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AIRCRAFT WRECKS & RELICS (pictured 2011-today, excl. USA)

December 3, 2017 |

This gallery features pictures of aircraft that have been disposed of or preserved in one way or another; the airframes depicted here (gate-guards, monuments, eye-catchers, etc.) are photographed in the years 2011 onward. Note that some of the aircraft portrayed here are no longer present at the given location.

W&R portrayed in the USA are dealt with in a separate gallery (also in this album “Preserved Aircraft”).

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Base visit Bierset (B), May 1970

June 29, 2017 |

In May 1970 Frank was allowed to visit the Belgian Air Force base of Bierset, at that time home of no. 42 recce squadron (flying the RF-84F Thunderflash) and of the T-33A equipped VZZ Flight.

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Florennes Meeting, June 2016

August 5, 2016 |

In June 2016 the Belgian airforce organized a 2-day air event at Florennes AB to celebrate its 70th anniversary.

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Bierset Airshow (Belgium), June 20 – 21, 1969

April 20, 2016 |

In June 1969 Hans and Frank visited the Internationale Vliegmeeting at Bierset AB, Belgium, home of the 42nd recce squadron; the open days & air show took place on two days , namely 20 and 21 June 1969 and among the many interesting aircraft to be seen there was a significant U.S.Navy delegation.

NOTE: This is an update of an earlier version of this gallery.

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Belgian Thunderstreaks: Period of Active Service

June 4, 2015 |

We have seen the Thunderstreaks of the Belgian Air Force very frequently, both in operational conditions , in storage and/or as museum-pieces.  This post deals with pictures of Thunderstreaks  in Belgian Air Force service, while they still were operational.

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Belgian Thunderstreaks: Aircraft Out of Service

May 26, 2015 |

Many Thunderstreaks of the Belgian Air Force ended their service lives at the aircraft-depot at Koksijde AB. Most of them were scrapped but some survived: at first as eye-catchers (“decoys”) – sometimes disguised as Mirages ! – and later in museums or as monuments. This gallery gives an overview on the faiths of various Belgian Thunderstreaks. Note that withdrawn a/c may not be present anymore at the given locations.

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Warbirds at Kleine Brogel, September 2014

October 31, 2014 |

The Belgian Air Force organized at big Open Day/Airshow at Kleine Brogel on 13-14 September 20, with a Spottersday on the 12th.

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Kleine Brogel Airshow, September 2014

October 23, 2014 |

The Belgian Air Force Days at Kleine Brogel (B) were from 13-14 September, with a Spottersday the 12th which Frank atended.

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Kleine Brogel (B) Open Day / Tiger Meet, June 1978

March 12, 2014 |

The 1978 Tiger Meet was held at Kleine Brogel AB (Belgium) from 19-26 June. Participating were the air arms of 10 different countries including Norway, Greece and Portugal. On 23 June KB was open to the public and on Saturday 24 June the 31 squadron ‘Tiger’ area was open to the public. Both Frank and Hans visited the event.

 

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Base Visit Brustem/St.Truiden (B), May 1978

January 20, 2014 |

In 1978 both the Advanced- and Transition Flying School of the Belgian Air Force were  based at the airbase of Brustem/Sint Truiden; this base is now closed by the way. The AFS was equipped with the Potez-Fouga CM-170 Magister, the TFS with Lockheed T-33As.  Both types were replaced by the Alpha Jet in the early eighties and the location for the flying training was moved to France.

 

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