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  • Bye Bye Alouette II
    afternoon Some beautifull formations to show a last time this elegant helicopter Back to the flight line Some hovering turns Couple of centimeters before last landing Bye bye Alouette II The early years Text Serge Van Heertum S B A P Pictures Serge Van Heertum SBAP collection Wing Heli At the beginning the Air Observation Post AOP created in 1947 was under the control of the Belgian Air Force but in 1954 the authorities decided to transform the AOP into Light Aviation under the control of the Belgian Army In 1959 the headquarters were looking for a new machine to replace the Piper Cub L18c The rumour went that the planes would be replaced by a helicopter making it the first time the Belgian Light Aviation would fly a rotary wing machine The 2 competitors were the Bell 47 and the French build Alouette II Soon the better performances of the second one made the authorities decide to choose the SA 313B Alouette II from Sud Aviation equipped with an Artouste engine A first order was placed for 3 machines and the A1 to A3 where delivered on 26 october 1959 A year later a second order 2 helicopters and a third one 22 helicopters was placed between the Belgian government and the French constructor In 1961 11 more Alouette II were ordered At this time the total was 39 A louette II under the Belgian national colours principally based in Germany In 1967 two more batches of Alouette II equipped with the more powerful Astazou engine SA318C this time were ordered one of 17 A40 to A56 machines and another one of 25 A57 to A81 The early years Medevac Note the Belgian roundel under the body Observation mission During the early years demonstrations teams were showing the extraordinary capablities of this light helicopter Some were official others were not In 1965 the first official team was the Red Pitch originating from the 16th Squadron based at Bützweilerhof in Germany Shortly after the birth of the Red Pitch the 17th Squadron also decided to form a demonstration team better known as the Blue Bees Both teams have performed their demonstrations during various airshows but in 1971 the authorities decided to keep only one official team The Blue Bees remained and the team has changed regularly from squadron 16th 17th and 18th during the years This demonstration team was definitively disbanded after the 1979 season Unofficial team at Beauvechain during the late 1980 s During all these years the Alouette II performed many operational missions in Belgium but also in other countries 1960 1962 Congo and Ruanda Urundi during the events till the independence 1964 1967 Participation in the Antarctic missions at Roi Baudouin station 1978 Operation Red Bean during the Kolwezi crisis 1988 Morrocco during a giant grasshopper invasion 1989 SAMU Medevac stand by during the summer season in the Namur area 1992 1993 Operation Restore Hope in Somalia ground protection Medevac 1993 Rwanda Operation UNAMIR under the United

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  • NATO Tiger Meet 2009
    the mission scenario Mirage 2000B from Orange Air Base Every days missions are planned sometimes in bad weather conditions Take off for the next exercice for this F 16AM Swiss Air Force is one of the full member of the NATO Tiger Associaation Netherland F 16AM from 311 squadron Mil Mi 24V from the Czech Air Force as ground support Spanish Mirage F 1M back from mission Hungarian Gripen in a shelter after the missions of the day First participation of the Hungarian Air Force at NATO Tiger Meet Norvegian Air Force F 16 s on taxi Female tiger Back from mission the technicians will prepare the next flight Spanish Air Force EF 18A normaly based at Zaragoza French Air Force Mirage 2000C from Cambrai Air Base Cambrai based aircrafts base 103 but still wearing the individual code from previous squadron KC Ile de France Orange Air Base Back from a sunny conditions mission Mirage F 1M Norvegian F 16AM from 338 Skv based at Ørland Air Base Dassault Rafale B from CEAM Mont de Marsan F 16BM from 312 squadron KLU Mirage F 1M on taxi back to the parking Belgian Air Component F 16AM Tornado ECM from Lechfeld wearing