, scanner info and historical movements including airshows. Besides this they also have their own forum, magazine and (inter)national base visits!
During 30 years GRAS established a good relationship with the base personell and its commanders - which shows by this 30th anniversary event: in cooperation with the (base) commander(s) they managed to attract a large number of foreign visitors for their celebration!
The French army visited Gilze-Rijen with a tiger c/s 3RHC SA342M Gazelle and 5RHC desert c/s SA330B Puma.
A large number of foreign training aircraft participated this day; adding a nice 'training' session for their instructors and pupils. Three Danish MFI17 made touch&go's together with a Belgian SF260 and three Cazaux base Alpha Jets. The French sent two of their TB30 Epsilons and an other two Alpha Jets. This makes a total of 11 training aircraft - transforming Gilze-Rijen almost into an exercise area!
Several other really interesting aircraft appeared this day: a French KC135FR tanker, one of the Papa based NATO C17's, a French Embraer 121, three Volkel based 313sq F16's, a Belgian ERJ135 and two Belgian F16's and a German Tornado and Eurofighter. Two German HFWS EC135T1's had also visited Gilze-Rijen and departed around 15:00.
The locally based Dutch Helicopter Command (DHC) squadrons also flew with several Chinooks, Cougars and Apaches.
Serial Numbers for this day: Gilze-Rijen 07-09-2016, RWY10
- 2xAH64 Q-29, Q-24
- CH46D D-665 (with underslung cargo)
- CH47F D-890
- AS532 S-454
- AT-10 Alpha Jet 11sm
- AT-30 Alpha Jet 11sm
- AT-01 Alpha Jet 11sm
- CE-01 ERJ135
- ST-40 SF260
- FA-77 F16A Tiger c/s
- FA-106 F16A
- 470 / 93-CA KC135FR GRV93
- 3862 / GAL SA342M 3RHC Tiger c/s
- 1173 / DAR SA330B 5RHC desert c/s
- 082 / YG EMB121AA EAT319
- 118 / 315-YI TB30 EPAA315
- 97 / 315-XN TB30 EPAA315
- E83 / 705-TZ Alpha Jet EAC314
- E141 / 705-NF Alpha Jet EAC314
- T-426 MFI-17 FLSK
- T-431 MFI-17 FLSK
- T-413 MFI-17 FLSK
- 30+81 EF2000 TLG73
- 82+59 EC135T1 HFWS dep
- 82+55 EC135 T1 HFWS dep
- 45+77 Tornado AG51
- J-514 F16A 313sq
- J-512 F16A nm
- J-635 F16A 313sq
- 02 C17A NATO