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  • Safety First !
    of more than 2 400m this gave to all participants enough concrete in front and behind in case of misjudging the landing point As far as the organization was concerned the participants were divided in 2 groups while the first one was flying the other one had the opportunity to follow a few presentations Belgocontrol on the use of the radio by ULM and Federal Public Service Mobility and Transport Air Accident Investigation Unit on the engine failure in flight and to bring a visit the the new SAR heli NH90 As far as the flying part is concerned each pilot received a slot of 5 minutes allowing him to make 2 circuits 2 aircraft were always simultaneously in flight one in downwind and the other one on landing For safety reasons it was foreseen to gather all participants in Amougies EBAM for a small briefing before departing in sequence to Koksijde However due to the morning mist we were put in standby in our respective departing points for me the ULM site of Maillen EBAM We received the release to go around 09h30 and rejoined EBFN in good flying conditions Finally 46 ULM s from all types went to Koksijde and 77 pilots with the help of 4 instructors took part to the simulated flame out exercises This was done on the 11Left runway For me despite my own flying experience this was the first time I got the opportunity to train and practice real engine out patterns and landings To conclude I would like to congratulate the 2 organizers from the BULMF Pierre VAN AERSSEN and Alain DE VUYST and their staff members who made that day a success in very good and safe conditions Many thanks also to the Kon West Aviation Club WAC for hosting the

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  • Axalp 2015
    the shooting range of Ebenfluh We then paid a visit to Emmen airbase but the weather here was as bad as at Meiringen and not much of flying activities were going on For thursday the organizers of the exercise took the decision to awaiten the meteorological conditions as to decide by 08 00hrs if the program could go on As we had to climb all the way up to Ebenfluh we could not await this decision and started off at 04 00hrs Sadly the exercise was called of around 13 30hrs and so it was useless to carry on We stayed below the cloud base and had the opportunity to see and picture some F A 18 in action not really in detail or close by but in their natural mountainous habitat A little different from our flat landscape at home In short a non event at exercise level but nevertheless with some beautiful images Friday our day to return back home No more clouds and a splendid sunshine really maddening Before leaving Switzerland we halted at the Schilthorn allowing us to see helicopters in action in a magical setting and to run across some thrill seeking paragliders You will

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  • Jewels in the night
    DH88 Comet posing for the posterity and offering their prettiest profiles to be immortalised into the night First we had the Provost and Mew Gull running up followed by the Tiger Moth and the Comet after a very welcome tea break Indeed the October nights are already a little colder and a little drizzle had started to fall In short a unique and homey experience Despite the number of participants there was no pushing or shoving everybody taking pictures at his leisure This is the British way of life The shoot ended around 10 PM and we left taking some superb night souvenirs with us The SBAP team wishes to thank heartily the entire Shuttleworth team for this first succesful experience and Catherine and Ciara in particular for their cordial reception during our visit which concluded the 2015 airshow season at Old Warden airfield Bleriot XI in the evening lights Marc Arys A place to be Serge Van Heertum Hawker Cygnet Serge Van Heertum Mc Curd van Serge Van Heertum The workshop Serge Van Heertum Blackburn 1912 Serge Van Heertum Bristol F2B Fighter Serge Van Heertum Gloster Gladiator Mk I Serge Van Heertum Hawker Tomtit Serge Van Heertum Wonderful work of mechanics Serge Van Heertum Light and metal effect Serge Van Heertum Avro 626 Tutor Serge Van Heertum Parnall Elf Serge Van Heertum Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 R4118 the new roomer Serge Van Heertum Rare Battle of Britain Hurricane will remain in the UK Shuttleworth Collection Press release October 7th 2015 Fears that the sole surviving Hawker Hurricane from the Battle of Britain would be sold to an international buyer were allayed today with the announcement that the aircraft has been purchased by