Israel has a very interesting aircraft museum, located in a corner of Hatserim Air Base. Hatserim is in the Negeb desert, some 150 kms south of Jeruzalem. The museum exhibits all types that ever entered service with the Israeli Air Force. Hatserim Airbase also houses a storage centre which is adjacent to the museum. Frank was there in November 2010 and pictured both in the museum as well as some of the aircraft held in open storage.
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 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.
A poor open day, mainly due to the very bad weather (as you can see on the photos made by Frank). After the presentation of 4 NF-5s, a Starfighter, a Troopship and a Magister of the Belgian Red Devils the further show had to be cancelled because of the strong wind. The static was okay though, featuring amongst others a Danish F-100F and RF-35 Draken.
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.