Collecting

Here a little story about me and my drive behind this website.

I grew up close to Soesterberg air base in the Netherlands. This was during the cold war era. The 32nd TFS “Wolfhounds”was stationed at

Me, age 12 during a 4th of July celebration at Soesterberg AB, dreaming of becoming a pilot. Sitting in the cockpit of Col. Richard “Jackal” Haglin ‘s F-15

Soesterberg and had just received their first F-15A’s.  Everyday I used to see the F-15’s flying over our village, it made an everlasting impression. With time the passion grew and every spare minute I had, I would visit the base to watch the Eagles fly. Sadly like many other USAF units in Europe the squadron was disbanded in 1994. I sure miss that howling sound of the Eagles.

To preserve the rich history of the many squadrons that operate (and have operated) the F-15, I came up with the idea to set up a website. Eagle Country is the first step. I hope that this website will grow with information and history about the F-15.

I started working as a mechanical engineer. But being infected by the flying virus, all I could think about was flying.  I got the opportunity to start with my flight training. By coincidence my first check was begin done by one of the first USAF F-15 pilots, who was retired from the air force and started instructing and examining. After completing flight training  I  started flying in Business Aviation and later on with a Dutch Airline company, besides flying I worked in various position such as Flight Safety, Flight Operations, Training, etc. and currently I am working as Flight Instructor at CAE.

Besides working in aviation I am also a collector. I am interested in the history of each unit but also the patch itself, not just fighters but from all commands. The different styles, fabric, every two three years they change, not the design these can stay the same for a long time but little things like different edge of the patch, a spelling mistake. I display them is special folders with the name of the contributor and time piece on when he served with the unit. I would like to keep the heritage alive from all the units within the USAF, USN and USMC

I store all the patches in special plastic folders to keep them in mint condition. The folders are in my Aviation room together with all the other memorabilia I collect (scarves. Name-tags, squadron plaques etc). Below you can view a glimpse, it is always open to veterans and contributors to visit and browse through. If you would like to donate, you are more than welcome please contact me at janpeter@skytrailer.nl

A part of the collection and preservation.

Patch / name-tag wall from various donators to the collection

Another project I did was for a dear friend Col. Dan “Linus” Lee whom I met through patch collecting. Dan had kept a patch from each of the units he flew in and donated them to my Air Force collection. Sadly Linus passed away suddenly and way to soon. As a tribute I made two Biography books one for his wife and one that is displayed in my collection. My goal is to preserve the flying career of Linus and the history of each patch and unit.  Below a couple of images of his Biography Patch book.

Overview of Dan’s 36th TFS assignment
NAV class Dan Lee
Dan’s USAF biography
In loving memory of Dan “Linus” Lee GIB Extraordinaire, Phantom Rider all around good guy