a British aviation enthusiast British software entrepreneur James Brown is the new owner of Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 R4118 ensuring that this unique Battle of Britain veteran remains in the UK Delivered new to 605 Squadron in August 1940 R4118 flew 49 operational sorties during the Battle of Britain shooting down five enemy aircraft before being shot down itself After a meticulous restoration by previous owner Peter Vacher the aircraft is now regarded as the most historic British aircraft to survive in flying condition from the Second World War On his purchase James Brown said R4118 is a remarkable survivor from the Battle of Britain When I heard the aircraft was on the market I knew it was critical that this unique piece of Britain s history remained in the UK so I m very pleased to have been able to achieve that My goal is to ensure that the Hurricane remains in the pristine condition that Peter Vacher has returned it to and that it continues to be a regular feature at British air shows for many years to come Thanks to Peter s efforts to return R4118 to flying condition the aircraft commands huge affection from the British public and I m proud to be able to play a part in her future Discovered in

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  • Lens Airshow 2015
    French commander was convinced that his numerical superiority on which he could rely on at that time would be sufficient to give his Army the crucial breakthrough While the French directed their efforts onto the ridge of Vimy the British tried to target the mining fields in the Loos Hulluch region located in the lowlands of Gohelle General Haig always swift to set off big scale assaults without heeding the great number of casualties this time concentrated six divisions despite the negative backdrop his men are exhausted by the losses from the springtime and the persistent lack of ammunition supplies On the other hand the narrow battlefront chosen for this assault allows him to rely on his important numerical superiority of 7 to 1 Due to the importance of the men involved the battle of Loos constitutes one of the biggest British offensive efforts since the start of the conflict For that matter it is called the Big Push by its initiators But this unceasing bombing during four days dumping some 250 000 shells onto the German defences had globally no effect Before the infantry assault of September 25th 1915 the British released 140 tons of chlorine gas stocked in 5 000 containers placed along the frontline in complement of an artillery fire deemed insufficient irst use of gas by the Allies after the awful inaugural German hit at Ypres in April this British attack at Loos aimed at destroying of the German main battlefront where soldiers only could rely on very primitive masks Initially the Germans were panic stricken and lost about 600 men due to the gas 75 000 British infantrymen dashed out of the trenches However by the whim of the winds the gas returned back to some of the British trenches and although only 7 were killed more than 2 600 were affected and put out of action On the first day the Southern part of the region saw a spectacular success the assailants partially concealed by the smoke screens took the village of Loos of the Colinne 70 Hill 70 and moved forward to Lens But this progression was to be stopped by the lack of ammunition and the late arrival of the back up troops There by the Germans reclaimed the Colinne 70 More to the North the English progress was more limited as the assailants ran into the tremendous defences of the Redoute Hohenzollern a huge complex of trenches and underground shelters But they managed to take over part of the reinforced frontline and in particular around the Redoute Hohenzollern The German machine guns however were devastating 8 500 British soldiers killed in one day the highest number of losses since the start of the war The next day on September 26th the German back up troops arrived at the scene to infill the breaches The British then launched an attack without preliminary bombing it was a bloodbath most of the men being mowed down by the machine guns The battle continued sporadically for several days before the English headquarters ordered the retreat A new attempt on October 13 again with the use of gas ended with the same disastrous results within ten minutes the 46th Division lost 180 officers and 3 583 men to the Redoute Hohenzollern This time the scale of the British losses are exceptionally high 50 000 wounded killed or missing at least 20 000 killed Among them the only son of Rudyard Kipling the great writer precentor of