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  • Winter in a jewelery box
    N3162 of No 41 Squadron coded EB G the aircraft flown by the top scoring Battle of Britain fighter ace Eric Lock who destroyed 3 enemy aircraft in a single sortie on September 5 1940 Supermarine Spitfire Mk PRXIX PM631 Spitfire PR Mk XIX PM631 was built at Reading but too late to see service in World War Two It is representative though of similar high altitude photographic reconnaissance Spitfires which did serve operationally Spitfire PR XIXs were unarmed but could fly at 370mph at 40 000 feet with pressurized cockpits and had a range of 1 500 miles Spitfire PM631 was delivered to the RAF on November 6 1945 but was stored until May 1949 when it was issued to 203 Advanced Flying School PM631 is represented as a PR XIX of No 541 Squadron which performed photographic reconnaissance missions over Europe from early 1944 to the end of the war Flight Lieutenant Ray Holmes was one of the courageous pilots of 541 Squadron who flew dangerous long range singleton photo reconnaissance flights over enemy territory Supermarine Spitfire Mk LFIXe MK356 Built at Castle Bromwich Spitfire LFIX MK356 was allocated to the newly formed 443 Hornet Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force at RAF Digby Lincolnshire in March 1944 MK356 soon moved with 144 Wing to Holmsley near Bournemouth then to Westhampnett now Goodwood and later to Ford in Sussex On April 14 1944 the plane flew its first operational mission as part of a Rodeo fighter sweep over occupied France flown by 20 year old Canadian Flying Officer Gord Ockenden who flew 19 operations in the aircraft MK356 was from then on involved in fighter sweeps and in attacking ground targets by dive bombing and strafing in the lead up to the D Day invasion and in support of the landings and fierce fighting afterwards Spitfire MK356 is now painted to represent Spitfire Mk IXc ML214 coded 5J K the personal aircraft of Squadron Leader Johnny Plagis the Commanding Officer of No 126 Squadron in July 1944 Plagis named all of his personal Spitfires after his sister Kay Katrina and ML214 bore her name on the port side above two scrolls displaying 16 swastikas his kill markings The aircraft is painted with black and white invasion stripes on the underside of the wings and rear fuselage For some unknown reason certain fighter units of the UK based No 10 Group Air Defence of Great Britain ADGB painted non standard narrower stripes on their aircraft nine inches wide instead of the standard eighteen and this was how the 126 Squadron Spitfires were marked Avro Lancaster PA474 PA474 is one of only two Lancaster aircraft remaining in airworthy condition out of the 7 377 that were built the other is in Canada with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at Hamilton Ontario PA474 rolled off the production line at the Vickers Armstrong Broughton factory at Hawarden Airfield Chester on May 31 1945 just after the war in Europe came to an end

