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The Slopes; Gilze-Rijen, 2011

Gilze-Rijen Air Base in 2011; Text and Photograph's by Alex van Noye

The Slopes at Gilze-Rijen remains the best places to photograph the helicopters of the Dutch DHC. At the beginning of 2011, I was able to capture the NH90 for the first time at this spot. In April it became clear that the Cougar would disappear within a month from the DHC. The last flight of the Cougar was planned on May 8, 2011. The disappearance of the Cougar is the result of a severe cutback in defense. For this reason I was very pleased to capture my last Cougar on photo in 2011. I was lucky to capture all 17 Cougars on photo. Besides the Cougar, all types of helicopters of the DHC appeared in front of my lens in 2011.

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