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  • Belgian National Day
    direction Heist op den B erg where for a good twenty minutes we made holding until the other aircraft of the 15th Wing rejoin us Heading towards middelburg and join up with C 130H and Embraer After overcoming the Alpha Jet and F 16 around Gent area turn left to Aalst usual point used to align all the planes for the pass over Brussels During the approach of the target of the mission the royal palace we were able to see a real rain wall Brussels was effectively covered by a heavy rain as announced by the meteorologists the traditional national rain shower was respected It is with a poor visibility that the Royal palace was overflown at 16 20 timing of the mission was fully respected After the pass over Brussels we left the rainy area that had really concentrated on the capital heading Beauvechain airbase and altitude recovery to integrate the landing pattern of Brussels National Airport Landing runway 25L at 16 30 and taxi back to the military airport Mission accomplished for the crew It was a n amazing flight it is rare to fly over Belgium on board an aircraft like the Airbus A330 at an altitude allowing to see the landscape so clearly and recognize some specific points of our geography SBAP team would like through these few lines to thank the Belgian Air Force authorities the Comopsair IPR team for the organization and the very friendly crew of our flight Boarding the Airbus A330 The spacious cabin The rest of 15th Wing fleet forseen for tha aerial parade C 130H Hercules and the Embraer Safety demonstration Holding point 25R Lufthansa technics building and the two former Belgian Air Force A310 Cargo side of Brussels Airport Brucargo The gigantic parking of Renault Vilvoorde Right turn

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  • Spangdahlem : 52th FW Open House
    the 49th TFW changed their F 100 aircraft for the Republic F 105D F Thunderchief The 49th TFW was the only European USAF unit to operate the thud Republic F 105D Thunderchief Republic F 105F Thunderchief On March 9th 1967 the Wing began his conversion on McDonnell Douglas F 4D Phantom II The 49 TFW remained at Spangdahlem until July 1st 1968 when it moved to Holloman Air Force Base New Mexico On January 1st 1969 the 36th Tactical Fighter Wing based at Bitburg Air Base assumed the operational control of Spangdahlem and became a dual based wing The Squadrons of the 36th TFW assigned to Spangdahlem were 23d Tactical Fighter Squadron F 4D Tail Code BS red tail stripe 39th Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron EB 66C Tail Code BV green tail stripe detached from Shaw AFB South Carolina Mc Donnell Douglas F 4 C Phantom II Douglas EB 66C Douglas EB 66C On December 31st 1971 the 52th Tactical Fighter Wing was transferred from Suffolk County AFB New York to Spangdahlem The 39 TEWS went back to Shaw Air Force Base on January 1st 1973 and was replaced by the 81st Tactical Fighter Squadron from Zweibrücken Air Base flying the McDonnell Douglas EF 4C Phantom II The 52th TFW gained its third fighter squadron with the activation of the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron on November 15th 1976 January 1st 1977 the 52th TFW operational squadrons 23d Tactical Fighter Squadron F 4D black tail stripe Code SP 81st Tactical Fighter Squadron EF 4C yellow tail stripe Code SP 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron F 4D red tail stripe Code SP In 1979 the Wild Weasel F 4G was chosen to replace the EF 4C fleet of the 81th TFS and in 1981 the F 4D of the 23rd and 480th fighter Squadron where replaced by the F 4E Mc Donnell Douglas F 4 D Phantom II Mc Donnell Douglas E F 4 C Phantom II Mc Donnell Douglas F 4 G Phantom II Europe one camoflage Mc Donnell Douglas F 4 G Phantom II Hill Camoflage When becoming fully operational in November 1983 the 52th TFW became the first and only all defense wing outside the United States During this period each Squadrons of the wing s flown a mixture of E and G model F 4 Phantom II with Wild Weasel capabilities In April 1987 the 52th TFW began the replacement of the F 4s with Block 30 32 F 16C D Fighting Falcons for the 23rd TFS and 480th TFS These were later replaced with Block 50 versions in 1993 The last USAF operational F 4E Phantom II aircraft departed Spangdahlem AFB in December 1987 In the late 1990 the 81th TFS was equipped exclusively with F 4G and deployed 24 aircraft to Sheikh Isa Air Base Bahrain during Desert Storm operation On October 1st 1991 the 52th TFW was renamed 52th Fighter Wing At closure of RAF Bentwaters United Kingdom on January 4th 1993 the 510th Fighter Squadron

