Belgian Air Component

Belgian Air Component celebrates Air Cadet Wings handover at Beauvechain, Belgium

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This Wednesday (24 November), at the Beauvechain base, Belgium the 'Air Cadets' wings were handed over to the class of 2020 and 2021. Due...

Several European air forces scramble for two Russian Air Force Tu-160 “Blackjack” aircraft

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Around 1300 (UTC +1), two Russian Tu-160 “Blackjack” aircraft did not adhere to the identification procedures, according to the military. A Norwegian QRA (Quick...

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...

Belgian Defence evacuates 400 people from Kabul, repatriates 233 from Islamabad to Brussels

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Operation Red Kite in numbers Since 20 August, Belgian Defence has been conducting evacuation flights from Afghanistan. Also this weekend, Defence set up an airlift...

Air Belgium and TUIfly Belgium might participate in repatriation flights from Afghanistan

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Belgian Defence has reached an agreement with Air Belgium and TUIfly Belgium to carry out the repatriation of Belgian nationals from Afghanistan to Belgium,...

No helicopters on Belgium’s National Day aerial parade: they are deployed to evacuate vehicles from rubble and rivers

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This Wednesday 21 July (Belgium's National Day) in the afternoon, two helicopters of the Belgian Air Force took off from the airbase of Beauvechain...

Belgian Air Force deploys resources to help disaster victims in southern Belgium

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As part of its Aid to the Nation mission, Belgian Defence has been implementing numerous means since 14 July evening in order to help...

Aérospatiale SE-316B Alouette III withdrawn from service for Belgian Air Force

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On this Thursday 8 July 2021 at Koksijde Air Base, the Belgian Air Force will retire the last two Alouette III helicopters. A third aircraft...

Belgian F-16 collides with Leeuwarden Air Base building, two people injured

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The pilot of a Belgian F-16 (tail number FA-130) had to use his ejection seat while preparing for the morning flights at the airbase...

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...

Belgian and British fighter jets scrambled because of two Russian military aircraft in Dutch airspace over the North Sea

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Two Belgian F-16s were deployed this morning over the North Sea because two military planes from Russia approached Dutch airspace. The Russian Tu-142 "Bear" aircraft...

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...

[Belgian Air Component] First Visit of the Minister of Defence to the Air Component in Beauvechain

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First Visit of the Belgian Minister of Defence to the Air Component in Beauvechain Authors: Benoit Denet & Martin Gillet, reporting from Beauvechain Air Base...

New cooperation with civil aviation sector (particularly TUI fly Belgium) enables dispatch of Belgian military personnel to areas of operations

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  The Belgian military air transport fleet is currently undergoing a transformation. The new A400M planes are gradually replacing the C-130H fleet. Belgian Defence has...

Belgian Air Force formation flight to honour healthcare workers cancelled due to bad weather

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Belgium's air tour of honour scheduled for Thursday by the Belgian Defence as a sign of encouragement for medical staff will not take place...

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