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  • Cambrai Airshow 2015
    an electrically powered Cricri riding atop of an MH 1521 Broussard Among the warbirds we were treated to a T 6 circus complete with pyrotechnical effects a splendid Curtiss P 40 adorned with a Burma Banshees skull well known to readers of the Angel Wings comics by Romain Hugault and a very impressive Grumman TBM 3R Avenger A fine tribute was paid to the Normandie Niémen heroes in the shape of a Yak 3 in tricolour livery A PBY Catalina was also present in special livery as it is currently taking part in the filming of a biopic about Jacques Yves Cousteau played by Lambert Wilson and directed by Jérôme Salle expected for 2016 Jet fans were not forgotten with two Belgian F 16s that took off especially for the airshow before returning to their Operational Presence mission in Belgium An elegant Fouga Magister was also displayed Aerobatic display teams were also there with Capitaine François Rallet giving his last official display as an EVAA pilot in front of an audience that saw his debut The Belgian Agusta A 109 demonstration team hotted things up with its many flares But the cherry on the cake was the presence of the Rafale Solo Display re routed for a special mini display in Monster Tiger livery followed for a perfect conclusion by the Patrouille de France The week end was a great success perfectly orchestrated by Philippe Macé the Aeroclub President with the participation of the French Air Force and the patronage of General Denis Mercier The success was also due to the participation of all Tigers and former Escadron de Chasse 1 12 Cambrésis members Tiger Tiger Tiger Saturday Cambrai Epinoy Régis Rocca Sunday Cambrai Niergnies Sud SE 3130 Alouette II Patrick Brouckaert Sud Aviation SA365 Dauphin 2 Patrick Brouckaert Agusta

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  • Airbourne 2015
    have been a very interesting sight to have the NH 90 on display overhead the sea Airbourne are also demonstrations of civil teams and warbirds The 2015 program was again very attractive First of all the charm of the Breitling Wingwalkers Boeing Stearman with their impressive and smokey demonstration especially when the wind is blowing from the open sea towards the shore Followed by the Blades highly professional as always Let us not forget that they are former RAF pilots and the mastery of their show nears perfection In the new colours of their sponor black and silver the display was just brilliant wthout any off time In short the Blades as we are used to know them Known as well the RV8TORS a dynamic duo flying this little airplane manufactured by Van s These pilots fly also warbirds and it is the second pilot of the team Andy Hill who unfortunately crashed in the Hawker Hunter WV372 at Shoreham A French civilian team then the Patrouille REVA flying a Long Ez and two Acro Ez These odd shaped aircraft canards offered a dynamic and elegant display Again on to the warbirds blending aircraft of the Second World War and jets from the Cold War The Supermarine Spitfire Mk Tr 9 of the Aircraft Restauration Company at first a single seater but modified into a two seater some years ago This Spitfire with its elegant lines although a little bit startling with the second cockpit was flown by John Romain who we had the pleasure to meet Besides flying the Spitfire Mk Tr 9 John Romain is also the display pilot of the Bristol Blenheim Mk I which can be seen since 2015 in various airshows and it was the occasion to see this aircraft which took part in the Battle of Britain fly overhead the waters of the Channel as it did 75 years ago Another mythical fighter with its distinctive whistle is the North American P 51D Ferocious Franky Property of the Old Flying Machine Company since 1980 this aircraft is based at Duxford A magnificent demonstration with some beautiful seaskimming fly by s In this year of commemmoration of the Battle of Britain the BBMF had to be present and this historical Royal Air Force squadron greated the Eastbourne public with its Douglas C 47 Dakota the Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb AB910 and the Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc PZ865 On to the jets of Airbourne 2015 now with the former training aircraft of the RAF the BAC Jet Provost T 5 XW324 owned since 2007 by Jeff Bell of Jet Aerobatics Then the Norwegian Air Force Historical Sqadron flying a Mig 15 UTI restored to flying coditions in soviet colours This aircraft is in fact a Polish licence build aircraft by WSK Mielec SB Lim 2 and wears a red 18 representing the aircraft flown by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin This historical squadron displayed also a pair of Vampires a single seater FB 52 and a T 55

