About us

Let us introduce ourselves!

'Flying Dutchmen' Hans Drost, Henk de Ridder, Dick Wels and Rick Versteeg form team Recce Reports. The orange color setting in our logo represents our Dutch origin. With a combined total of over 100 years experience as military aircraft spotters, we have a lot of visual output to share. In the 1970’s we used black & white film, then moved to Kodachrome color slides in the 1980’s and nowadays we make digital images. You will find a combination of new and past work on this site. 

We all started our career in aviation at Soesterberg Air Base, the Netherlands. This base was a combined home for the Royal Netherlands Air Force and the United States Air Forces in Europe. The main attraction for us were the fighters of USAFE's 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron. We discovered a passion for military aviation that we want to share. And maybe interest others in the intriguing world of past, present and future military aviation.


Hans Drost




Born in Zeist , the Netherlands
Lives in Culemborg, the Netherlands
Aircraft enhousiast since 1977


Equipment

Nikon D200
Nikon D800
Nkon Zoomlens 16-85mm F3.5 - 5.6 
Nikon Zoomlens 35-70 F2.8
Nikon Zoomlens 80-200mm  F2.8  
Nikon Zoomlens 200-500mm  F5.6

Henk de Ridder




Born in Amersfoort, the Netherlands
Lives in Leusden, the Netherlands
Aircraft enthousiast since 1972


Equipment

Nikon D300
Nikon D500
Nikon Zoomlens 16-85mm F3.5 - 5.6 
Nikon Zoomlens 70-200mm  F2.8  
Nikon Zoomlens 200-500mm  F5.6

Dick Wels




Born in Soesterberg, the Netherlands. 
Lives in Soesterberg, the Netherlands
Aircraft enthousiast since 1973


Equipment

Nikon D7100
Nikon Zoomlens 16-85mm F3.5 - 5.6 
Nikon Zoomlens 80-400mm  F4.5-5.6  VRII
Nikon 300mm F4
Nikon TC-14E III AF-S teleconverter


Rick Versteeg




Born in Amersfoort,  the Netherlands. 
Lives in Jelenia Góra, Poland 
Aircraft enthousiast since 1973


Equipment

Nikon D500
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8D
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Tokina AT-X PRO 100mm F2.8 D Macro


Rick is our Central European Correspondent



Contact us through info@reccereports.com