the 40 years Panavia logo Tiger look helmets Italian AMI SAR 21 gruppo AB 212 from Grazzanise Tactical break Impressive combat helicopter originated from the old east block Belgian 31 Squadron pilot Tornado IDS from AG51 scheswig departing for the next mission The spectacular green HUD from the Gripen Spanish tiger on taxi Wings folded refueling probe and airbarake extented for this F A 18C Cessna C560 Excel support aircraft for the Swiss team Mirage 2000C on taxi after the mission Portuguese Air Force F 16BM 301 sqn arriving from Monte eal Air Base French technician FA87bis the second tiger plane of the 31 German crew in tiger flying suit Tiger Tails Pictures Serge Van Heertum Eddy Devroey S B A P All began with a request of French Minister Pierre Messmer who planned a reinforcement of the military cooperation between the French and American Rapidly the cooperation was extended with a squadron of the Royal Air Force The 3 involved nations discovered that all 3 squadron had a Tiger as emblem so the name Tiger Meet was born The first Tiger Meet took place in 1961 at Bentwaters Woodbridge in the UK with only 3 squadrons EC1 12 French Air Force 74 F squadron from the Royal Air Force and 79TFS from the U S A F The second Tiger Meet in 1962 included no less than eight Tiger Squadrons representing six NATO nations In 1963 the Tiger Meet moved to continental Europe taking place at Kleine Brogel in Belgium for the first time The Tiger Meets held in Belgium 1963 1970 1978 1985 1993 2001 and 2009 In 1964 the Tiger Meet was held for the first time in France during the previous sessions the importance of the ground crew in the operations became obvious and implementation

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  • Beauvechain Opendoor
    IPR team for all they did to help us particularly giving us the opportunity for the air to air pictures you can watch in the National Day report It was a great and realy appreciated collaboration Arrivals and Static display The venerable Fouga MT35 F 140G and F 16A a fighter story in Belgium Alouette II and Agusta A 109BA Piper Seminole from BAFA school YAK 52 coming from Temploux Airfield Cloety and his splendid Extra 300 Grob G 120A F the basic training in France performed in the ECATS French Grob G 120A F crew Aerospatial Epsilon from Cognac The grey livery of Epsilon The French team from Grob and Epsilon Pilatus PC 9 from KLU with 75 000 flt hrs marking Short Tucano from the RAF with aniversary markings of the 1FTS Very British isn t it Siai Marchetti SF 260EM from Italian Air Force Italian Marchetti crew Facination a real good name for this machine registred in the ULM category Modern design for this ULM originated from Czech Republic ALCA L 159T1 from 212lt Aermacchi MB 339A Aerospatial SA341F Gazelle from 1 2 EHLE based at Dax Antonov AN 26 from 59 Szentgyörgyi Deszö Harcászati Repülö Bázis Aero L 39ZO from the Hungarian Air Force MH 59 Sz D R unit The aircraft is painted in a shark design realy original Aero L 39ZA from 222tl wearing a special paint for the 40 years of L 39 design Special guests Swiss Air Force PC 21 Not a long time ago before the Beauvechain Open Door the Belgian SF 260 s from the 5 th Squadron went to Switzerland for a squadron exchange The Sion based PC 21 flew some exercices in the mountains in collaboration with Belgian pilots and their Marchetti In return the Swiss Air Force PC 21 of the JEPAS Jetpiloten Ausbildungssystem where invited to come to Belgium for the Open Door This great modern training aircraft was certainly one of the hightlights of the static display The PC 21 Courtesy Features The PC 21 is a single engine low wing swept monoplane with a stepped tandem cockpit The primary structure is aluminium and elements of the secondary structure are made of composite material The performance handling and wing loading place the PC 21 in a class beyond the reach of any other turboprop training aircraft Digital avionics based on powerful open architecture computers maximize the value extracted from each training sortie The aircraft is optimised for the following roles Basic Flying Training Advanced Flying Training Mission System Management Training in the Fighter Lead in Role Cutaway view of the PC 21 Pilatus Cockpit Avionics Systems integration is at the core of the PC 21 cockpit design philosophy There are three 6x8 inch AMLCD main displays and two AMLCK standby displays in each cockpit All displays are NVG compatible The front cockpit has a Head Up Display HUD and the rear cockpit is fitted with an HUD repeater The Primary Flight Display provides information such

