Jet-setting Around Europe

Martyn Cartledge recounts a day’s photography on the Continent and proves you don’t have to be an international man of mystery or a seasoned globetrotter to visit several different countries in the same day…

Brussels Airlines’ fleet of logojets are a highly desirable target for photographers. This includes Airbus A320-214 OO-SNA (c/n 1441), which wears a striking patriotic livery to promote the national football team, nicknamed the Red Devils.
Close proximity to the European Commission and the NATO headquarters ensures an interesting array of visitors at Brussels National, such as this Russian Air Force Ilyushin Il-76.
Brussels National’s two elevated viewing platforms offer excellent views of the three runways and various aprons and are popular spots for locals and visitors alike. Spencer Bennett

When it comes to aviation enthusiasts and photographers, it’s unlikely there’s many airfields, particularly in mainland Europe, that haven’t been graced with our presence. But for every die-hard ‘spotter’ who’s willing to exhaust their budget, and indeed themselves, gallivanting to the far corners of the world in pursuit of those elusive airframes, there are many more who are satisfied with spending the day at their local airport.

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