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  • 20.000 Flight Hours MD-900
    of the Air Support Unit as the unit moved from Brasschaat to his actual homebase at Melsbroek on the military side of Brussels National Airport which is also the home of the 15 Wing Air Transport of the Belgian Air Component In 1996 the Puma and Alouette were gradually replaced by 3 McDonell Douglas MD900 and 2 MD520N A fourth MD902 was acquired in 2010 and operationally commissioned in august

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  • Swiss Magic Trip
    animals in difficulties and out of normal reachability This was the good choice an Air Force need to be in first place present for the population in emergency situation instead of any exercise or public demonstrations SBAP would like to congratulate the Swiss Air Force authorities for this decision but also for the perfect organization All the hotels around Meiringen airbase were contacted by the communication team to warn the customers that the event was canceled so there was no need to go for a trip into the mountains But the week was reserved for a general fighter exercise and besides the Axalp demonstration all the planned missions like air to air combat or air to ground shoot were maintained but not on the Axalp range This was the opportunity to witness the operations departing from Meiringen airbase As you will see in the photo pages the activity was heavy and the participating aircraft did 3 or 4 missions a day This was also the occasion to see much kind of aircraft used by the Swiss Air Force Regarding this cancelation we have modified our program and decided to go at other bases and museum in this beautiful and aviation minded country Our program October 11 th Meiringen operations October 12 th Meiringen operations October 13 th Meiringen operations morning Payerne operations afternoon and Clin d Ailes air museum October 14 th Emmen operations morning and Dübendorf Air Force center afternoon Boeing F A 18 C D Hornet J 5002 J 5004 J 5007 J 5011 Tiger Tail J 5013 J 5014 J 5017 Falcons Tail J 5018 Panthers Tail J 5019 J 5022 J 5023 J 5026 Martien nose art J 5233 J 5236 J 5237 J 5238 Northrop F 5 E Tiger II J 3030 J 3033 J

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  • Bye bye "Mitch"...Welcome "Grat"...
    with Mitch family and friends Kleine Brogel and Florennes base commanders 349 Squadron pilots and last but not least a part of former F 16 displays pilots All those former demonstration pilots have presented the Belgian Air Force F 16 capacities during 30 years with maestria and the well known Air Force professionalism and this will continue with the 1 6 th member of this community Grat During the afternoon Mitch did a last demo flight and after the display Grat did a join up for some passes with Mitch After the landing and the congratulations the other demonstration teams Red Devils A 109 did a fly by above Vortex and a last salute was performed by a 15 th Wing C 130H that during three years were also involved in Mitch international displacements A last photo session and some interviews for the press time was coming to have a drink in a real friendly fair SBAP would like to thanks Comopsair IPR and Kleine Brogel airbase authorities for the invitation also thanks to Mitch and his all team for the thee past years of well appreciated displays and wishing all the best to Grat for the coming years In one word Bye bye Mitch Welcome Grat and always safe landing to all of you Friend of the 349 Squadron Former display pilots Rudy Chouke Schoukens and Jean Marie Toutou Toussaint Here we go for the last display Turn left full AB Vortex in action Powerfull F 16 Climbing in the smokes Knife edge pass The beautifull effect of the flares Vortex belly Low pass in the grey sky of Kleine Brogel Mitch and Vortex the man and the machine The elegant curves of the display Some more flares as final of the presentation And finaly a last high speed