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  • Coningsby Operations
    Typhoon FGR4 provides the RAF with a highly capable and extremely agile multi role combat aircraft capable of being deployed in the full spectrum of air operations including air policing peace support and high intensity conflict Specifications Engines 2 Eurojet EJ200 turbojets Thrust 20 000lbs each Max speed 1 8Mach Length 15 96m Span 11 09m Max altitude 55 000ft Armament Paveway IV AMRAAM ASRAAM Mauser 27mm Cannon Enhanced Paveway II Coll SBAP Initially deployed in the air to air role as the Typhoon F2 the aircraft now has a potent and precise multirole capability The pilot can carry out many functions by voice command or through a hands on stick and throttle system HOTAS Combined with an advanced cockpit and the Helmet Equipment Assembly HEA the pilot is superbly equipped for all aspects of air operations Britain Germany Italy and Spain formally agreed to start development of the aircraft in 1988 with contracts for a first batch of 148 aircraft of which 53 were for the RAF signed ten years later Deliveries to the RAF started in 2003 to 17 R Sqn who was based at BAE Systems Warton Aerodrome in Lancashire alongside the factory where the aircraft were assembled while detailed development and testing of the aircraft was carried out Formal activation of the first Typhoon Squadron at RAF Coningsby occurred on July 01 2005 The aircraft took over responsibility for UK QRA on June 29 2007 and was formally declared operational as an advanced Air Defence platform on January 01 2008 Initial production aircraft of the F2 Tranche 1 standard were capable of air to air roles only and were the first Typhoons to hold UK QRA duties In order to fulfill a potential requirement for Typhoon to deploy to Op HERRICK urgent single nation work was conducted on Tranche 1 to develop an air to ground capability in 2008 Tranche 1 aircraft were declared multi role in July 2008 gaining the designation FGR4 T3 2 seat variant fielding the Litening Laser Designator Pod and Paveway 2 Enhanced Paveway 2 and 1000lb freefall class of weapons All F2 T1 aircraft have been upgraded to FGR4 T3 Tranche 2 aircraft deliveries started under the 4 nation contract in 2008 but in the air to air role only These aircraft were deployed to the Falkland Islands to take over duties from the Tornado F3 in September 2009 A total of 53 Tranche 1 aircraft were delivered with Tranche 2 contract provisioning for 91 more aircraft 24 of these were diverted to fulfill the RSAF export campaign leaving 67 Tranche 2 aircraft due for delivery to the RAF The Tranche 3 contract has been signed and will deliver 40 aircraft With the Tranche 1 aircraft fleet due to retire over the period 2015 18 this will leave 107 Typhoon aircraft in RAF service until 2030 Weapons integration will include Meteor air to air missile Paveway IV Storm Shadow Brimstone and Small Diameter Bombs Additionally it is intended to upgrade the

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  • Falcon Half Fleet
    on its faith the Falcon 20 will be stored in a hangar at the military airport at Melsbroek Difficultly saleable due to its age it could be used on good authority for spare parts for its twin which is due to come back from Basel Switzerland after a D level maintenance check The Defence department as other federal departments is ruled by the economic budget cuts decided by the Michel 1st government Last month the announcement was made that the white bodies used for passenger transport an Airbus A321 two Embraer ERJ 135 two Embraer ERJ 145 two Dassault Falcon 20 and one Dassault Falcon 900 will see their flight planning reduced by 40 in 2015 Belga sources In a future report we will take you to the boundaries of flight with the Fa20 During their active service years the Fa20 were also flown over the Atlantic to Goose Bay in the Labrador region of Canada Stay tuned Teaser One that I remember very well is a crew qualification flight across the Atlantic We flew to Goose Bay Labrador region of Canada via Keflavik Iceland and we returned to Brussels in a single leg all in just 5 hours and 30 minutes We landed in Brussels with more than the regulatory reserve remaining in the fuel tanks The first official picture of the Falcon CM 01 Coll Serge Van Heertum SBAP Melsbroek open door 1976 Family day in the early 1980 New paint fine light blue sheet line little national flag and the Royal House logo Belly landing at Gosselies in early 1996 Coll Serge Van Heertum SBAP Loaded on a truck to get back home base Coll Serge Van Heertum SBAP Landing after national day fly pass in july 1997 note the BAF 50 anniversary logo under the 21

