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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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Tactical Weapons Meet, September 1972, Florennes (Belgium)

October 12, 2013 |

In the old days NATO organized several exercises; TWM (Tactical Weapons Meet) was a competition between 2ATAF and 4ATAF (Allied Tactical Air Force). In 1972 it was held for the 10th time and participants at Florennes in Belgium were Canadian AF Starfighters (Judge Team), Belgian AF Starfighters) (2nd Wing , Florennes), French AF Mirages (Guest Team, Esc.11/3, Nancy-Ochey) ,W.German AF Starfighters (JBG31, Nörvenich and JBG33, Büchel), R.Neth.AF(311/312 sq., Volkel, Starfighters), Royal Air Force Germany (14/17/31 sq.,Brüggen with Phantoms) and USAF in Europe ( 36TFW, Bitburg and 81TFW, Bentwaters, Phantoms).

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Exhibits

September 8, 2013 |

This gallery is to portrait preserved aircraft (not airworthy),  that are used in “travelling” exhibitions, or museum aircraft that are presented to the public on the static show of an airshow/open day.

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Hechtel/Sanicole Airshow (BE), September 2012

July 4, 2013 |

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.

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AIRCRAFT WRECKS & RELICS (pictured 1960 – 2010)

May 8, 2013 |

Pictures of aircraft that have been disposed of or preserved in one way or another ; this gallery deals with airframes photographed in the years 1960-2009. No need to say that the majority of the airframes presented here are no longer present.

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RF-84Fs of the Belgian Air Force

April 26, 2013 |

(1970)5 RF-84F(2) Thunderflash FR-21 Belg.LM Soesterberg 10-3-1970 J.A.Engels agfa 38-39 -79

The Thunderflash was the very successful reconnaissance version of the Thunderstreak; within NATO it a.o. saw service with the  the Belgian Air Force (BAF).

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Base Visit Brussels-Melsbroek (Belgium), July 28th,1972

April 17, 2013 |

 

On July 28th , 1972 Hans and Frank visited the 15th Wing of the Belgian Air Force based at Brussels-Melsbroek . A great deal of the air-transport fleet was present , that is to say lots of C-119 Packets or Flying Boxcars , a Douglas C-47 , a Pembroke , a Douglas DC-6 and -last but not least -the first C-130 Hercules for the Belgian Air Force (BAF) which had just arrived a few days prior to the visit of the authors of this photo-gallery.

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Warbirds at the Florennes 1975 airshow

February 10, 2013 |

At the Florennes Airshow (Belgium) on 21 June 1975, a couple of warbirds showed up as well: the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane of the Battle-of-Britain Memorial Flight. There was also a Boeing B-17 present carrying a French civil registration. This aircraft became a “real” warbird in later years , painted in USAAF-colours. Hans and Frank were among the spectators.

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Brustem-St.Truiden Airshow (B), June 1971

December 20, 2012 |

The 1971  Belgian International Vliegmeeting took place at Brustem-St.Truiden AB on 19 and 20 June ; the weather could have been better on the 19th (many rainshowers!). H&F got special permission to take some pictures in the flight-line area; have a special look at the photos of the two members (Steve Nuyts & Palmer de Vlieger) of one of the most spectacular demoteams ever: The Slivers !

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