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  • Kleine Brogel last shoot...
    flying under the colours of the 31 Tiger Squadron would be the culmination of their efforts The Flying Twins were taken under the protective wings of ComOpsAir IPR to encourage and motivate them to achieve their goal They both have the dash and in the future we certainly will hear more of them If you would like to know more about these two little lads please do have a look at www theflyingtwins be Another encounter was focused on the godfathers of the squadrons based at Kleine Brogel Being the godfather of a squadron is a quite particular job These are civilian members who dedicated their heart and soul to the squadron and its members whoever they are They interact voluntarily between the military and civilian world accompanying the squadrons abroad organizing festivities or visits or trying to resolve organizational and or private problems The godfather is the confidant the good friend always there in good and in bad times You will discover them throughout the pictures each one representing his favourite squadron In organizing this visit the team of ComOpsAir IPR together with the Kleine Brogel airbase authorities were keen to thank the specialized press All to their credit and the SBAP team would also like to thank the IPR team based at Brussels Evere for the report opportunities and facilities granted during our peculiar demands To say that they cannot go without the press but we would could not go either without the CO Kurt JO Smurf Wim and all the others Let these pages be the testimony of our gratitude And now on to the pictures the F 16 the encounter with the Flying Twins and the godfathers of 31 Squadron 349 Squadron and the OCU Operational Conversion Unit Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum The Flying

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  • SBAP Bye Bye 2015...Welcome 2016
    doubt the museum of Hanoï presented by Timothy Story and his wife Lidwine Do Huu I can only encourage them to realize some other reports in the same way SBAP would be nothing without the little nudges and I would like to thank Johnny Devisch for his support at the 15 Wing level and Jef Pets for the facilities at Antwerp or the sharing of his photographs when sometimes we have no one to attend an event Always present although far away I would like to wink our French correspondent and talented designer Régis Rage Rocca who always shares his highly colourful reports Acknowledgments to all the people who supports us in their own way Fernando Booly Sallese who s help will be needed for his drawings in a future not so far away David Niemegeerts and Marc Arys for the translations and Stéphane Ghijsen that will take part on works in 2016 Also thanks to those who could not attend this meeting but support SBAP Virginie Wiacek Anthony Graulus and Alexander Vandenbohede Let us not forget the spouses of our contributors who put up with all these escapades I would like to take advantage of this gathering to thank Pierre Taquet for the cordial reception at the Salon du Bourget This was simply the place to be Our thanks also to General Vande Voorde and General Vansina and their collegues of the Air Force headquarters for the facilities granted during our reports on the Belgian Air Force still the main core of SBAP All this would not be complete without our host of the day the historical center Dakota and I would like to thank Colonel Patrick Mollet Base Commander and Major Keersbergen Security responsible for having us on their premises Also the Colonel ER René Hoeben and Commandant ER Jos Ackermans for the use of the Historical Center Dakota and last but not least Hubert our barman for the day who was kind enough to be present instead of going Christmas shopping A last thank from all the SBAP members to my wife Danielle who during all these years takes care of the administration and supports SBAP and most of all supports her husband in his tasks or numerous trips During our yearly gathering we always try to have a distinguished guest and this year we welcomed heartily André Richir former Air Force member who flew a o on the Avro Canada CF 100 A special mention goes to Serge Van Oosterzee who is taking care of the IT aspect of our website and is working on a search engine for our site which will be on line quite soon This search engine will allow you to retrieve more easily a report based upon the author a photograph or a location Other ideas are caming up but to be followed After the drink and the buffet of which the sweets were made by Vinciane Dewaelheyns daughter of Red of the Red Devils all the members present gathered in

