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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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Military Movements Eindhoven

Eindhoven Air Base in 2016; Eindhoven, 2016

The year in Eindhoven started with a series of night shots when a KDC-10 returned during the dark hours. The special visitors of the year came to Eindhoven in February when an Austrian and an Italian Hercules came by to pick up a load. The highlight of the year was the visit of a Jordanian Il-76. After the droppings around the Market Garden Memorial, there was a Canadian CC150 which came along to pick up the men who would return home after the mission. The year was ended with a Spanish Hercules and a few aircraft in the dark.

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Special Forces Exercise Black Blade

Black Blade 2016, part 2; Florennes, November 30, 2016

In the weeks of November, 14 until November, 30, 2016, the exercise Black Blade took place at the Belgian airbase Florennes. Black Blade 2016 is one of the exercises in Europe, which took place as part of the Helicopter Exercise Program (HEP). Black Blade 2016 is a tactical training and will take three weeks. Black Blade offers participants a unique opportunity to train the planning and execution of these kinds of missions within a common framework. During the exercise Black Blade 2016 several European partner countries participated.

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The Helicopter Exercise Program

Black Blade 2016, part 1; Florennes, November 30, 2016

The Exercise Black Blade 2016 was held this year at the Belgian airbase Florennes and is an operation of the Special Forces. The exercise is facilitated by the European Defense Agency (EDA). This organization has established the Helicopter Exercise Program (HEP) since 2004 for the training of the helicopter crews. The EDA was established by several European States which believed that there was a need for a common security and defense policy. The European Union's defense capabilities are in this way linked to each other.

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