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  • Black Thunder is operational
    registration for the Federal Police was ferried from Odense Denmark through Groningen Eelde in the Netherlands to its home base at Melsbroek military side of Brussels National Airport Black Thunder was later on flown to the European Support Center of MD Helicopters at Zwartberg airport Belgium where it received the necessary adaptations to be brought to police standards including communications navigation camera New on the G 16 is the chin

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  • Saint Dizier...
    As it used to do with the Jaguars the squadron still performs strike missions but its main mission is air defense thanks to the high capacities of the Rafale The secondary mission of the Provence is transformation and training of all French Air Force Rafale pilots plus the annual control of their know how The second main unit of the air base is EC 01 091 Gascogne Also flying the Rafales this squadron has arrived at Saint Dizier in 2008 It is operational since July 2010 and its main mission is nuclear deterrence with ASMP A nuclear missile s Since June 2010 another unit is working at Saint Dizier The Escadron de transformation Rafale ETR 02 092 Aquitaine was created as a special proper genuine centre of expertise for the use of the Rafale Crews of both French Air Force and French Navy are working together in this totally new structure This unit allows 1 the training on the simulator for the benefit of flight crews 2 standardization of the use of the plane 3 study of new tactics and 4 analysis and validation of various concepts and program me s The squadron can welcome a dozen trainees either straight from school or having begun their careers on other fighters Every year the Aquitaine teaches eight young trainees six for the Air Force and two for the Navy as well as about fifteen pilots and armament systems experienced officers The ETR is composed of about twenty instructor pilots and simulator instructors The squadron uses the planes of the base as well as the Cent re of simulation Rafale One Rafale M h as been deployed by the French Navy to Saint Dizier It is operated by ten marine mechanics EDSA 05 950 Barrois is the last but not least of the main units based at Saint Dizier It is a ground to air defense squadron with a mission of protection alert and surveillance which operates ground to air Crotale new generation missiles mobile Mistral missiles and 20mm AAA guns The squadron completes its control system by the activation of a watch on sight network It participates regularly in active measures of air safety through the implementation of the concept of protection bubble and can be deployed in foreign theatres of operation At this point in time all the Rafales flown by French forces are using fully integrated avionics systems with standard F3 2 The Rafale is now fully serviceable in any air defense strike or reconnaissance mission and can use all new reconnaissance pod Reco NG targeting pod Damocles AASM IR Exocet missile s etc Some of th e se systems are not yet in operational service and some of them were not delivered in sufficient number s to the French forces and in consequence tactical use must be planned in advance to be most efficient With the addition of standard F3 2 the radar is at last fully operational with full capacities even in air to sea or terrain

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  • Paris Le Bourget 2011
    case for the future unmanned aircraft of the French Army which are at study level by Dassault Aviation just like at EADS and thus to avoid extremely expensive doubled blooms with the taxpayers The guéguerre sic should not be any more and the large manufacturers must join this is in the long term what wants the president and the government which will set up a monitoring of the processes During the 2011 edition it is necessary to note two main tendencies in the aeronautical world The first of these is the ecology and the clean plane Several manufacturers launched out in this crenel such as for example EADS which took again the concept of the Cricri the smallest plane of the world to be equipped by four electric motors becoming thus the smallest four engined plane of the world And let us not forget the presence of the well known Solar Impulse which is the current one representing flight without fossil energy The second tendency is the increase of unmanned planes called drone Indeed a multitude of models were presented and force is to note that considerable manufacturers launched out in this field to have a part of this gigantic market The edition 2011 was also characterized by a strong American presence as well military as civilian even if the giant Boeing made only a short appearance of two days with the B 787 Dreamliner and the new version of the Jumbo B747 8 Once again it was an excellent edition self with less of real innovations Sadly the flying demonstrations were not as the one some years ago when large manufacturers needed to present their all catalog in a wonderful ballet like it was with the Falcon family of Dassault or all the different ATR models flying all together

