[Pictures] For its 75th birthday, the Belgian Air Force presents its “Demo Teams” at Florennes Airbase

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The presentation of the various “Demo teams” of the “Air Component” (the official name of the Belgian Air Force) – the F-16 solo display team, the Red Devils (Marchetti – SF260) and the A109BA helicopter display team – took place this year on 24 June 24 between 14:00 and 18:00, at the Florennes airbase.

The event took place in the framework of the 75th anniversary of the Belgian Air Force, but Florennes Airbase also celebrates the 80th anniversary of the 350 Squadron, created with Belgian pilots of the Royal Air Force during World War ii.

In the coming months, the Belgian Defence Air Component will show its capabilities to a large audience during spectacular acrobatic air shows. Three teams will represent, as true ambassadors, the national colours during air shows in Belgium and abroad. An important part of their mission is to encourage young people to pursue a career in (military) aviation.

 Lieutenant-colonel aviator Jean Van Hecke, the team leader of the Red Devils © Benoît Denet

After a presentation to the press, the different “Demo teams” performed their 2021 show for the first time under the watchful eye of the cameras. A “Spotters day” was organised as well to watch the show and more than 100 spotters were present, not only for the demo teams but for a large presentation of various historic and current aircraft, both in the air and on a static exhibition.

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Aviation safety is essential for the Air Component. On Tuesday, 22 June 2021, the three teams have already had the opportunity to present their skills during military acceptance flights to a jury chaired by the Commander of the Air Component (ACC), Aviator General Thierry Dupont. After the presentation, he presented the teams with the qualification certificate for the air show.

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Senior captain aviator Jo Jacobs and senior captain aviator Stijn Soenens next to the Agusta A109 “Razzle Blades” © Benoît Denet
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The Red Devils and one of their Marchetti SF260 © Benoît Denet
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The 5 Marchetti SF260 © Benoît Denet
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A109 launching flares © Benoît Denet
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F-16 solo team: senior captain aviator Stefan « Vador » Darte © Benoît Denet
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F-16 and Spitfire © Benoît Denet
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F-16 FA-101 launching flares © Benoît Denet
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The Red Devils show © Benoît Denet
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Pictures by Benoît Denet, text by André Orban

3 COMMENTS

  1. Nice that we get to hear about this the day AFTER the event……no wonder there were only 100 spotters – truly the ‘Happy Few’.
    Maybe you could publish announcements of such events in advance in future.

  2. This event was already announced at least 2 weeks ago on the Social media and homepage of the 2W TAC so….

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