Military aviation and Images
By Ronald Stevelink
My name is Ronald Stevelink and I am born in the early seventies, in the height of the cold war, under the smoke of runway 24 of Twenthe Airbase in the eastern part of the Netherlands, 10km from the German border.
I grew up with the understanding how important it is to have a strong defence force; the one and only “enemy” was just 400 km away…
The area was full of airbases and a perfect place to become an aviation enthusiast. Twenthe Airbase had two squadrons flying with NF-5A/B. Hopsten airbase at only 60 km away had one wing, Jagbombergeschwader 36, "Westfalen" together with 50 Phabulous F-4F Phantoms. RAF Gutersloh at 120 km had two squadrons of Harriers and not to forget the live firing training area at Nordhorn Klausheide only 35 km away. The latter, the only operational remaining to date. It is obvious that during that time the countries in Northern Europe did have a defence force roughly five times bigger than now in 2016.
But the threat of attacks is not significantly lower. Nowadays various “groups” try to destabilize any country and the importance of a strong defence force is more necessary than ever. This is not always understood in current societies. That is exactly the reason this website is created: To provide insights and more understanding of varying armed forces and enhance the public relations with the society by featuring articles regarding their activities.
This website focusses mainly on Air Forces. Several articles of mine have been published in numerous magazines. Further on this page are examples of articles, in PDF, published, mostly in Dutch language.
I hope you enjoy the pictures and articles on this website. Hope to see you somewhere.
All pictures (c) Ronald Stevelink.
And some analog slides. To show the history of the Phabulous Phantom.