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Brustem-St.Truiden (Belgium) Air Meeting / Pre Show Day, September 9th, 1989

October 25, 2012 |

Nice formation-flying was carried out by resident Fouga Magisters and Alphajets during the pre-show day of the Belgian Air Force’s Air Meeting at Brustem-St.Truiden in September 1989. The national demoteams of Spain (La Patrulla Aguila) and Portugal (Asas de Portugal) were also present to show their abilities and not to forget that good old Avro Shackleton , which was part of a RAF-delegation. Both Hans and Frank went there and enjoyed the show.

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Chièvres Open Day (Belgium), June 20th, 1987

October 25, 2012 |

During the fifties and sixties Chièvres Air Base in the south of Belgium was in active use by the Belgian Air Force , but later on it gradually became an air-transport facility for V.I.P’s who are visiting SHAPE (the NATO-HQ in Brussels). Sometimes Open Days & Air Shows took place at this location , such as the one on June 20th ,1987 , which was attended by Hans. The presence of two USAF B-52’s (one at the Static Show and one demo-aircraft in the air) was without any doubt impressive !

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Kleine Brogel (Belgium) Open Day, June 28th, 1986

October 25, 2012 |

It was a very hot summer day when Kleine Brogel AB , Belgium , was open to the public on June 28th , 1986 ; this gallery shows some of the pictures made by Hans and Frank .

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Bierset (Belgium) Open Day, June 21st, 1980

October 25, 2012 |

On June 21st and 22nd, 1980 two Open Days were held at Bierset AB in Belgium and it was one of the first times that a Belgian F-16 was shown in public. There were so few people visiting the Open Day on the 21st , making Hans think for a while that the organizers had assembled the aircraft on static especially for him…! Despite the less favourable weather conditions he took some colour-slides.

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Beauvechain (Belgium) Airshow, June, 1972

October 24, 2012 |

In 1972 the Belgian Air Force organized its annual airshow at Beauvechain AB on 24 and 25 June.  Here’s a nostalgic report by Hans and Frank.

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Beauvechain Airshow (Belgium), June 27 – 28, 1970

October 24, 2012 |

In the seventies the Belgian Air Force organized great annual airshows (they still do, by the way). The 1970 show at Beauvechain AB was remarkable because of the very active presence of 5 Starfighters of the Royal Danish Air Force. Next to that the static provided an extensive overview of the Belgian Air Force of those days.

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Brustem-St .Truiden (Belgium) Airshow, June 22 – 23, 1968

October 24, 2012 |

The Airshow at Brustem AB in 1968 , attended by both Hans and Frank ,was a very special event: new at the time were the green/brown colour schemes introduced by the BAF on (some of )their fighter- and training aircraft-types . The fact that the USAF showed no less than five century fighters was a bonus as well!

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Brussels-Melsbroek Open Days (Belgium), June 24 – 25, 1967

October 24, 2012 |

On June 24th / 25th , 1967 the annual International Air Show in Belgium took place at Melsbroek near Brussels, the home of the air transport fleet of the Belgian Air Force. Hans’ pictures in this gallery were still made with a relatively simple camera and no tele-lens could be used as yet…

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Oostmalle – Zoersel (Belgium) Warbirds Fly-in, August 20th, 2011

October 23, 2012 |

Zoersel/Oostmalle is a disused NATO airbase in Belgium (near Antwerp). It houses a small but very enthusiastic aero club and this club (called APCK) has a great track record when it comes to organizing warbird airshows. Although there were no fast jets participating this year it was a fantastic event; Frank was among the visitors and his pictorial report starts here.

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WARBIRDS: Kleine Brogel (B) Spotters Day, September 18th, 2009

October 23, 2012 |

In September 2009 Kleine Brogel hosted the annual Tiger Meet; spotters were allowed to observe the flying activities on September 18th. Coincidently in the weekend following the nearby Sanicole/Helchteren Airshow was to take place; a number of warbirds that were to perform at Sanicole were temporarily based at KB , so Hans and Frank took the opportunity to take some pictures of them!

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