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  • Aero Vintage 2015
    to glider activity light and sport aviation training aerobatics and also hosts the Centre National de Vol à Voile National Gliding Center It is the second highest airfield in Belgium 563m next to the military airbase of Saint Hubert and has two double grass runways runway 05 23 left and right 600m long and 42 m wide runway 14 32 left and right 1799m long and 42 m wide Five hangars which can be rented complete the facilities to accomodate all kind of airplanes and also has various lodging possibilities camping chalets dormitories and a hotel restaurant with 25 quality rooms This year one could find Piper Piper Cub SV4 Pitts Yak 52 some original gliders and an indentical replica of a Nieuport having belonged to the French Army On particular note was a Fairey s Tipsy an audacious project that did not have the follow through into production Some more modern aircraft ensured initiation flights with a nice discovery in this case the XL8 Bristell a last generation ULM a little bit underpowered only 80Hp but with an incredible finish for an aircraft of this kind Aerial view of the site Courtesy Saint Hubert Airfield The main building Control tower Fuel station One of the hangar De Havilland Canada DHC 1 Chipmunk T 20 F AZJV De Havilland Canada DHC 1 Chipmunk Mk 22 G AOJR Pilatus PC 12 OO PCI Tipsy T 66 Nipper 3 OO KOC Tipsy pilot office PZL 104 Wilga 35A 3A MPC Cessna O 1E Bird Dog F AZMX Cessna L 19E Bird Dog F AYAC Pitts S 2 B F GUJE Flight Design CT Supralight F JRXG Nieuport 28C 1 replica LX NIE SNCAN Stampe SV 4C OO SPM Aero AT 3 OO GEX Reims Cessna F152 II OO ANO Yakovlev Yak 52

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  • Sigonella Air Base
    open fire on the Americans had they made an attempt to do so This move was supposedly dictated both by security concerns about terrorists targeting Italy if the United States had had it their way and by the Italian tradition of diplomacy with the Arab world The ensuing stand off lasted throughout the night until President Ronald Reagan gave the orders for the Americans to stand down In late 1985 work crews belonging to NMCB 133 were repairing and installing sidewalks in the housing area at NAS I when they uncovered a small stockpile of Luftwaffe anti aircraft ammunition The stockpile had apparently belonged to an anti aircraft position that had been buried during raids in the Allied invasion of 1943 On April 01 2004 the Defense Logistics Agency DLA opened Defense Depot Sigonella Italy on NAS II to serve as a supply base in the Mediterranean DLA also provides fuel and property disposal from NAS II When NATO took military intervention to Libya in 2011 NAS Sigonella played an important role in US operation Odyssey Dawn because of its short distance to the country As Libya remained unstable throughout 2013 a Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response unit was formed and an element of this was moved to the base to be within V 22 range of Libya Portuguese Air Force Lockheed P 3C Orion Royal Danish Air Force Bombardier CL 604 Challenger Maritime US Navy P 3C Orion 161012 from VP 47 Golden Swordsmen deployed at Sigonella but normaly based at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay Hawai VP 47 is currently deployed to Sigonella Sicily Camp Lemonnier Djibouti and Souda Bay Greece conducting naval operations in the U S 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U S national security interests in Europe Lockheed P 3C 158224 also from VP 47 Lockheed C 130T from VR 64 Condors from NAS Willow Grove Boeing C 17A Globemaster III from 62 446 AW Mc Chord Air Force Base Royal Canadian Air Force Lockheed CC 130J from 8 Wing Trenton Air Base Gate guardians Lockheed F 104S Starfighter Grumman S 2F 1 Tracker Breguet Br 1150 Atlantic MM40124 41 Stormo special colours from 2006 The 40 11 in action before retirment Courtesy 41 Stormo 41 Stormo Origin and World War II The 41 Wing was formed as a bomber unit on July 01 1939 under the command of Col GDP Enrico Pezzi Deployed on the airport of Reggio Emilia it is composed of two groups the 59th 232nd and 233rd Squadron based on the same airport and the 60th 234th and 235th Squadron located at Iesi The main aircraft is the Breda BR 20 Stork but already on September 11 the transition to better performing aircraft Savoia Marchetti SM 79 Sparviero sparrowhawk is initiated On the same date the 60th Group moved to the airport of Reggio Emilia On June 06 1940 the command of the Wing is framed into the 3rd Air Division The Wing leaves Gela Benina Benghazi on October 21 with 10 aircraft of the 59th the 60th and the 11th A few days later on October 24 these units were decentralized at the field of Sidi El Magrum Benghazi The 41st and the 15th Wing became part of the 9th Brigade Leo under the command of Col GDP Attilio Biseo on October 28 and moved to Castel Benito Tripoli with both groups before redeploying to Tmini On February 19 1941 the Wing received the order to return home completes the transfer from Aviano UD on March 02 At that same day the first of the new aircraft the Caproni Ca 313 is put into service and started an intensive course of training activities On May 10 1941 by Royal Decree dated January 09 1941 the Flag of the Wing was granted the Silver Medal for Valor for acts of war carried out from June 11 to September 30 1940 The 2nd Air Force Commander Gen Sq Air Felice Porro praised the 41st Wing in conjunction with the 15th Wing for their intense flying activities and the achieved results regarding the training of pilots involved in the switchover to the new aircraft The 9th Air Brigade Lion instructed the 41st Wing on December 23 to start the transfer to the new headquarters in Treviso The Wing received its second Silver Medal on January 20 1942 for the activities carried out during wartime in Marmarica between December 13 1940 and January 04 1941 On January 31 1942 Col Moscatelli took command of the Wing and on February 15 dissolves the 9th Air Brigade Leo and the 41st Wing takes on the specialty of Interceptor under the command of Command Interceptors Leo The Wing is equipped with the Caproni Ca 313 Fiat Cr 42 Falco and some Macchi MC 200 Saetta A fg 261 S dated from April 21 from the Command Interceptors Leo stated that the Wing would continue to be made up of the 59th and 60th Group with two squadrons each equipped with the CR 42 on a strength of 12 aircraft per squadron On August 8 the 232nd Squadron on the orders of Command Interceptors fg 1232 OP2 3 dated August 05 1942 moved from Treviso to Venegono Varese followed on September 15 by the Command of the 59th Group and 233rd Squadron Interceptors The 1st Air Force Command in Milan ordered another change fg 33839 dated 24 09 1942 on September 24 1942 with 233rd Interceptor Squadron moving from Venegono to the airport of Caselle Torinese to contribute to the defense of Turin and Milan and on October 15 the Wing Command tele 1891 OP2 3 of 10 13 1942 Command interceptors Leo is transferred to the airport of Tradate The Wing s CR 42 are complemented with the first aircraft Messerschmitt Me 110 and Dornier DO 217 from Germany The 41st Wing is finally dissolved in 1943 Reborn The 41st Wing Antisom was reconstituted at Sigonella on October 01