the British engagement into this Great War Disconsolate Kipling travelled through the roads of Gohelle during the years after the war trying to find the body of his son In vain Identified in 1991 the remains of John Kipling were laid down at the Saint Mary s Advanced Dressing Station Cemetery at Haisnes It is truly astounding to see that the serious errors committed by the British headquarters during the battle of Loos were not taken into account and were repeated during the first day of the battle of the Somme which on July 01st 1916 led to the greatest disaster in British military history British troops going to the frontline British archives Unknown artist view of the battle Loos en Gohelle after the battle Archives du Nord Another view with the tranches Archives du Nord Saturday Dusk Airshow The Patrouille de France at dusk simply wonderful Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Belgian F 16AM solo display Bruno Ghils Sadly the grey spare aircraft Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils But beautifull flares effect Bruno Ghils Rafale solo display Bruno Ghils Tao at sunset Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Belgian Agusta solo display Bruno Ghils Flares and PR spirit of this sympathic team Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Patrick Brouckaert Swip Team always magic Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils The French Gendarmery EC 135 in full action Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Commemorations of the Loos battle at night Patrick Brouckaert Sunday Airshow Patrick Brouckaert Luxury hangar for the Cartouche Doré Epsilon Patrick Brouckaert Piper J3 Cub Patrick Brouckaert Canu Lucien CANU 3J Patrick Brouckaert Jurca MJ 100D Spitfire replica Patrick Brouckaert De Havilland DH 82A Tiger Moth Patrick Brouckaert Mudry Cap 10B Marine Patrick Brouckaert Mudry Cap 232 Patrick Brouckaert SIAI Marchetti SF 260 Former Sabena aircraft OO SMM Patrick Brouckaert SIAI Marchetti SF 260EU Warrior Patrick Brouckaert De Havilland DHC 1 Chipmunk Mk22 Patrick Brouckaert Marganski MDM 1 Fox Patrick Brouckaert Sud SE 3130 Alouette II Patrick Brouckaert Douglas C 47A DC 3 a Normandy veteran Patrick Brouckaert Silence Twister Patrick Brouckaert The Swip team preparing the aircraft for the display Patrick Brouckaert Patrick Brouckaert Patrick Brouckaert Marine Nationale Paris and Rafale Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils High performance Navy display Bruno Ghils Some passes of Tao and the two Rafale s before leaving Lens for the Sanicole airshow Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Stearman duo smoke and elegance Bruno Ghils

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  • Sanicole Airshow 2015
    van Oosterzee Jacques Vincent Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Jacques Vincent Jacques Vincent Jacques Vincent Jacques Vincent Jacques Vincent Jacques Vincent Jacques Vincent Jacques Vincent Jacques Vincent Jacques Vincent Jacques Vincent Jacques Vincent Jacques Vincent Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Heavy morning fog Serge van Oosterzee Jacques Vincent Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Water is in the air beautiful Vortex effect Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Red Arrows preparing to go back to UK for the 75th anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Britain See our special report Duxford Jacques Vincent Jacques Vincent Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Jacques Vincent Jacques Vincent Hello Reggio Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Some Belgian Air Force power take off Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee Serge van Oosterzee 38th International Sanicole Airshow on September 20th A very nice sunny day for this airshow public present in mass During the show a little ceremony was held in memory of a volunteer fireman who recently deceased he was volunteer for many years at Sanicole airshow and the organizers wanted to commemorate this guy this friend a last time A column of fire trucks made a parade along the field and a box of F 16 s made the missing man pass above the field in memory of this man Simply great The opening of the Swiss Air Force team was done in formation with the Super constellation and after few passes the Swiss team performed his demonstration with some beautiful flares effects Two demonstrations have to be underlined the French Air Force Rafale with high speed and amazing maneuverability of the plane A great Tao at the command The second one was the F A 18 from 11 Staffel ending his show with a very high speed pass at limit of the sound barrier This airshow gave also the opportunity to assist probably for the last time to a combined demonstration of the NH90 NFH and the Westland Seaking Mk 48 A funny moment was the Breton Shuttle composed with the electric plane Cri Cri launched from the main plane MH 1521 Broussard It was like a child following his mother We could also appreciate the super

