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  • 'Pat' Demortier's last flight
    the functions in the squadron to result as the Operations Officer from 1986 to 1988 Furthermore during his Flight Safety function tour including a position as Functional Check Flight pilot he insisted that the maintenance personnel be involved in flying as much as possible with the purpose of achieving optimum understanding and teamwork Amongst other exercises he participated also at the Tactical Leadership Program TLP the Tactical Air Meet TAM Red Flag Very Low Level Training in Goose Bay in Canada and in Morocco In 1985 he attended the Belgian Air Command and Staff College in Brussels Assigned to Brussels HQ in April 1988 he worked in the F 16 requirements branch at the Air Operations Headquarter still flying F 16 as Operational Reserve One of his primary tasks was the operational requirements regarding the F 16 Midlife Update MLU Program In April 1991 he was assigned to Wright Patterson AFB Dayton OH USA as the Belgian Operational Representative for the F 16 System Program Office SPO His primary task was once again the F 16 MLU He spent 4 years working between WPAFB LOCKHEED MARTIN in Fort Worth TX EDWARDS AFB CA NELLIS AFB NV EGLIN AFB FL amongst many other places 1995 saw his return to the Belgian Air Staff in Brussels as the Program Manager for the F 16 MLU program where he completed the integration program in 1998 H e was assigned to the 80 FTW at SHEPPARD AFB TX as instructor pilot on the T 38 aircraft in April 1998 within the EURO NATO JOINT JET PILOT TRAINING ENJJPT Program In 1999 he was the first Belgian Officer to assume the command of the 90 th Flying Training Squadron running over more than 40 000 flying hours and with the graduation of more than 230

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  • La Ferte Alais 2008
    Navy with fly by and demonstration of 4 Super Etendard accompanied by the brand new Rafale The public was also given the oppoprtunity to make a flight over the region situated south of Paris aboard a Junker 52 3M from the Swiss JU AIR company As every year the organisers produced a very interesting flying week end and the great amount of visitors from all over european countries was the

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  • 1.000.000 hours of Alpha Jet
    Belgian Air Component the aircraft received some major modifications as from 1999 on to be upgraded to the Alpha Jet 1B PLUS standard These upgrades allow it to extend its operational lifetime and increase the quality of the training in relation to the new indispensable and advanced technologies needed to move on to the next generation fighters 2003 was also a milestone in the history of the Air Component as Belgium and France decided to sign an agreement to set up a joint training program This agreement permitted both parties to benefit from a more efficient and cost related training program for their pilots The European school AJETS was born Now with almost 30 years of excellence the French Belgian Alpha Jets celebrate their 1 000 000 flight hours This event needs to be emphasized in an adequate way so the Belgian Alpha Jet AT32 was adorned with special tail markings and was rolled out on April 10 2008 at the Beauvechain airbase To crown on all of this will be an official ceremony held on May 21 2008 at the Cazaux airbase in France This airbase hosts the French ETO 02 008 Nice Squadron in which the 11 Squadron

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  • New Minister of Defence visits Kleine Brogel airbase
    and it s pilots Next step was the flightsimulator Impressed by this didactic means the Minister took the seat and under the professional advice of Vrieske pilot fo the 31 Sqn he made a virtual flight with the F 16 The last stop was the armament section where every aspect of this unit was explained to the Minister including the different types of armament offensive and defensive means as well as various the tools at the pilot s disposal to fulfill his missions A survey on the survival equipment was also included during this last part Taking advantage of a pause the Minister held a speech emphasizing the important aspects of defence in general and the air component in particular During his speech he stressed the need of the recruitment to reinforce the Belgian Defence which was to much emaciated during the last years A media and information campaign will start as from February on and young people interested in a military career will be offerd the opportunity to gather the necessary information during the different recuitment open doors More information to be found at www mil be fly index asp LAN nl or www mil be fly index asp LAN fr T he afternoon was dedicated to the maintenance section an important if not one of the most important sections ensuring the technical quality of the aircraft Final visit was at the Air Component Shooting Range at Houthalen Helchteren also known as Pampa Range where F 16A M demonstrated their firepower during bomb as well as strafing runs Very impressive indeed This day was quite filled and permitted the Minister to receive a more concrete insight of the operations fulfilled by an operational unit of the Air Component The new Minister of Defence with General Van Daele chief of

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  • Fly to your dreams 2008
    Tactical Leadership Program hangar they could find information on the Meteo Wing the survival division air traffic control the fire department and of course on the flying staff Some of them had the opportunity to fly a F 16 through the means of the flight simulator others came to test their spatial orientation On the apron one could find the various aircraft types used by the Belgian Air Component as

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  • Wings Parade 1 2008
    emblem as his personal one This emblem with various presentations and colours was regularly witheld by the aeronautical military regiments of the pre war period Disappeared during the tempestuous times in 1940 the Cocotte was reborn some 10 years later in December 1950 with the establishment of the 7 Day Fighter Wing at the Chièvres airbase The 3 Squadron to wear this insignia where respectively The 7 Sqn Silver Cocotte on red background or heraldicly spoken Silver Cocotte on field of snout January 01 1951 The 8 Sqn Silver Cocotte on blue background or heraldicly spoken Silver Cocotte on field of azure July 16 1951 The 9 Sqn Silver Cocotte on green background or heraldicly spoken Silver Cocotte on field of sinople March 17 1952 With the disbandments and restructurisations within the Belgian Air Force the emblems will have various uses until 1971 The end of the Belgian Netherland cooperation induced a reorganization of the pilot training The Red Cocotte was given to the 7 Sqn which became responsible for the Advanced Flying Training and the Green Cocotte became the insignia of the 9 Sqn responsible for the training of the instructor pilots In August 2001 a last modification took place when the synergy between the 11 and 7 Sqn absorbed this 7 Sqn To maintain the traditions it was decided to withheld just one Cocotte banner given to one operational squadron It had to be the eldest and so the Red Cocotte was adjudged to the Centre de Formation et d Evaluation Flight Training and Evaluation Centre instead of the insignia of the 9 Sqn This latter being put aside with other disbanded squadron insignias in the hallway of VS which in the meantime became COMOPSAIR As to continue the traditions the emblem of the 7 Sqn was again

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  • Koksijde Airshow 2007
    heart of Lt Col Avi Paul Rorive who on Sunday performed the last public display of his beloved Fouga Magister The static show contained some nice surprises like a Greek Texan II two maritime surveillance aircraft one from Holland a Dornier 228 212 and one from Great Brittain a Britten Norman BN2 Islander and some rare types to be spotted in our countries an Antonov AN 30 from the Ukranian

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  • Evreux 2007
    on this base are ET 01 64 Bearn C160R Transall ET 02 64 Anjou C160R Transall and GAM 00 056 Vaucluse DHC6 300 Twin Otter and AS 532UL The gate guard being a splendid and antique Breguet 2 Ponts The enticing static show with the new generation fighters Rafale and Typhoon included also many ancient airplanes What a nostalgia tyo see the DC 3 B 17 P 51 D and other old grey birds Not to forget the transport and support planes of the USAF Thunderbirds In short everything was present to provide a show with splendor and quality but this was without counting on the messy weather coming in from the south west giving us low clouds and quite some rainshowers the organisers even cancelled some parts of the flying display including the flying of our Belgian air component pilots The Fouga and F 16 were grounded and were not able to demonstrate their mastery At the end of the after noon the weather cleared out and the Thunderbirds flew their show Followed by the Mirage 2000 and finally the Patrouille de France under a deep blue sky which we could contemplate from our car having already started the

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