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  • National Day above Paris
    pilot two armed marksmen and your correspondent On the apron all helicopters are ready for take off and when the control tower gives the all clear there is a tremndous gut feeling of power and one cannot avoid thinking about the mythical scene in Apocalypse Now by F Coppola The flight lasted about 1 hour and 15 minutes in average weather conditions but with sunny intervals Compared with last year s eperience there was the pleasant surprise of a central view of the Champs Elysées Flying past the La Défense buildings at rooftop level remains an incredible moment with the windows seeming very close indeed Paris is always a magical city very impressive when you see it just under your feet The flight itself was a perfect example of control Led by Capt Manu and Lt Léon EH 3 67 members there were no errors or hesitations At 11 38 am and 25 seconds as planned to the exact second we flew exactly over the Official stand at a speed of 90 knots 167 km h and an altitude of 600 ft QNH approx 200 m above ground Fennec n 5516 callsign Rapace 27 kept its place and its rank giving all aboard an immense feeling of pride shared by all the military personnel honoured on that day I would like to thank the DIRPA authorities who validated my flight this year again My sincere gratitude goes to to the Fennec crew Manu and Léon were always available to answer questions and very generous with their explanations Many thanks also to Capt Seitz BA 107 for her kind attention and support Thanks as well to all EH 3 67 Parisis members for their welcome and their sterling work ensuring air security over France 24 7 The helicopters on the starting

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  • National Day @ Valenciennes
    Prouvy but well deep in the hearts of all the actors of this event The SBAP team would like to thank heartily Mr Pierre Deprez and his staff Bruno and Philippe for the press as well as Miss Victoria Derprez our media contact for their welcome and facilities granted for our report So do not wait any longer and book the date of July 14 2016 to attend a show organised with passion from the heart Do also visit their website and why not make a donation to perpetuate this annual fair They really deserve it Embraer EMB 120 Xingu Serge Van Heertum 1910 2010 Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Arrival Mirage 2000 D 133 JL Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Bruno Ghils Serge Van Heertum Arrival Patrouille de France Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum TF1 broadcast animator Denis Brognart center in company of the PAF pilots Serge Van Heertum Posing with a couple of Miss Bruno Ghils Serge Van Heertum Arrival PAF support aircraft Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Pierre Fage and his Fouga Magister Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Morane Saulnier Rallye Serge Van Heertum Yak 52 G YYAK Serge Van Heertum North American T 6 Harvard Serge Van Heertum Pilatus Porter for the parachute team but no jump today Serge Van Heertum Beechcraft Be 77 Skipper team Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum From Florennes the 350 Squadron Serge Van Heertum Belgian Air Force F 16AM and F 16BM Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Bruno Ghils FB 17 Serge Van Heertum FA 57 Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Technical team real magician look at the jacket in levitation Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Relaxing before the show Daffy Serge Van Heertum And Reggio Serge Van Heertum 2015 team Devil 1 Paolo Devil 2 Daffy and Devil 3 Reggio Devil 4 Papy Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Danny performing the pre heating of the spare aircraft Serge Van Heertum Positioning the planes for start up Serge Van Heertum Technical briefing Serge Van Heertum Turn around Serge Van Heertum And here we go for the show Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum 1 Serge Van Heertum 2 3 Bruno Ghils ST 23 Serge Van Heertum Paolo Serge Van Heertum ST