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  • Koksijde airshow 2011
    Koksijde was certainly a unique opportunity to see them in action and we guess that this will not happen again soon In addition to all present teams including our national Red Devils the main theme was the 65 year history of the Belgian Air Force which took its roots in the Royal Air Force and was declared as an independent force in October 1946 The program gave us the possibility to admire old glories who once wore the black yellow and red colors of Belgium Note the SV4 Harvard Fouga Magister Dragon Rapide DC 3 Dakota and of course a Spitfire Mk IX that brought us back in time and allowed us to see the Belgian Air Force as it was in the past Other demonstrations were also on the list of events for example a Swiss Air Force F A 18 that gave a powerful demonstration in short great art The organizers had a great idea by programming the airshow on Wednesday between 13 00 and 22 00 This dusk airshow allowed to admire a glider with fireworks and our national Mitch with his faithful Vortex offering his demonstration at sunset underlining the lines of his plane and making the use of flares really impressive and magical The airshow was officially opened during a ceremony held in Koksijde town in the presence of city authorities and the Belgian Air Force authorities At this opening ceremony a new book was presented about the 65 years of the jewel of our military history The mayor of Koksijde was honored to receive the first copy out of the hands of General Claude Van De Voorde This official moment was followed by an open air concert given by the Belgian Air Force orchestra a fly by and as finale of the concert a

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  • Belgian Night Beauties
    giving amazing colors to the tiger and the Vortex When the night came the technicians switched on the aircraft navigation lights strobe light and position lights to give the most beautiful effect Even the runway lights were switched on to have a special effect in the background giving the chance to take some really remarkable pictures More than words can tell the pictures speak for themselves It was a great

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  • Hide hazelnuts...Chipmunk invasion !
    the field while other areas were open for aircrews to practice and improve their formation flying skills Some crews arrived on June 1 th but June 2 nd was the normal arrival day However some aircrafts made one or two local flights including even aerobatics The Victors a civilian Belgian aerobatic team landed at 15h00 and took off one hour later for a nice presentation After some rest the team left the field in close formation at 17h45 When I left the airfield around 18h00 most of the airplanes were parked on the ground but there was still some air activity a Yak 52 display rehearsal and a locally based Cessna and some gliders In total 13 Chipmunks came at Zoersel total planes was aound 50 to 70 Around 20 sorties a day was registered Regarding the growing success of this event the organistaors totalized about 90 visiting press photographers and spotters plus many more regular visitors De Havilland DHC 1 on June 2nd WB 671 WK 590 WP 803 WB565 WK577 WP896 WB703 WP903 WG321 WP973 WB756 Chipmunk Mk 22 c n C1 119 Chipmunk Mk 22 c n C1 910 Chipmunk Mk 22 c n C1 697 Chipmunk Mk 22 c n C1 017 Chipmunk Mk 22 c n C1 598 Chipmunk Mk 22 c n C1 766 Chipmunk Mk 22A c n C1 15 1 Chipmunk Mk 22 c n C1 776 Chipmunk Mk 22 c n C1 393 Chipmunk Mk 22 c n C1 839 Chipmunk Mk 22 c n C1 205 G BWTG G BWVZ G HAPY G PVET G BCYM G BWVY G ARMC G BCGC G DHCC G BCPU G AOJR Remarks Chipmunk T 10 Mk 10 de Havilland Gipsy Major 8 engined version for the Royal Air Force 735 built Chipmunk Mk

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