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  • July 21 National Day
    and Eddy Kellens Friday 17th rehearsal with the SF 260 Serge Van Heertum Three airplanes flew this training flight in fact the three box leaders forseen for the National Day My pilot was Maj Avi Jean François Jief Balon Commanding Officer of the 5 th Squadron The whole navigation gave us a flight of 1 hour and 45 minutes Weather conditions heavy wind but a spectacular visibility Ready for the rehearsal Concentration due the heavy wind During the navigation In formation with the leader Major Jean François Jief Balon CO of 5 th Squadron Spectacular visibility The fort of Breendonk The Royal Military School in Brussels The lake of Genval A last join up before Beauvechain In the wing of the leader Just before the break Landing on runway 22R The ST18 in final E Devroey July 21 National Day Alpha Jet from Cazaux airbase Six aircraft and one spare Eddy Kellens from COMOPSAIR IPR The Alpha Jet line north of the base In formation during the navigation to Brussels Smoke on Little rain over Brussels during the flypast Heading for Beauvechain for another smoke pass Red smoke for the left wingmen View during the smoke pass In the backseat Bink himself SIAI MARCHETTI SF 260 from Beauvechain airbase Eighteen aircraft and three spares Marc Arys from S B A P One of the Fly to Your Dream contest winner getting into ST12 Holding point 22R All the SF 260 lined up on the runway and ready for take off Waiting the go A pass overhead Beauvechain before the navigation to Brussels Always follow your leader Navigation direction Heist Op Den Berg The box above Brussels After the pass a right turn Back in Beauvechain area In the 40 formation at the base Break overhead the runway to rejoin the

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  • Spa Airfield 1909-2009
    para s The plane is a twin turboprop and manufactured in Northern Ireland It s first flight was in 1963 It was sold both to military as civil buyers and used for freight transport and para dropping It is a short take off plane with excellent stoll performance and the demonstration of this capability was quiet impressive since the runway of the Spa airfield is not that long Cessna 208 B of the Spa Skydive Center Short SC 7 Skyvan 3 100 The special lines of the Short SC 7 Skyvan 3 100 Parachute is one of the activities at Spa At 14 00 h pm the flight demo started wich a magnificent flying display of the Blériot XI replica The plane was constructed by the French aviation pioneer Louis Blériot and on july 25th 1909 it was the first plane to cross the Brittish Channel in merely 37 minutes It was a special moment for all plane lovers that felt like being thrown back 100 years in time After his succesfull flight more than 130 Blériot XI were build and used by Brittain and French military forces in the beginning of WOI but soon replaced by more performant machines and reduced to a role of training aircraft Blériot XI Monoplane the same one who did the comemorative flight over the channel some days ago Another ghost from the past was the Stampe SV4 also known as the Stampe Vertongen SV4 A plane designed and manufactured in Antwerp in the early 1930 s by the company Stampe et Vertongen There were only 35 aircraft build and the factory closed it s gates during WOII Belgian French and Brittish airforces used this plane as trainer and fighter SV4c and Piper L18C as wingman Also Russian historical planes were present with the arrival of Yakovlev Yak 52 and Antonov AN 2 The Russian Yakovlev airplane factory was founded in the former Sovjet Union in 1934 by Alexander Sergeevitch Yakovlev The factory became famous since it was the birthplace of numerous planes that became known all around the world The Yak 52 was used as a trainer and aerobatic