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  • Breitling Sion Airshow
    effect All the conditions were present to make from this event an exceptional airshow except the weather more than capricious on Saturday and Sunday avoiding the fair weather demonstrations of the aerobatic teams and other powerful jets Despite the weather some 63 000 visitors came to the Valais capital airport to admire the demonstration and so contribute to the success of this event Guy Liesse propose a pictorial overview of this event mostly taken on Friday in good weather conditions and some of Saturday to underline the difference enjoy your visit in the Valais area A verry special and pleasant bar The early years of aviation Bleriot XI Grandjean III Santos Dumont Demoiselle n 20 One of the most modern Swiss productions the Pilatus PC 21 Pilatus PC 6 Turbo portter a military and civil commercial success Pilatus P 2 06 Alfred Conte AC 4 Morane Saulnier MS406 Yakovlev YAK 9UM Morane Saulnier MS317 Beechcraft B 18 Bombardier Chalanger from REGA company Suprmarine Spitfire Mk IX Always a star in the airshow Bücker BÛ 131 Jungmann Stampe Vertongen SV4c Max Holste MH 1521 Super Broussard Rockwell OV 10 Bronco from Montélimar flying museum Mudry CAP 10B from the Cap Tens team Extra EA300 SC Aerospatial Lama from Air Zermat Eurocopter EC 135 T2 from Air Zermat Eurocopter EC 120B Eurocopter EC 130B4 from Heli Alps Sikorsky S 76B Swiss Air Force Eurocopter EC 635 Saab JAS 39D Grippen from Sweden Eurofighter Typhoon from the German Luftwaffe Belgian Air Force with a Lockheed Martin F 16B M Grumman TBM 3E Avenger In French navy colours Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk 11 Faichild UC 61A Argus The wonderful Breitling Lockheed Super Constellation Convai PBY 5 Catalina Historic formation with a DC 3 and 2 Beech B 18 Douglas C 47B Douglas DC

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  • Brussels Air Museum in the City Lights
    is always a convivial fair bringing together active staff of the Air Force retired members who have kept the Belgian Air Force in their heart and also civilian supporters for whom the Belgian Aviation is a way of life The event was again organised in the Air and Space section of the Brussels Army Museum A prestigious place full of history and that with some fluorescent lights got a festive

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  • Rotary wings above Paris
    In 1908 the military governor of Paris banned the use of airplanes due to many complaints received from the residents of Issy les Moulineaux But this interdiction is lifted soon and in 1910 the first international race from Paris to Brussels in an airplane organised and the departure point is fixed at Issy les Moulineaux April 12th 1911 the French aviator Pierre Prier director of the Bleriot Flying School in London landed at Issy les Moulineaux coming directly from London Hendon Airfield This flight is performed with a Bleriot monoplane aircraft type The first flight between the two capitals took 3 hours and 56 minutes On May 21th 1911 is held the first Paris Madrid race and was won by Jules Védrines But the race saw also the accidental death of Maurice Berteaux Minister of War hit by the propeller of Louis Émile Train airplane attempting an emergency landing Some years later the famous Paris Air International Aviation Exhibitions are held at Issy les Moulineaux The company Appareils d Aviation des Freres Voisin was the world s first commercial airplane factory created in 1908 which was initially located in Boulogne Billancourt And in 1920 most of Voisin s manufacturing facilities were relocated in neighboring Issy les Moulineaux Avions Voisin company closed its doors in 1940 In 1922 Raoul Pateras Pescara was testing the first French helicopter there He was the conceptor of the cyclic control and thanks to his invention he could make an amazing flight of 736 meters In 1940 the airfield suffered the bombing of the Luftwaffe and was quickly under the control of the Germans After the war the buildings are becoming more prevalent around the airfield which imposes many restrictions As the tracks are now too short for modern aircraft The fast development of helicopters makes that several helicopter companies installed themselves on the airfield In 1952 is held the first International Helicopter Cup and the winner of this first edition where John Henry Monk and Gerard Henry In 1953 the planes disappear definitively from the airfield In 1956 the airfield is set under the authority of Aéroports de Paris and became the official Paris heliport In March 1957 Sabena opens during the Universal Exhibition of Brussels a passenger line between Paris and the Belgian capital The two cities are connected in1 hour 15 minutes and the helicopter line continues until 1962 The line was finally stopped because a lack of profitability reasons The field is gradually reduced for different reasons in 1958 to build the motor ring of Paris and for sport fields Later on for the construction of EDF Electricité de France tower Sofitel hotel and famous Aquaboulevard The heliport saw its frequentation decreasing every year because of competition from other fields such as Le Bourget airport and growing problems of noise pollution in an area more and more peopled By 2014 the reduction of movements is estimated from 12 000 currently to 3000 per year A third of the flights are for private