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  • Air Tatoo 2015 main
    Training Establishment Indeed the Tornado reached its 35 years of service throughout European skies and we could see a combined flight of three Tornados one from each founding nation Germany Italy and Great Britain Moreover three aircraft superbly decorated to mark this anniversary were presented in the static display area The Royal Air Force Cadets also celebrated their 30 years of participation to the RIAT 30 years of sympathetic contribution from these young boys and girls to the Tattoo How much of them became pilots or RAF personnel Let us talk about the Royal Air Force This year again several prestigious squadrons marked their anniversary by decorating specially some of their aircraft Those commemorative airplanes were of course present in the static display area as the essential link between the past and the future one of the symbols of the Tattoo The future of aviation the future of the Royal Air Force and the future of the aeronautical industry is also to be found at the RIAT Wandering through the static area we could find a sample of what the defence industry is capable of In exclusivity a Airbus Helicopter NH90 from the Belgian Air Force which recently took into service this European flagship a C 130J of the Qatar Emiri Air Force a USAF CV22 or a P8 from the US NAVY Not to forget some prototypes as the Textron s Scorpion maybe the future for some air forces And even if the F 35 was once again absent the aviation of the 21st century was well represented Still about the future there were two Kawasaki P1 in the static and flying display The P1 is a naval patrol aircraft and new spearhead of the Japanese Navy Those two superb aircraft flew straight in from the Land of the

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  • Shuttleworth Military Pageant
    in Europe Two old gliders a German Schneider Grunau Baby and a Slingsby Radar Kite Both are from between the wars concepts and it was interesting to compare the German and the English design Airborne by a dual tow done by the Shuttleworth Collection Piper PA18 Super Cub Time now to take to the seas and have a look at two aircraft designed for the Royal Navy The Shuttleworth Collection Hawker Sea Hurricane MkIb Z7015 was presented together with the Supermarine Seafire Mk XVII VL105 coded SX336 This latter was built by Westland Aircraft Ltd at Yeovil and based on board the HMS Gamecock in 1946 Back to the war in Europe in particular to the Battle of Britain with the Bristol Blenheim Mk I L6739 recently restored and starting his first season of airshows in the capable hands of John Romain A first Blenheim G MKIV was recovered from Canada and underwent a 12 year restoration project by a small team who brought the aircraft back to flight in May 1987 In a terrible incident for all involved the Blenheim was badly damaged in a crash just one month after its first flight Harnessing all their determination to get a Blenheim back in the air the same team of volunteers strove over the next five years to restore a second Blenheim G BPIV and in June 1993 she took to the skies before being rolled out to the public at her home at Imperial War Museum Duxford In August 2003 the aircraft suffered an accident at landing and the damages were so significant that the aircraft was dismantled The wrecks were transferred to Blenheim Ltd in December 2003 Originaly the aircraft was a Canadian Bolingbroke version and the Blenheim Association decided to start the restoration Later on a Mk I nose came into possession and it was decided to modify the airframe to adapt the Mk I nose to it You have to know that some of the controls like throttles pitch control carburettor and hydraulic controls were completely in different places within the two aircraft types and it was one of the biggest challenges to adapt those in the new nose The aircraft is painted in the colours of 23 Squadron that took part in the Battle of Britain After 11 years of hard work and sometime heavy headaches the plane made its maiden flight on November 20 2014 at Duxford and is now fully ready for the 2015 airshow season as we could see at Old Warden Airfield The last part of the event was dedicated to the First World War and the SE5A Bristol F 2B Fighter Avro 504K and Sopwith Pup were readied up at the beginning of the afternoon to conclude this pageant with a great finale but sadly the wind was clearly too strong and the flight director decided to cancel the display for security reasons A wise decision as to preserve those magnificent machines avoiding any risk of damage to one of

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