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F-35 fighter jet expands global presence in 2021 to two new countries: Finland and Switzerland

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Lockheed Martin completed another successful year as the F-35 programme continued to expand its global footprint and enhance operational capabilities. In 2021, two new countries...

Belgian firm SABCA loses maintenance contract for the U.S. F-16s in Europe in favour of Polish company

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After initially choosing SABCA in early 2021, the US Air Force ultimately preferred to select a Polish aircraft company to maintain its European-based F-16s,...

The 15 Wing of the Belgian Air Force says goodbye to the C-130s: the end of the legendary Belgian Hercules

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6sCX4Oa3cI On Friday, December 17, the Air Component of the  Belgian army bid farewell to its legendary C-130 Hercules at Melsbroek Air Base (EBMB). After...

Farewell flight Belgian Air Force C-130 in formation over Belgium on 17 December

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In December 2021, Belgium will say goodbye to a winged icon. After almost 50 years of loyal and above all intense service, the C-130 Hercules...

Finland selects Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II as its next fighter

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The Finnish Government has announced Lockheed Martin’s 5th Generation F-35 Lightning II is the aircraft selected from its HX Fighter Program. "By selecting the...

Greek F-16 crashes in the Peloponnese – Pilot ejects to safety

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A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed as it was landing at the military airport of Andravida on the Peloponnesian peninsula on Thursday afternoon; the...

Royal Air Force F-35 crashes into the Mediterranean, pilot safely ejects

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On 17 November, a British F-35 pilot from HMS Queen Elizabeth ejected during routine flying operations in the Mediterranean this morning. The pilot has...

Belgian F-16s return from mission against ISIS

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Belgian F-16s return from Jordan On Friday 1 October, the four Belgian F-16s deployed in Jordan landed at Kleine-Brogel airbase. This is a one-year mission...

[Willerzie, Belgium] Special Air Service (SAS) Commemoration with multiple Belgian Special Forces jumps

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Special Air Service (SAS) Commemoration with multiple Belgian Special Forces jumps Authors: Benoit Denet & Martin Gillet. Lest we forget. Willerzie, Belgium, Monday September 13th. Willerzie (in Walloon...

Switzerland selects F-35 Lightning II for future air defence requirements

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F-35 is the most advanced, capable and affordable aircraft available for the Swiss Air Force's future fighter fleet The Swiss Federal Council announced Lockheed Martin's...

End of F-16 operations at Dutch Air Base Leeuwarden

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With the arrival of the F-35 as a new fighter aircraft, the era of the F-16s at Leeuwarden Air Base ends. The ceremonial end...

Joint venture BeLightning (Asco Industries, Sabca and Sonaca Group) kicks off horizontal tail program

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The BeLightning joint venture between Asco Industries, Sabca and Sonaca Group, has officially kicked off activity to build horizontal tails and related components for...

Final landing for CH-13, the oldest C-130 Hercules of the Belgian Air Force

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At around 11:00 on 26 April, a C-130 Hercules landed at the military aerodrome of Beauvechain, Belgium, in the presence of the Minister of...

[Royal Danish Air Force] The F-35 ready to enter service with the Royal Danish Air Force – Invitation to the rollout Celebration

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The F-35 ready to enter service with the Royal Danish Air Force Invitation to the rollout Celebration  Authors: Benoit Denet & Martin Gillet. On Wednesday, April...

The Belgian Air Force F-16 fleet is operational again

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The Belgian Air Force has gradually resumed F-16 flights this week. As of Sunday, March 14, the F-16 detachment in Jordan was operational again...

[Belgian Air Component] 50 years in Belgian service: Tribute to the Mighty Hercules with a Celebration paint scheme

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50 Years in Belgian Service: Tribute to the Mighty Hercules with a Celebration paint scheme Authors: Benoit Denet & Martin Gillet, reporting from Meslbroek Air...

Temporary grounding of the Belgian Defence F-16 fleet

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On February 11, at Florennes Air Base, an F-16 had engine problems on takeoff and landed immediately, as a precaution. The investigation shows that...

[Belgian Air Component] Belgian pilot “VRIESKE” celebrates 5,000 flight hours on F-16

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Belgian pilot "VRIESKE" celebrates 5,000 flight hours on F-16 Authors: Benoit Denet & Martin Gillet, reporting from Kleine-Brogel Air Base "KB" (EBBL). Kleine-Brogel, March 5th 2021....

A Belgian Air Force F-16 pilot will be the 6th in the world to score 5,000 hours on the aircraft

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Captain Steven De Vries, a Belgian Air Force pilot, will score 5,000 flight hours for the first time on Friday in a training flight...

SABCA Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) wins maintenance contract for 80 US Air Force F-16s

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The US Air Force once again entrusts SABCA with the maintenance of its 80 F-16s on the European soil. This contract confirms SABCA Charleroi...

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