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  • Jet World Master 2015
    jets gliders helicopters war birds but with real aircraft Pionneer team aerobatic displays and so on The Belgian team led by Augustin GODDET as manager was composed of 4 pilots 3 in the 13 5 kg category Philip AVONDS Fouga Magister who was already the winner in the USA in 2011and in Switzerland in 2013 Wim REYNDERS Fouga Magister who was vice champion in 2013 and Renaud LECLERCQ Hawker Hunter MK6 who unfortunately damaged his model beyond repair during the rehearsal flight One pilot Jean Pierre ZARDINI Bae Hawk competed in the 20 kg class Their overall result by nations is very good compared to bigger nations with more resources financial the Belgian team finished in the 5th position behind Germany 1st Russia 2d Switzerland 3d and Italy 4th but before USA 6st and France 7th Individually Philip was declared vice champion in the 13 5 kg class despite the 2 best flights of the competition with the 50 rule for the static points he was beated by a Russian with a YAK 130 who made a big difference in the static scoring Wim with his marvellous Fouga MT35 was a bit disappointed by his static score but made good flights always improving from one to the other Renaud was forfeited for the flights after his crash during the rehearsal Last but not least in the 20 kg class Jean Pierre finished at a honourable 22d position with good flights but a middle scoring in static due maybe to a lack of finition in the details The great winners in the 2 classes were the Russians with their YAK 130 almost unbeatable in static It has to be said as partial explanation to this victory that they could rely on a big financial support for their project I heard about the unbelievable figure of 500 000 are the JWM still a competition for amateurs Anyway the pictures will show much more on the high level of realism of the model jets than a long speech To conclude I would personally thank the whole Belgian team pilots and wives in general and the manager Mr GODDET in particular for their warm welcome their kindness and outstanding team spirit I am already looking forward to witnessing the next JWM 2017 that should normally take place in Italy The Belgian Paddock Philip and his MT48 The Last of the Many from Wim Reynders Little Paul Rorive The Red Devils Hawker Hunter from Renaud Leclercq Ivan Deprins at command of the Hunter Jean Pierre Zardini Baé Hawk Visit in the other Paddocks Aero L 39 from Breitling team The great winner from Russia the Yak 130 Mc Donnell Douglas F 15A And a second one Aero L 39 Lockheed Martin F 16C Dassault Alpha Jet Patrouille de France Hongdu L 15 from China Lockheed F 104G Starfighter with the flash colours of the NASA Aero L 39 Lockheed Martin F 16 Israelian Air Force Fairchild A 10A Thunderboldt II Baé Hawk from the Red

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  • PAN 55 years Rivolto 2015
    P A Philippe Decock AMX T Philippe Decock Panavia Tornado IDS Philippe Decock Eurofighter Typhoon A Philippe Decock Alenia Aermacchi T 346A Master Philippe Decock Piaggio P 1HH Hammer Head unmaned aerial vehicle Philippe Decock Nardi Hughes NH 500E Philippe Decock Agusta Westland AW 139 Philippe Decock Agusta Westland AW609 Philippe Decock RQ 1A MQ 1 Predator UAV Philippe Decock Anti aircraft missile launcher Spada for Aspide missiles Philippe Decock Bell Douglas MIM 14 Nike Hercules Philippe Decock The first Italian aerobatic team created after the World War II were the Cavallini Rampanti Prancing Horses The team was first created in 1950 and flew De Havilland Vampire MB Mk 51 fighters until 1952 when the team was disbanded In 1956 the team was established again under the name Cavallino Rampante Prancing Horse but this time they flew Canadair built F 86 Sabre Mk 4 aircraft This later team existed only until 1957 From 1953 until 1954 the aerobatic team Guizzo flew from the Villafranca air base with four F 84G Thunderjet fighters The team participated at Soesterberg in the Netherlands in 1953 stealing the entire airshow with their low level passes and dramatic maneuvers The Tigri Bianche White Tigers aerobatic team also flew F 84G Thunderjet fighters from 1955 until 1956 They were the first Italian team to visit