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New colours for the Lockheed Martin F-16 FA-57 – 105th anniversary of the 1st Sqn BAF emblem

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On 16 April 1913, the First Squadron was born with the creation of the l'Aviation Militaire Belge – Compagnie des Aviateurs (Belgian Military Aviation...

Glider pilot dies in crash at Beauvechain air base, Belgium

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A glider has crashed in Beauvechain, in the Belgian province of Walloon Brabant. The pilot, a man from Antwerp in his sixties, was killed....

The first Belgian soldiers, part of NATO’s rapid intervention force, leave for Romania onboard an Airbus A400M

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On March 4, an Airbus A400M departed from Melsbroek military airport bound for Romania. Onboard was the vanguard of Belgian soldiers who are part...

[Pictures] Deployment of Dutch helicopter gunships in Florennes Air Base (Belgium)

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On 17 January, a series of exercises for a Dutch helicopter detachment started at the Florennes base. About 100 people are deployed at this...

Koksijde Air Force Base will become a recreational airport and get a new name from 2025

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The Koksijde airbase will be in the hands of the city of Veurne and the municipality of Koksijde from 2025. From then on, the...

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...

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...

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...

Afghan girl in viral photo skipping on airport tarmac after arriving in Brussels following evacuation

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Belgium suspended evacuations after intelligence sources warned of an imminent terrorist attack at Kabul’s airport A moving photo of a young Afghan girl skipping on...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The mysterious diversion of a TUIfly Belgium military charter to Doha, Qatar

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We reported earlier that TUIfly Belgium had been contracted by Belgian Defence to operate military charters after the HiFly Airbus A321 formerly leased by...

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...

[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...

[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....

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