aircraft by the Sovjet military airforces and other Eastern European countries that were in that era members of the Warsaw Pact About 1800 of them were built and after the collapse of the Sovjet Union many of them were exported to the West The Antonov AN2 double winged plane was designed during the second world war by Oleg Antonov and was constructed this way it could be equipped with tires ski s or floating pontons It was a plane that was very suitable for the harsh conditions in far away regions of Russia and used as passenger plane but also for freight carrying exploration and agricultural purposes By 1960 more than 5000 AN 2 s were constructed It is a plane with a stall speed that is only 55 mph 170 meters is all the runway stretch he needs to get airborne illustrating his

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  • TLP 2009 1
    forecasts show a dramatic increase of civil airline operation in these altitude bands restricting future military air exercises and TLP training This tendecy has increasingly influenced TLP over the lmast few years In 2006 the MOU Memorandum of Understanding Nations decided to accept the Spanish offer to relocate TLP to Los Llanos Air Base Albacete Spain The Spanish airspace around this location offer a large yet unrestricted volume of military training areas wich will allow military air operations training in all height bands and improved the possibility for night operations Albacete is an airbase equiped by Mirage F1E combat ircratft and his forssen to become an Eurofighter base in 2013 The move is now on going and the first operations will start during summer 2009 TLP budget and international manning The civilain air traffic forecast for 2020 in Central Europe The present aircafts at the closing ceremony F 16AM Belgian Air Component 2nd Tactical Wing Florennes Air Base EF 18A Spanish Air Force Ala 12 Torrejon Air Base F 16CG block 40 U S Air Force 31 Fighter Wing Aviano Air Base Tornado GR4 Royal Air Force 9 squadron Marham Air Base F 4F Phantom II Luftwaffe JG71 Richthofen Wittmund Air Base F 16BM Danish Air Force Esk 727 Skrydstrup Air Base Tornado IDS Aeronautica Militare Italiana 102 Gruppo Brescia Air Base F 16BM Koninklijke Luchtmacht 322 squadron Leeuwarden Air Base Pictures overview of Florennes TLP sessions in 2009 AMX Italian Air Force 13Gruppo Amendola Air Base F 15E U S Air Force 494th Fighter Squadron Lakenheat Air Base F 16D block 52 Polish Air Force 31 Blt Poznan Air Base F 16C block 52 Polish Air Force 31 Blt Poznan Air Base F 4F German Air Force JG71 Wittmund Air Base EF 18A Spanish Air Force Ala12 Torrejon Air Base Mirage 2000N French Air Force 4ème Escadre Luxeuil Air Base Mirage F 1CT French Air Force 30ème Escadre Colmar Air Base Mirage 2000N French Air Force 4ème Escadre Luxeuil Air Base F 16A block 50 Italian Air Force 18Gruppo Trapani Air Base Tornado IDS German Air Force AG51 Schleswig Air Base F 15E U S Air Force 494th Fighter Squadron Lakenheat Air Base F 4F German Air Force JG71 Wittmund Air Base Tornado IDS German Air Force AG51 Schleswig Air Base AMX Italian Air Force 13Gruppo Amendola Air Base EF 18A Spanish Air Force Ala12 Torrejon Air Base F 16A block 50 Italian Air Force 18Gruppo Trapani Air Base F 15E U S Air Force 494th Fighter Squadron Lakenheat Air Base F 15E U S Air Force 494th Fighter Squadron Lakenheat Air Base C 27J Spartan Italian Air Force 98Gruppo Pisa Air Base C 130H Spanish Air Force Ala31 Zaragoza Air Base Polish and Greek participation in 2009 Mirage 2000 5EG from the Greece Air Force Aligned on the TLP apron EF 18A Spanish Air Force Ala15 Zaragoza Air Base EF 18A Spanish Air Force Ala15 Zaragoza Air Base EF2000 Italian Air Force IX gruppo Grosseto Air Base Mirage

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  • Paris Airshow 2009