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  • Trident Juncture 2015
    Maritime Command e g 12 VTOL aircraft will participate in portions of the exercise e g nine strategic transport aircraft two strategic bombers and one UAV Aircraft are provided by 16 NATO allies and three NATO partners FIN SWE and UKR Bases used for Trident Juncture 2015 aircraft are Zaragoza Albacete Palma de Mallorca Getafe Torrejon Rota and to a limited extent Moron ESP Trapani Amendola Pratica di Mare Cavour Pisa Decimomannu and Sigonella ITA Beja and to a limited extent Monte Real PRT The Italian Air Force Joint Force Air Component ITA JFAC based at Poggio Renatico is the NATO Force Structure JFAC and Air Component Command ACC responsible for the command and control of air assets during the LIVEX Headquarters Allied Air Command HQ AIRCOM at Ramstein Air Base Germany will provide augmentation to the ITA JFAC 15 positions will be filled by the Deployable Air Command and Control Centre also at Poggio Renatico and 25 positions will be filled by HQ AIRCOM The ACC Exercise Director is the senior officer responsible for the overall direction and control of the air exercise play He will also approve Air Tasking Order ATO change requests arising from for example weather conditions aircraft availability or safety The Exercise Director is supported by three Chiefs from the Local Operations Control LOPSCON Air responsible for the Deployment Operating Bases Beja Albacete and Trapani and fine tuning the Air training plan The coordinated plan is forwarded to the ITA JFAC for preparation of the exercise Air Tasking Order ATO LOPSCON Air will direct and control the local Air exercise play monitor the daily battle rhythm and liaise with the Host Nation HQ AIRCOM will man some 20 posts each in LOPSCON Air The Trident Juncture 2015 LIVEX is a joint exercise Air assets will be used in support of land maritime and special operations forces conducting Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance ISR Close Air Support CAS and troop transport missions Personnel Recovery and Search and Rescue missions are also scheduled The Trident Juncture 2015 LIVEX will underline the capability development and interoperability of the Alliance The Air component will provide highly professional technical enabling solutions for NRF16 Deployable Command Control Unit BARI Palese The Deployable Command Control Unit Reparto Mobile di Comando e Controllo R M C C located in Bari Palese Air Force Base owes its birth to the Air Force s commitment to increase its operational capabilities in different scenarios regardless if in or out national borders through the deployment of a modular transportable flexible system also integrated with other national Services and interoperable with NATO coalition The Unit provides the theatre Commander also when deployed through operational and technical components with the capability to exercise command and control C2 functions enabling the planning and execution of whole spectrum of air operations autonomously or in conjunction with other Armed Forces In order to perform its mission the Unit is equipped with mobile systems to include sheltered operation rooms satellite communications systems mobile radars

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  • Melsbroek Visitors
    to a technical failure on the rear rotor hydraulic control system the helicopter was grounded until repaired This was done a few days later in the Melsbroek hangar by RAF technicians and finally the big flying machine could get back to his RAF home base begin of September unfortunately without participating to this exercise The second one came from Italy and paid his first visit to the Belgian base The KC 767A from 14 Stormo based at Pratica di Mare was present on the Belgian apron on October 18th to accomplish a transport mission commanded by the EATC center This was the occasion to take a look at this new generation tanker deducted from the civilian airliner Since January 2011 Italy operates a fleet of four KC 767A next generation tankers equipped with both the sixth generation flying boom based on the model present on the American KC 10 and used to refuel the F 35A and three hose and drogue stations that give the KC 767 the ability to refuel aircraft equipped with onboard receptacles or those with a refueling probe The third one came to Melsbroek for more dramatic reasons On November 7th a Lockheed Martin Alenia C 27J Spartan of the Romanian Air Force landed at Melsbroek with seven youngsters on board who were heavily burned during the dramatic fire of a disco bar in Bucharest Belgium decided to help the Romanian government and put the knowhow of the Neder over Hembeek hospital team at their disposal to help those youngsters who were in a critical state It is possible that some more injured people will come to Belgium and will be dispatched in other Belgian hospitals specialized in high degree skin burns Boeing Chinook HAC 4 Royal Air Force ZA720 from Odiham Christian Debrabanter In the

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  • Free Flight World Masters
    beach complete with podium commentators and eagle eyed judges fascinating dancing girls and a video team showing what was going on in the sky on a giant screen with lots of slow motion repeats to make the show even more attractive for newcomers In the sky appeared one after the other all the great names of the world of aerobatics with Capitaines Bunny Busque and Popov Orlowski current team and individual Popov world champions then Nicolas Ivanoff best French competitor in the Red Bull air races and his aircraft in Hamilton livery Eddy Dusseau Philippe Varinot Franck Soubrane The spectators also admired the French Army Aviation Tigre helicopters in a perfect duo and a breathtaking performance by a Eurocopter EC 120B The Montélimar Musée de l Aviation de Chasse s Bronco once again brilliantly displayed its incredible manoeuvrability It would be remiss of me if I did not mention the Greats for instance the magnificent daily aerial ballet with two Rafales M from the nearby Hyères Naval Base a grandiose display by Capitaine Tao Planche at the controls of the Tiger Rafale for his last flight in this very aircraft as after three years of great service he is to become the coach of the next official Rafale solo display pilot for the French Air Force The Patrouille de France was also present for its last public appearance of the 2015 season For the first time in the South of France the Belgian Red Devils team was present and the three red aircraft perfectly found their place in this for them atypical landscape and greatly enjoyed the pleasures of the summerly seaside A cherry on the cake Laurent Cahuzat had prepared a few surprises and the spectators were treated to the sight of F Soubrane s Pitts in FFWM livery

