In 2013 4Aviation had travelled to Brazil for the first time for exercise Cruzex2013. This was a great success with a large variety of aircraft from Central and South American countries attending. Because of all kind of reasons, the exercise was postponed several times, but in 2018 it was put back on the calendar.
We spend five days on and around the base which gave lots of opportunities to shoot the many different aircraft under different weather conditions and many different angles.
Over 100 Brazilian armed forces aircraft and over two dozen aircraft of participating other armed forces were on view during the week.
On Sunday morning 25 November a group of nine gathered at Schiphol airport for the flight to Natal (Brazil). In Lisbon we picked up another six persons to join the tour. An old Airbus A340 brought us across the Atlantic Ocean and we landed at Natal International Airport after a smooth flight. Two more guest were waiting for us at the airport and the last two had already checked into the hotel at the beach.
Immigration and picking up the rental vans took some time, but we arrived at the hotel around midnight. The hotel keys were all prepared and while the majority went to bed, some ventured across the street to a local bar for a cold beer on this warm spring night.