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  • Free Flight World Masters
    official French Air force Painters various stands and French Air force simulators Cap 10 and Mirage These two days were organized in two parts training and placing of marks in the morning and displays in the afternoon Unfortunately some of the teams were unable to fly on both days the Patrouille Cartouche Doré flew on the Saturday only for a training flight under an overcast sky and the Alpha jet Solo display on the Sunday only The main players for this leg of the competition were Mika Brageot and Kathel Boulanger French Aerobatic Team members with a very delicate pas de deux at the controls of their Xtrem 300 Sbach Capitaine Rallet FFWM winner after this stage and Capitaine Le Vot French Air force Aerobatic Team both flying Extra 330s A special mention for Cne Le Vot and his dazzling displays during the whole weekend Followed Brit Gerald Cooper and his Cap 232 and Eric Vazeille and Bertand Boillot who offered the public a fine dialogue between the Xtrem and the S2B Pitts Closing this aerobatic ballet was Nicolas Ivanoff flying his Edge a real star of the stage ambassador of the airshow sponsor and ex Red Bull Air Races competitor with his clean and precise flying After the propeller driven planes came the jets with a historical dimension instilled by the ever majestic Fouga Magister Then came the Alpha jet Solo Display and Capitaine Michaël and his Rafale 30 000hrs a di s play combining grace and power as always Finally there was the Patrouille de France and its customary precision flying painting the sky red white and blue above the beach where the youngest spectators could admire the show standing with their feet in the water In the margins of the airshow the public was offered a mouth

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  • 10 years Embraer
    Empty Weight 11 115 kg max Takeoff Weight 19 000 kg max Landing Weight 18 500 kg Wing Span 20 04 m Wing Area 51 2 m² Length 26 33 m Height 6 71 m Crew 2 pilot 1 flight attendant Passengers 50 Propulsion 2 Allison Rolls Royce AE3007A1 Engine Power 7419 lbf each Speed 833 km h 450 k no ts Max Mach Mach 0 78 Service Ceiling 37 000 ft Range 2 871 km 1 550 NM Empty Weight 1 2 007 kg max Takeoff Weight 22 000 kg max Landing Weight 1 9 3 00 kg Wing Span 20 04 m Wing Area 51 2 m² Length 2 9 87 m Height 6 71 m 10 years ago June 11th 2001 Major Avi Patrick jacobs Commander Officer 21 Squadron Colonel Avi André Dédé Muller 15th Wing Base Commander Embraer CEO Mr Botelho and General Avi Michel Mich Mandl cutting the official ribbon Push out of the CE01 With the Belgian Air Force band Mister Botelho CEO of Embraer company and General Michel Mandl inspecting the new aircraft A mediatic event for the Belgian Air Force The brand new Embraer ERJ 135LR CE01 The first passenger flight with the belgian press on board 10 years in service 2002 ERJ 145LR CE03 in formation with a Fouga Magister near Beauvechain 2005 ERJ 135LR CE02 in formation during the National Day 2008 the CE03 is wearing the 60 years of 15th Wing logo 2010 during an F 16AM photographic flight Eddy Bink Kellens 2010 The white tail is replaced by the blue logo of Belgian defence 2011 Take off from Koksijde air Base ERJ 135LR and ERJ 145LR together at Melsbroek Airbase tarmac Total flight hours and cycles on August 29th 2011 CE01 5523 Flight Hours 4106 Cycles CE02 5335 Flight Hours 3836 Cycles CE03 5676 Flight Hours 3605 Cycles CE04 5686 Flight Hours 3488 Cycles 10 years of service ceremony September 16th 2011 I n 2001 the first Embraer CE 01 arrives in Melsbroek and appears clearly to be a good buy First for the pilots who flew with the HS748 to 398 km per h our at 5 182 meters against 833 km per hour and 11 278 meters for the ERJ A substantial difference that would change a flight from 8 hours into to 3 hours and thus avoiding unnecessary nightstop The multiple possible configurations such as VIP and medicalized makes this aircraft available for the different missions devoted to the 15th Wing Since June 2001 the ERJ has made no less than 5300 missions around the world Kinshasa Dushanbe Cotonou with on board many different kind of passengers The 15th Wing ERJ s customers are among others members of the royal household government NATO partners soldiers of all ranks and the woundedevacuated 10 years later was held at Melsbroek Airbase a little but well convivial ceremony to mark the anniversary of the first Embraer arrival Organised by the technical section Embraer Falcon their hangar was transformed

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