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  • Red Devils Last Flight 2015
    escalate into the solo But as always it s safety first Once the program was decided we did some practices and called together the committee of the General Staff for the acceptance of the program It was very short and very intense to adapt but we made it I cannot point out any specific moments they were all great The atmosphere at the shows the reception by the organizers the enthusiasm of the audience in short all those things that make the world of airshows are very particular If I need to recall one it would be Texel in Holland Rivolto for the 55 th anniversary of the Frecce and finally Sainte Maxime with its unforgettable atmosphere My future will take form depending on the end of my contract will be oriented towards the civil sector but I won t say any more at this time I would like to personally thank the team and Reggio in particular for the 2015 season they offered to the audience but also for my own flight with the team towards Texel NL Reggio being in charge of the organization of my escort everything went like clockwork Thanks to all This concludes the 2015 season but the festivities were not at their end yet Being the godfather of the team and a Red Devil at heart the first leader on Fouga Magister Red Dewaelheyns had organized a dinner with former and new Red Devils to celebrate the 50 th anniversary of the resurrection of the team on Fouga Magister which takes us back to 1965 It was the 22 nd of October when Red organized this friendly dinner held in a renowned establishment in Brabant Wallon The reception and an appetizer brought together new and former Red Devils some accompanied by their spouses This event and its attendees were also honored by the presence of General Claude Vande Voorde Chief of Defence Ministry office General Frédérik Vansina Chief of the Air Component Colonel Georges Franchomme Base Commander Beauvechain and Colonel Frédérique Givron CC Air Commander Let s not forget the presence of Mr Ludwig Vandenhove former mayor of the city of Sint Truiden and president of the National Defense Commission who has always been a big fan and supporter of the aerobatic team of the Air Force in his youth In short a moment of friendship an excellent dinner and a friendly atmosphere to celebrate the rebirth of the team that flew on Fouga Magister 50 years ago with some gifts for the host of the day and his wife And what did we talk about that afternoon About Red Devils aviation the Air Force Fouga and Marchetti of course It was amazing to have a conversation with some true warhorses such as Red Dewaelheyns and Joseph Lelotte who was once upon a time the trusted number 2 of Red Paul Christiaens and Leo Lambermont who was the last leader on the team to fly on Fouga All in all nothing but joy and

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  • R2D2 @ Brussels Airport
    for the first time on September 12th and it was the first visit of the plane in Europe Internationally he went so far only to Vancouver and San Jose in California On board of the plane were some exceptional passengers R2 D2 C 3PO and a few Stormtroopers Onboard passengers can watch the first 6 Star War movies and the interior features themed in flight decorations such as headrest covers

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  • Remember Bernard Neefs
    Neefs performed the first flight of the Tipsy Nipper developed by Avions Fairey and gained considerable fame and reputation with astonishing demonstrations of this aircraft If Bernard Neefs is to be associated with one aircraft this is really the F 104G Starfighter which he was the first Belgian pilot to fly in the G version He was nominated the Chief test pilot of the Fairey SABCA consortium established for production of the aircraft in Belgium which comprised 189 A C After S N 9001 was constructed at Lockheed test flown a o by Bernard Neefs in the USA then dismantled and shipped to Fairey for re assembly On December 4 th 1961 despite very bad weather Bernard Neefs did a stunning presentation of this aircraft to the officials and the press in Gosselies Bernard Neefs is also remembered for his stellar presentations of the F 104G at the 1963 Paris Airshow starting with the speed record between Brussels and Paris in 9 55 7 10 that he established on June 6th On November 21st 1963 due to a fuel supply control malfunction he had to eject from S N 9058 to be FX27 and later replaced by 9082 By mid 1965 the very successful F 104G production program was complete leaving for Belgium and mostly to SABCA only the maintenance overhaul operations This was a reason for Bernard Neefs to transfer from the Fairey to the SABCA payroll A the time he also had developed a business relationship with André Delhamende who from 1962 onwards had taken over from FAIREY through the COBELAVIA company the Tipsy Nipper activities virtually wiped out by the arriving F 104G work Bernard Neefs was to contribute to marketing of the SIAI Marchetti brand of A C by flight demonstrations of the SF 205 the Nardi Riviera and the SF 250 the precursor of the famous SF 260 It was in this context that he flew SF 250 on the Saturday November 6th from Gosselies to Genoa The circumstances of the crash are linked to a very unfortunate sequence of events at the end of his demo he was asked by the tower to do a 360 before landing This instruction was to cope with additional air traffic then encountered on the Genoa airport in occurrence an Alitalia aircraft dispatched to compensate for a strike of the ferry boats from Genoa to Sardinia It is in this final go around at low speed that he was taken by surprise by a sudden sharp down gust between hangars down the hillside and stalled flat on the ground Always leave a little space to error said Confucius Bernard s friends say he used to neglect this wise advice He nearly always went to the very limits with a panache that for sure will be long remembered The Hawker Hunter period Coll Pierre Taquet Tipsy Nipper test pilot Coll Serge Van Heertum Always smiling Coll Pierre Taquet Bernard Neefs and Mister Arthur Talbott Fairey Managing Director Coll Pierre

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