Oldtimer-Fliegertreffen 2016 Hahnweide Gliding Site, Germany 9-11 September 2016 Report by Peter and Kim Davison This annual gathering of vintage and veteran aircraft, just south of Stuttgart, grows in popularity every year. This year it coincided with the last weekend of the local school holidays and extremely hot weather and attracted huge crowds on the weekend. There were over a hundred classic aeroplanes, any six of which would be star attractions at many less specialist events. Being a long, thin, grass runway, gliding field, one might also conclude that the event is in danger of outgrowing the venue. The closeness and aspect of the runway creates some fine photo opportunities despite the sun being in your eyes in the afternoon.
Malmen Air Base, Linkoping, Sweden, 27-28th August 2016 Report by Peter Davison Malmen is the main helicopter base for the Swedish Armed Forces. It has re-equipped over the last decade with Agusta 109s and Sikorsky Blackhawks being the main players. These types featured heavily in the flying display and static park along with a variety of international visitors. Malmslatt is also home to the Swedish Air Force Museum and a growing historic flight including the jet fighters from SAAB that are built at the nearby Linkoping factory.