    This edition was also the great come back of the prestigeous Patrouille de France who never flew at the Paris Airshow after a dramatic crash in 1975 The Caudron Rafale a reccords plane courtesy Wilfried Tosseyn A splendid work in flight courtesy Wilfried Tosseyn 2009 was a good edition sadly not as good as 2007 but lets hope that the financial and international situation will be better and that the next edition will be like the once held in the golden years Static display overview Israeli Air Force G ulfstream G550 Nachshon Aitam SOCATA TBM 850 Eurocopter EC 225 Super Puma Eurocopter EC 145 Eurocopter EC 175 MAGNI M24 Orion Bell 412EP OMA Sud Skycar a new concept 5 seatter AVIALSA Air Tractor AT 802 armed version AVIALSA Air Tractor AT 802 fire bomber version Pilatus PC 21 the new generation Swiss trainer Agusta Westland AB 139 Agusta Westlad AW 139 in the Defense Helicopter Flying School RAF colors ATR 72 500 original colors of the propeler The EJ200 engine of the Eurofighter Eddy Devroey Antonov AN 148 100B NH90 NFH Italian Navy C27J Spartan Italian Air Force Focus on a new generation tourism aircraft the LH 10 ELLIPSE T he LH 10 Ellipse fast and sporty is the new kitplane developed by the French company LH Aviation A two seat sport plane with a mid engine and pusher propeller it will make many heads turn on any airfield What makes the LH 10 Ellipse stand out is its usability and wide speed range While sightseeing at 100 kts eco cruise you will enjoy the exceptional visibility and low noise offered by the LH 10 Ellipse while burning only 1 8 gallons of fuel per hour But this aircraft can also cross the country at high speed while sitting in a large and comfortable cockpit and leaving most light airplanes on the market way behind The goal of this pretty airplane is to get the higher performances with a minimum of power The work of the engineers was to decrease a maximum the wheight with the use of the new generations materials like carbon fibers The principal innovation is the propulsion configuration The engine and the transmission are positionned on the center of the plane and the push power system are giving the higher performances for this category of tourism aircraft It will certainly become a must in the airclubs in the coming years More informations can be found on the web site LH Aviation Wingspan 26 7 ft Stall speed 53 kts Length 17 ft VNE 270 kts Height 7 ft L D max 19 Wing surface 50 sqft Fuel capacity 18 5 US Gal Aspect Ratio 14 Fuel consumption 75 5 8 Gph Seats 2 Fuel cons 25 100 kts 1 8 Gph Engines 912 ULS Useful load 530 lbs Engines Power 100 hp Take Off dist 50 ft obstacle 850 ft Fuel Avia auto lead free Landing dist 50 ft obstacle 850 ft Load factors 4 4

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  • Koksijde Airshow 2009
    booklet is available through the Royal Belgian Air Cadets After the introductory speech of Lieutenant General Van Caelenberge Mister Loren E Timm Director F16 Customer Requirement of Lockheed Martin Company congratulated the Air Force for this event and offered the guests a coin especially made for this particular occasion The last orator was the Belgian Minister of Defence Pieter De CRem who gave an overview of the F 16 career and emphasized on the real necessity for a countries like Belgium to be part of these specials missions like the one actually in Kandahar to contribute to NATO goals Lieutenant General Van Caelenberge Mister Loren E Timm showing the booklet of the 30 years MOD receiving the commemorating coin from Mister Loren E Timm Mister Pieter De Crem Minister of Defence After the differents speeches the authorities presented also a new book regarding the Air Component realised by our friend and colleague Daniel Brackx of the BAHA A great teamwork under the lead of Lieutenant General Van Caelenberge and the Kolonel Lepez This book is a must for every Belgian Air Force fan This splendid book is available through FONAVIBEL Mr Pieter De Crem and General Charles Herni DELCOUR with the new book Daniel Brackx and Eddy Kellens receiving the first examples of the book 30 years in action with Belgian Air Force Belgium Through Blue Eyes The airshow The airshow 2009 was like a good wine a very good milesime The program was a mix between old glories and modern combat aircrafts No less than nine demonstration teams were present at Koksijde More than details explanations and long text SBAP provides you with a photographic overview of all the flying aircraft and some of the participant of the static display The 2009 edition was a real success more than

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