On May 13th , 1988 Hans and Frank paid a visit to the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces in Brussels , Belgium , which houses a large and interesting component devoted to the Air Force. To (partly) solve the lack of space problem in the great exhibition hall , some of the aircraft exposed have been “elevated” or attached to the ceiling to make them look as if they were in-flight. Hans also visited the museum in 1992 and 1997 , while Frank was there again in 1998 to take some more pictures.
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).
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!” .
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.
AIRSHOW BEAUVECHAIN 5/6 September 1992 Central theme of the 1992 Beauvechain Airshow (only one week later the BAF organized a second airshow at Florennes!) was the 50th anniversary of its no. 349 “Strike hard, Strike home” squadron. Both Hans and Frank were among the spectators.