In 1999 the Belgian Air Force organized its annual airshow at Beauvechain AB, then home of the 1st Wing. Based at Beauvechain were the Marchettis of the 5th and the Alpha Jets of the 7th and 11th squadrons. This year’s show had as many as three mottos: 50 years NATO-40 years FOUGA – 20 years A-JET. Frank visited this magnificent show and took the pictures in this gallery.
The motto of the 1998 BAF airshow at Kleine Brogel AB (that took place on 5 September and which was visited by Hans and Frank) was “20 Years F-16 Fighting Falcon”; and indeed the organizers managed to bring together a huge number of F-16s. The programme brochure said it: “For sure we can give you a rendez-vous for the next F-16 anniversary, maybe in the year 2018!” .
In June 1998 the last Open Day at RAFG Laarbruch took place and Frank went there ; the base was closed down in the same year and the airfield became known as Niederrhein, later on the name was changed in Weeze airport. The airline Ryanair is one of the main operators today. There was no flying on the Open Day, just a static show.
On the 13th of September 1997 the Marinevliegkamp (R.Neth. Navy Air Base) Valkenburg opened its gates to the public. Frank and Hans both attended this air show , which appeared to be the last significant one held at this location , as the base was closed down a few years afterwards.
On the occasion of the 1995 NATO Tiger Meet an Open Day was organized at Kleine Brogel AB (Belgium) where the Tiger Meet was held in September. The pictures in this gallery were made by Frank.
Superb formation-flying was shown to the public by the Russian Air Force’s MIG 29 equipped demoteam STRIZHY during the (warbirds) Air Show at Zoersel, Belgium on September 4th , 1993 ! Hans and Frank enjoyed watching their display and – of course- took some pictures.
Star of the 1992 Belgian Air Force Airshow at Florennes AB(12 September), attended by Hans and Frank ,was a Spanish Mirage F1. At Florennes AB the second BAF airshow took place in that year; one week earlier a similar event was organized at Beauvechain AB.