Piloting his own aircraft, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands flew to Eskisehir Airforce Base on Sunday,30th March.
Piloting his own aircraft, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands flew to Eskisehir Airforce Base on Sunday,30th March. This Turkish Airforce station, situated 180 miles south east of Istanbul, contains several squadrons of modern jet fighter planes.
When he arrived the Prince inspected the Guard of Honour lined up on the air-strip, afterwards congratulating the guard commander on the splendid turn-out. Escorted by a Turkish Airforce General and staff officers, he toured the base, watching repairs being made to damaged planes, examining aircraft on the air-strips and in the hangars, and being introduced to members of the various crews.
The routine inspections were overshadowed by a series of demonstration flight with jet fighters. Prince Bernhard watched them swooping over the base, twisting and screaming across the sky. Later the pilots of these planes met the Prince and talked with him for some time.
When he left the Airforce station, Prince Bernhard went to a sugar factory, nearby. Here his party was entertained to lunch. After touring the refineries and chatting with the operatives, he signed the "Visitors' Book" and was presented with a souvenir model fighter plane by the factory staff.
The Prince ended the day at the historical town of Bursa, located between Istanbul an Eskisehir.