both Canada and the USA In 1959 another aerobatic team with the name Getti Tonanti Thunder Jet was created at Rimini air base This team flew F 84F Thunderstreak fighters and lasted until 1960 This team also took part in the opening of the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960 and for this reason the team s color scheme incorporated the Olympic Games rings and colors on the tails of their aircraft The Diavoli Rossi Red Devils were another Italian Air Force aerobatic display team The team was established in 1957 from the 6th Aerobrigata at Ghedi air base and also flew F 84F Thunderstreak aircraft In April 1959 Diavoli Rossi performed in USA at the First World Congress of Flight in Las Vegas Nevada At the end of 1959 the team was disbanded The Lanceri Neri Black Lancers were established in 1958 from the Italian Air Force 2nd Aerobrigata at Cameri Montichiari air base The Lanceri Neri flew six Canadair built F 86 Sabre Mk 4 aircraft This team was also disbanded in 1959 Frecce Tricolori History The Frecce Tricolori aerobatic display team was created on 1 March 1961 as part of the 313th aerobatic training group 313 Gruppo Addestramento Acrobatico in Rivolto air base The team s official name is 313 Gruppo Addestramento Acrobatico Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale PAN Frecce Tricolori Initially the team used Canadair CL 13 Sabre Mk 4 F 86E aircraft In 1964 the team transitioned to Italian made Fiat G 91 fighters and continued to fly with them until 1981 when they received new Italian Aermacchi MB 339 trainers On July 12th 1978 two aircraft collided in mid air during a practice over Rivolto killing one

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  • Battle of Britain Airshow
    Staff Headquarters decided to attack directly the RAF on the ground and ordered the attack on British military airfields and on the factories of the aeronautical industry Due to bad weather the operation Adlertag Day of the Eagle was postponed for one day and started effectively on August 13th 1940 On August 15th convinced the RAF had lost more than 300 aircraft almost half of its theoretical inventory and that the aircraft from the Northern part of the UK had been dispatched to the South the Luftwaffe launched the Luftflotte 5 based in Norway and Denmark into the battle The mission was to attack various targets in Scotland and the Midlands but the RAF fighters were still in place and inflicted heavy losses 20 to the Luftwaffe The Luftflotte 5 was withdrawn from the battle and the aircraft were sent as a reinforcement to the Luftflotte 2 and 3 As August 15th fell on a Thursday this day was called Black Thursday for the Luftwaffe August 18th was the fiercest day for both camps with the most recorded losses The number of losses of Stuka dive bombers were such the German Staff Headquarters decided to withdraw them and await better days On August 24th a tragic event changed the course of the battle A Heinkel He 111 bomber thinking he was attacking the raffinery of Thameshaven bombed London a target that only could be attacked on direct orders from Hitler himself Retaliation followed during the night of August 25th 1940 when the RAF dropped bombs on Berlin Hitler went into a scatching attack against the British If they bomb our cities we will raze theirs to the ground If they drop hundreds of bomds we will drop thousands The bombing of Berlin was a personal failure for Göring as he had sworn that If one bomb hits Berlin you can call me Maier an expression commonly used in German to say something will not happen Hitler modified his strategy and decided to bomb civilian population of British cities and London in particular as a retaliation On September 07th 1940 a raid of more than 100 bomber aircraft escorted by about 400 fighters was sent to London Believing that the targets of this raid were the airfields of the RAF British ground control ordered the RAF take care of it opening the way for the German bombers In bombing civilian targets the Germans allowed the RAF also to regenerate The Germans launched a massive raid on London on September 15 In his headquarters Hugh Dowding saw his maps filling up with symbols representing approaching ennemy aircraft He asked if all aircraft were in the air and received an affirmative answer To the question of there were any spares left he received a negative answer At the same moment at the Staff Headquarters of the 11th Group at Uxbridge Sir Winston Churchill monitored the events in the operations room together with Air Vice Marchal Keith Park Soon the red lights showed that

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