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  • Dakota Historical Center new DC-3
    market In August 1946 the plane was registered in France as F BEIG During around 40 years the plane was in service in different French companies like the Service Général de l Aviation Civile SGAC as a calibration aircraft for navigation aid systems Later on the plane was owned by Bretagne Air Service Normandy Aero services and finally Stellar In 1988 the plane was acquired by the Sabena Old Timers foundation but due to budgetary problems the plane was sold a year later to Christian Verderslyen a Belgian pilot from Luxair In 1990 the C 47 registered LX DKT was named Le Petit Prince The Belgo Luxembourg company Legend Air created by Christian Verderslyen as Dakota freaks had a main objective historical aircraft preservation and history of aviation promotion They flew with the C 47 until 1992 Stored at Oostende Airport for 10 years now the plane was damaged in a storm and collided into a Boeing B707 also stored there After months of negotiations and administration problems finally this historic plane was donated to the Belgian Air Force 15 th Wing historical center to be preserved near is new brother of arm the Fairchild C 119G CP10 and Percival Pembroke RM7 Months of preparation where needed and performed by the voluntary restoration team of the historical center before they could start the transportation from Oostende Airport to Melsbroek Air b ase The night of March 7th to March 8 th 2011 was chosen to perform the transport assured by the Flight Aircraft Recovery of Beauvechain airbase and the 11 th battalion Genie of Burcht under the control of MOV Ctl Gp Air Recovery Genie and finally the Dakota has its last retirement place let s hope since around 4 o clock that morning Time now for more restoration and

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  • NH90 the first Belgian
    has decided today during a Council of Ministers to procure 10 NH90 helicopters consisting of 8 firm orders 4 TTH and 4 NFH plus 2 optional aircraft This is the confirmation of the strong interest shown by Belgium towards the NH90 since the very early stages of the Programme when Belgium was involved with the first design studies launch by NATO Belgium is now the 14th country ordering the NH90 and the 2nd country after Portugal in 2001 to join the international programme organisation NAHEMO which was initially formed in order to gather the National Armament Directors of the 4 countries which have instigated the NH90 Programme i e France Germany Italy and The Netherlands joined by Portugal in 2001 The Belgian industry will benefit from to the procurement of NH90 helicopters through an extensive industrial cooperation programme With 4 NFH and 4 TTH the NH90 helicopters will provide the Belgian Armed Forces with comprehensive Search and Rescue Naval and Tactical Transport capabilities The NH90 is a new generation military helicopter equipped with modern technology and systems able to perform any kind of mission by day or night and in adverse weather conditions The NH90 features a corrosion free carbon fibre fuselage fly by wire controls composite rotors and many other leading edge technologies NHIndustries is also pleased to announce that the NH90 will be presented to the Belgian public Static Display only Live instrument panel on the occasion of the next national aeronautical event Helidays in Bierset from 12th to 13th May 2007 The twin engine medium size NH90 helicopter is provided by the consortium NHIndustries the Company owned by AgustaWestland 32 Eurocopter 62 5 and Stork Fokker 5 5 The NH90 helicopter programme is the largest ever launched in Europe with firm orders now reaching 453 units plus 102 options to equip and modernize the Armed Forces of France Germany Italy The Netherlands Portugal Finland Norway Sweden Greece Oman Australia New Zealand Spain and Belgium Final negotiation steps are in progress with several other Defence Forces to secure contracts concerning 76 additional NH90 both in the Tactical Transport and Naval versions June 19th 2007 A formal decision by Belgium to acquire NH90 helicopters taken on 27 April 2007 NAHEMA signed yesterday afternoon the purchase contract for 10 NH90 helicopters for Belgium at the Cercle Militaire Saint Augustin in Paris during the Paris Air Show 2007 The order for 10 NH90 consists of 4 TTH and 4 NFH plus 2 optional TTH aircraft With both TTH and NFH versions the NH90 helicopters will provide the Belgian Armed Forces with maritime and tactical transport capabilities One of the primary missions of these aircraft will be to provide Belgium with an advanced Search and Rescue SAR capability These aircraft will be operated by the Air component of Belgian Armed Forces regrouping under a unique command all military flying equipment of Belgium Belgium represents the 14th customer ordering the NH90 and the 6th country to join NAHEMO the international NH90 Programme organisation

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  • Red Devils 2011
    the occasion of it 65th anniversary The team which was already created since two years as Hardship Red will have its name changed to Red Devils for the 2011 display season Already some freshly repainted aircraft have been noticed at Koksijde as well as Beauvechain airbases Previous teams of the Belgian Air Force having worn the name Red Devils were equipped with Hawker Hunter F 6 1957 1963 and Fouga

