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Welcome to Runway 28. On this website you will find everything which is related to the modern military aviation. The reason why I have chosen the name of Runway 28 is simple. Runway 28 is the name of the main runway at the airbase of Gilze-Rijen. The hobby around the modern military aviation started a long time ago for me at this base. Nowadays, I still consider Gilze-Rijen as my home base. Because of this, there are a lot of pictures of the helicopters of the Defense Helicopter Command on this site. This website is my personal port- folio which is related to aviation photography. Runway 28 was launched in 2007. At that moment the website was not what it supposed to be. The development of this website from scratch until final product which is shown here has lasted two years at least. For me it was the first time I have built a web page like this. This web site became a comprehensive collection of photo- graphs and travelogues in the meanwhile.

In the trip reports section of this web page you can find story’s of my journeys in my own country and abroad. The trip reports are listed chronologically by year. The trip reports section tells us how I experienced the journeys in a personal style. Also they contain many informative aspects of units, locations and types of aircraft. Next to this each report contains an extensive photo report which makes the report complete. In the photo gallery I show especially my pictures which I’ve made at my own home base Gilze-Rijen and De Oirschotse Heide. Those areas are regular visited by me. Besides the pictures from my surroundings, I also publish my photos of reports that I've made throughout Europe which didn’t made it to the trip reports section. These series are not comprehensive enough for that section, but certainly worth showing here in the gallery. This site contain also an overview of all my publications next to al those reports. These articles may be published in several magazines but also they can be published on the Internet. The complete articles including the accompanying photos can most of the time be found in the magazines while on the internet most of the time only photos are published. Almost all articles which I have written for the magazines are also published on this website in the trip reports section. Enjoy reading these stories’s and watch the photo reports on this website.

With Kind Regards, Alex van Noye


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The Future of the Royal Air Force

RAF 100th Anniversary, part 5; RAF Fairford, July 15 & 16, 2018

The vision for the future of the Royal Air Force runs parallel with the support of current British military operations in the entire world. For the future, fighter aircraft of the fifth generation will be introduced at the RAF. There is increasing focus on network-enabled options and greater interoperability with NATO members. The current RAF is a lot more compact than the organization has ever been in its rich history. The focus has shifted over the years from a large air force to a smaller and very mobile air force which can be deployed anywhere.

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The RAF: A Flexible Organization

RAF 100th Anniversary, part 4; RAF Fairford, July 15 & 16, 2018

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, much would change in Europe and therefore also for the RAF. European countries that were considered hostile became now European allies. The power balance of the Cold War period was gone. A new era would dawn for the European countries and the war against terror would start. The RAF is still an important partner of many countries around the world today. The organization of the current RAF is nowadays compact, modern, fast and flexible deployable around the world with its NATO partners.

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The RAF during the Cold War

RAF 100th Anniversary, part 3; RAF Fairford, July 15 & 16, 2018

Shortly after the Second World War, there a turbulent period took place for Europe and therefore also for the RAF. Europe was slowly rebuilt and the geopolitical situations were shifted in the world. Eventually, the RAF, as NATO ally with the Western European countries, would enter the Cold War against the Soviet Union and the Warschau Pact. After the victory in the Second World War, the RAF had to be reorganized further to be ready for the future. Technological progress was continued with the arrival of jet fighters and jet bombers.

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The RAF during World War II

RAF 100th Anniversary, part 2; RAF Fairford, July 15 & 16, 2018

During the Second World War, the decisiveness and dedication of the Royal Air Force would play a major role during the many combat missions. At the beginning of the war, it quickly became clear that without decent aircraft the war was lost. The British were forced to drastically increase the development of new aircraft. The RAF underwent a rapid expansion after the outbreak of the Second World War against Germany in 1939. This expansion consisted of the training of British aircrews in the British Commonwealth countries.

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Founding the RAF in 1918

RAF 100th Anniversary, part 1; RAF Fairford, July 15 & 16, 2018

The Royal Air Force (RAF) are the air forces of the United Kingdom. This military branch was founded at the end of the First World War on April 1, 1918. This makes the RAF the oldest independent air force in the world. This year, during the RIAT at RAF Fairford, the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force was be celebrated. Although the British were not the first to use military aircraft heavier than air, the RAF is still the oldest independent air force in the world. The RAF was the first air force to become independent from the army or navy.

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