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  • Rage Design
    Tiger aircraft but to imagine a complete visual identity for the last days of the Squadron and above all to design the black and gold Mirage 2000 n 103 which was to be the highlight of the closure ceremonies Together with this aircraft which has now been decommissioned and is preserved with its special paint at Chateaudun I imagined the tailfins of a Mirage 2000 and a Rafale to symbolize the transfer of Tiger SPA162 from 1 12 Cambrésis to 1 7 Provence based in St Dizier In 2013 for its first participation in a NATO Tiger meet in Orland Norway 1 7 Provence asked me to design the Tiger instinct livery for Rafale n 107 The target was met as it placed third for design Not far from St Dizier Fighter Squadron 3 3 Ardennes was celebrating its 70th anniversary and asked me to conceive the new Squadron s visual identity and a Mirage 2000D bearing a boar s head the boar being the unit mascot 2014 has indeed been a great year with the decoration of no fewer than 5 aircraft 1 7 Provence s Thundertiger for the Schleswig Germany NTM first of all the aircraft got the silver medal for its design Then the Alphajet that commemorated the 8th Wing s 50th anniversary ETOs 1 8 Nice and 2 8 Saintonge based in Cazaux where Belgian pilots are also trained The EH 3 67 Fennec was my first helicopter wearing a double white and silver Pegasus The Cognac based Epsilon was decorated to celebrate the 30 years of the Armée de l Air pilot s school as well as the arrival of Escadrille Petit Prince within EIV 2 12 Picardie And last but by no means least there has been the Transall for the 70 years of Wing 64 1 64 Béarn and 2 64 Anjou This was a real first for this type of livery on a transport aircraft Piper J3 Cub F BGXC Blériot Aeroclub 2012 Régis Rocca Serge Van Heertum Tweety When you leave the drawing board to apply your project on the aircraft there are most probably constraints Can you explain how things are done Rage One has to be realistic things are not as automatic as computer technology would lead to believe My plans and my work are developed in 2D even if I see things in 3D mentally and obviously curves and volumes appear differently when applying paint with more volume or more angles than imagined Ideally I would need one example of each aircraft in my garden but that is not the case That is why I always try to be present when paint in applied in order to adjust details on the job in the case of problems The positive thing is that I have never been faced with such a problem that I had to redesign a project or to remove parts of it Each livery begins with a long documentation and research work about the aircraft and

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  • A good old boy...
    above the ground and one KA 91C panoramic camera which scans from side to side to provide a wide sweep for each picture used for high altitude photography at approximately 35 000 feet 11 000 m The OC 135B modifications center around the four cameras installed in the rear of the aircraft Since its primary mission is to take pictures most of the installed equipment and systems provide direct support to the cameras and the camera operator Other modifications to the aircraft also included installing an auxiliary power unit crew luggage compartment sensor operator console flight following console and upgraded avionics Other modifications support the aircrew A gaseous oxygen system replaced the liquid oxygen system to be more compatible with foreign airfields and fluorescent lighting system was added throughout the cabin to provide adequate lighting for operation and inspections Four upgraded seats with a conference table interphone lighting and oxygen comprise the mission commanders station for both countries mission commanders A four channel interphone system enables segregated communications between various elements on board The auxiliary power unit enables the aircraft to start engines and provides electrical power and cabin heat independent of ground support equipment It was manufactured by Allied Signal with the installation and design of the installation by E Systems and World Auxiliary Power Company The aircraft are assigned to Air Combat Command at the 55th Wing 45th Reconnaissance Squadron Offutt Air Force Base Nebraska Open Skies The Treaty on Open Skies came into play on January 1 2002 and currently has 34 States involved It establishes a program of unarmed aerial surveillance flights over the entire territory of its participants The treaty is designed to enhance mutual understanding and confidence by giving all participants regardless of size a direct role in gathering information about military forces and