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  • Chateau d'Oex 2011
    controller to ensure the security with the other traffic in the region High precision Parmigiani target race to a watch The target is positionned on the launch site This is an upright pole where a gift box is hanging The goal of the pilot is to grab them For this competition to be carried out in complete safety the pilot is allowed to use a special pole The content of the gift box is a prestigeous watch offered by the main sponsor The two Gruyères This competition is a flight from Châteu d Oex to the village of Gruyère yes from where the cheese are coming from The first target is a marker in the courtyard of the castle and the second is a basket touchdown on a target positionned in a field north east of the castle Don Quichote race Each team is equipped with a spear broom handle with a sharp nail to the end The spear is attached to the basket by a rope The pilot have to burst ten helium filled ballons with the spear Minimum distance double drop The competitor have to drop two markers as close as possible to the center of a circular scoring area from around the 50 metres of diameter Race to a line The competitor lift off from Château d Oex site and try to reach a specific line in the best time Hare and Hounds The traditional hot air ballon competition consist to follow the hare and drop a marker as short as possible of the hare landing position Fly back The participants takes off from Château d Oex site have to drop markers at a position predefined by the judges and given during the briefing After the drop they have to fly back to the launch site of

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  • OO-SJB Memory
    collection Saturday February 12th was the commemoration and rememberance day of the Sabena Boeing B 707 OO SJB crash happened at Berg The authorities of Kampenhout city have underline this dramatic aviation history page in memory of the victims See

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  • KB operations
    mission gave his own briefing underlining the 3 different phases and various combat maneuvers that would be applied during the dogfight After the briefing a last consultation of the maps and the mission zone with the possibility to displace the training area if the cloud front should come in faster as foreseen A last check of the material to take with them like the maps mission database cartridge and other data recorders C omputer operated automatic briefing Some coments about the infos Mission leader briefing Maps consultation A last check of the material before leaving the mission planning room Next step was held at another place of the base the technical planning room This is the nevralgic center where all the planes affected at Kleine Brogel are followed at technical side Before taking his plane in charge the pilot has to check and sign the form where all is noted like last technical issues results of the different troubleshooting last maintenance issues Time now to put the G suite and safety life jacket on T he technical planning room were the aircraft form are checked and signed for aproval by the pilot Time to put the flight equipement on Afterwards our both pilots went to their designated aircraft The FA101 for the leader DJ and the FA107 for the OSN After the usual external plane check up the pilot installed and strapped in the startup was done Different checks with the help of the crew chief and awaiting the inertial platform alignment All is ready and the clearance for taxi is given the FA101 is now rolling to the holding point and will rejoin the wingman there At 1 5 08 they got the take off clearance and the two pilots made a perfect pair take off Mission was launched T he FA101 waiting his driver Concentration for DJ The external turn around performed by the pilot I nstalled and strapped Communication test between the crew chief and the pilot Helmet adjustement a maximum of comfort is important Start up Visual verifications with help of the crew chief Engine and flight controls check The impressive F 16 exhaust Taxi clearance received rolling to the holding point 15 08 take off clearance and perfect pair take off Backlight FB24 during touch and go During this time other missions were flown by the three Kleine Brogel squadrons the 349 Mace the 31 Tiger and the OCU operational conversion unit After a mission of 46 minutes our both pilots went back to the their home base Integrated in the local circuit after a long approach the two aircraft made again a perfect pair landing on the runway 23R FA56 back from mission Some other touch and go for the OCU student Close up on the two seater A perfect fighter for more than 30 years in Belgium The FA101 and FA107 in final approach FA107 full speed brakes FA101 just before touch down Last final for the FB24 Mission was successfully completed but

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  • Bye Bye A310
    satisfaction was the feeling of accomplishment and being able to save some lives During the 13 past years the A310 fleet accomplished a total of 19 942 flight hours One year ago in November 2009 the Hi Fly Portugal leased Airbus A330 300 was officially presented This was the start of retirement for the A310 fleet and the first aircraft CA02 did his last flight from Kinshasa to Brussels on August 2 4 th 2009 the plane was withdrawn on August 29 th 20 09 and sold to MAD Africa Belgium based company and also interested in the CA01 Finally the CA01 did his last mission on November 18 th This was a local flight with team members of the 15th Transport Wing To underline this end of career a last pass was performed above his homebase in formation with four F 16 s of Kleine Brogel airbase And as a tradition after his last landing when back to the parking spot the plane was hosted by the Brussels Airport fire brigade shower the A310 page is now definitely a part of the Belgian Air Force history CA01 c n 372 30 04 1985 Delivered to Singapore Airlines 9V STN 00 06 1993 Leased to Silkair 9V STN 22 04 1995 returned to Singapore Airlines 9V STN 24 09 1997 Belgian Air Force delivery 18 11 2010 Last Flight in the Belgian Air Component CA02 c n 367 02 04 1985 Delivered to Singapore Airlines 9V STM 04 12 1993 Leased to Silkair 9V STM 25 05 1995 returned to Singapore Airlines 9V STM 03 05 1998 Belgian Air Force delivery 29 08 2010 Withdrawn from Air Component fleet The CA01 alias 9V STN in Silkair colours CA02 alias 9V STM in Singapore airlines colours CA01 with belgian markings and

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  • A night at museum
    Component public relation departement the Belgian industry with S A BC A Sabena Technics and your servants from SBAP This was an opportunity for everyone to make contacts see old acquaintances from aviation world and take a seat in a F 16 The hot onion soup and other glüwein helped surviving the winter temperatures The cold temperature was on the outside but the warmth in the hearts of all military

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