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.
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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!
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…
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.
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!