On 16 September 2012 the Sanicole aeroclub, based at Hechtel airfield in Belgium, had its 36th airshow. The Sanicole show is one of the largest privatly organized air events; stars of the day were a Barksdale B-52 bomber and two interesting Swedish warbirds, a Tunnan and a Viggen.
Marine Corps Air Station Cherrypoint (in North Carolina, eastcoast of the USA) celebrated its 70th anniversary with a 3-day airshow (May 4-7, 2012). Cherrypoint is home to the Marines AV-8B (a US version of the British Harrier), but houses next to that squadrons equipped with Prowlers, Herculesses and various helicopters. Frank visited the Cherrypoint Airshow on May 5th.
Belgium celebrated the 65th anniversary of its air force with an impressive airshow at Koksijde Air Base on 6 and 7 July 2011. Koksijde is the home of 40 squadron Heli, the Sea King equipped SAR unit; that’s probably the reason why on the static show the rotors were in the majority and that only some 6 fighter aircraft were present (plus a lot of warbirds by the way; these are presented in our warbirds album).
The flying-programme during the Open Days at Leeuwarden Air Base (NL) in June 2006 featured the U.S.Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team The Blue Angels. Never before they visited the Netherlands so this was their first time and for Dutch aircraft spotters it was an excellent opportunity to see their F-18 Hornets and one Hercules in action !
Apart from several excellent demoteams , such as The Turkish Stars , equipped with former Dutch Northrop-Canadair NF-5A/B’s , the Open Days at Volkel Air Base , the Netherlands in June 2007 , featured some interesting Warbird-participants , including two Hawker Hunters from Sweden (ex Swiss Air Force). Special guests on the Static Show came from Poland and – also not very common – was the presence of a U.S.Navy Lockheed Orion.