Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures : Serge Van Heertum collection © sbap 2011
After the war, in 1947 the base was rebuilt and expanded to serve as a jet-fighter base. On December 1st, 1950 the 7th Fighter Wing, equipped with the Gloster Meteor, was stationed at Chièvres and joined a year later by the 10th Fighter Wing operating Spitfire XIV. After conversion to the F84E Thunderjet, the 10th Wing left Chièvres air base in 1953 for Kleine Brogel in Limburg.
In June 1956 the 7th Wing converted to the Hawker Hunter Mk. 4, and two years later to the Hunter F6. In 1963, the 7th Wing was disbanded, and on December 31st, 1967 the Belgian authorities officially turned over Chièvres Airbase to the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE).
The airshow held on June 23rd, 1963 was the last international meeting before the disbandment of the 7th Wing as consequence the last year of the “Red Devils” on Hunter aircraft. After a period of incredible development the Belgian air Force begins to undergo restructuring and air base closure…As everybody know Chièvres was not the last one to be abandoned!
Back to the golden years and the international airshow of 1963…enjoy!
|The program of the day: The youngsters magazine "Spirou" was involved as partner. See the main picture with "Buck Danny" and "Spirou" himself|
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|Opening by the 7th Wing Hunter Lead: Cdt Hervé Donnet|
Patrouille de France
|Piaggio P.166||Macchi MB 326|
Avro Canada CF-100 Mk V "Canuck"
Maj Bill Ongena
|1st Wing CF-100 "Canuck". Leader Cpt D. Lorriers|
|English Electric Canberra B8 RAF 213 Sqn|
|Gloster Javelin 9 RAF 5th Sqn||Handley Page "Victor" RAF 10th Sqn|
CM 170 Fouga Magister EPA Brustem
Lt Col Jan Van de Poel
Boeing KB 50, North American F-100D "Super Sabre",
Mc Donnell F-101 "Voodoo" & Douglas RB 66 "Destroyer"
|Mc Donnell F-101 "Voodoo"|
|Sikorsky S-58 Cpt Malmedy|
|Dassault SMB 2 "Super Mystère" B2 esc 1/12 Cambrai. Lead: Cpt Maerten||Alouette II Leader Cpt Geeraerts|
|Sikorsky CH 37A "Mojave"||C-119G CP28 preparing for paradrop|
|Assault paradrop||Black Devils team|
Jet Provost T.4 RAF Central flying School Little Rissington
Leader Flt Lt Ian Bashall
|Canadair CL 41R Grop Cpt Everard|
|Breguet "Alizé" French Navy Nîmes-Garon|
Republic F-84F "Thunderstreak" 2nd Tactical Wing Florennes
Lead Maj Hubert
Republic F-84F "Thunderstreak" 10th Tactical Wing Kleine Brogel
Lead Maj Tordeur
|Republic F-84F "Thunderstreak" FU 04 At taxi for JATO take Off||Republic F-84F "Thunderstreak" solo display Cpt José Marette|
|Lockheed TF-104G and Fiat G.91 Luftwaffe|
|English Electric P1B "Lightning" display Flt Lt Bee from Coltishall|
|Dassault "Mirage" IIIC display Cdt Descamps from Colmar|
|Lockheed F-104G "Starfighter" display Maj Marcel Legrand 350 Sqn Beauvechain||First public presentation of the brand new aircraft|
|The "Red Devils" Hawker Hunter F.6 Lead : Maj Ivan Deprins||The last year of the team due the closure of the Wing|
|Four ship cross! Very low...isn't it?||
National colours to close the 1963 airshow
Republic F-84F "Thunderstreak" 10th Tactical Wing
Lead: Cdt Degroof
See also the
YouTube video from Mister Spencer Rasson :
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