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  • Fulcrum Summer
    Sunday display was flown late in the afternoon resulting in some challenging but great lightning conditions Polish Air Force The Polish Air Force took possession of its first MiG 29s in 1989 12 examples in total The machines went to the first squadron 1 PLM based at Mi sk Mazowiecki that was and is responsible for the air defense of the capital Warsaw The squadron proudly wears the city crest the Syrenka or Little Mermaid as the unit badge In the period 1995 96 10 Fulcrums from the Czech Republic were added to the inventory to replace the last MiG 21bis fighters A number of W 3 Sokol helicopters were transferred to the Czechs as payment In 2003 21 German Fulcrums were delivered for the symbolic payment of 1 euro Over the years the Polish MiGs underwent upgrade programs and 28 single seat and 8 double seat examples are currently used at Mi sk Mazowiecki and Malbork The Polish MiGs have a camouflage scheme in different shades of grey that was applied during an overhaul in the period 1997 2007 At Gilze Rije MiG 29GT 4110 red could be admired in the static Red 4110 is based ad Malbork and wears the unit badge of 41 elt The unit badge applied under the cockpit shows a knight with a MiG 21 silhouette as background It is a former East German machine that was used by the Luftwaffe until its handover to the Polish Air Force in 2003 Two Fulcrum were present at Kleine Brogel Both were from 1 elt the former 1 PLM 67 red was used by the display pilots The aircraft is adorned with the Ko ciuszko emblem on its upper surface and below the cockpit It dates back to the Ko ciuszko squadron of the 1920 Polish Russian war the emblem was thereafter used by the 111 Fighter Flight until 1939 and by the No 303 Polish Squadron RAF during the second world war The emblem has been accepted as an emblem by the 1e flight of the 1 PLM and was inherited by 1 elt Like a number of other Polish Fulcrums 67 red commemorates a character from the rich Polish Air Force history on its inner tail surfaces Here this is Wojciech Kolaczkowski He joined the Air Force in 1931 After the German invasion in 1939 he was able to fled Poland and came to France via Romania Yugoslavia and Greece In July 1940 he arrived in Great Brittan and was assigned to the No 303 Polish Squadron in December In September 1942 he became commander of 2 Polish Fighter Wing The Polish Air Force MiG 29 Solo Display Team consisted in 2014 of Lt Col Piotr Kuman Iwaszko and Captain Adrian Rojek The display started with an impressive take off whereby the two powerful Klimov engines pushed the machine into the vertical A further highlight was the performance of the awesome tail slide It shows off the tolerance of the engines and inlet design

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  • In Live For Life
    low altitude about 50 meters passed above my house and headed directly to a field situated at the end of a dead end street 250 meters away He landed immediately without making any recognition pattern I recognized the Sanevac helicopter from Bra sur Lienne Almost at the same time an ambulance arrived that I guided to the street The time for me to take my camera and walk there the medical team disappeared in a nearby house After 10 minutes the medical team left the house with the patient on a stretcher who was embarked in the helicopter by the rear In no more than 5 minutes the helicopter took off and flew to the CHU Centre Hospitalier Universitaire of Liège at about 30 kilometers I was informed a few days later by my neighbour himself who was the victim that he had had some symptoms of an eminent heart attack which justified this evacuation by air in emergency especially because he already had a heart attack before In 2010 SBAP did already a report on this medevac team but now this is the proof of high professionalism of this company and that the medical evacuations by helicopter in rural

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  • SBAP End of Year meeting
    It goes without saying that Mr Taquet was highly sollicited for his autograph which he hartly did to the greatest pleasure of all Aeronuatical discussions were countless from all kind of souvenirs over to the past year onto 2015 and the already known events which will allow us to fill our agendas After this little gastronomical and convivial time together the team headed towards the air museum to take the souvernir picture of this day This was easier said than done as the big outside door was closed just in front of us compelling us to take the normal entrance For security reasons we had invited our ladies not to take any big handbags as they could get held back at the entrance Despite this one of our guests had to leave her tiny handbag 10cm x 10cm at the counter to prevent theft For the record it is very difficult to put a plane a tank or an armoured vehicle in a bag measuring 10cm by 10cm and most of the showcases containing little pieces are sealed We are used to the manners of the museum guards knowing them for long years but we can not get rid of the idea which image they give to the tourists who discover the museum for the first time Let us not forget that at this moment personnal of the army museum themselves are the dominant theme in the media regarding internal thefts and the disappearance of unique collection pieces sold to scrap dealers Sadly our adventure did not end there as the acces to the air museum hall was blocked for safety reasons After much arguing and threats with a guard and his chief they finally decided to open the access and we had our group picture taken We think it

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