Special F-16 badge for the ISAF mission

 


Briefing to convoy the F-16
to Kaboul via Turkey

 
 

Flight plan of the 1st stage
to Akinci in Turquie

     
     


The pilots wear a desert style flightgear
 
 

The departure of this uncommon mission for
COMOPSAIR
took place in presence of
M. André Flahaut, Minister of Defence
and General BEM Michel AUDRIT

     
     

 

The F-16 awaiting their pilots under grey skies

 

Even the equipment received desert style colours
     
     

 

Commandant Castelein, mission commander, examine his wingmen during their preparation

 
 

Alignment of the F-16 on the Florennes
airbase before the flight to Kaboul

     
     


Some minutes before start-up, with
a last glance to the personalities and the press

 

 

Last moments before closing the cockpit
and start-up
 
     
     


Thorough equipment checks
 
 

This image to point out the importance
of the groundcrew, sometimes too forgotten

     
     

 

Cockpit closed

 
 

Start up

     
     

 

Taxi to the holding point

 
 

Here we go, good luck guys

     
     

 

A last good-bye wave to the chaps

 
 

Good-bye grey sky of Belgium

     
     

 

A good-bye from the « Stingers » and « Matrix » to the squadron boys heading towards Afghanistan

 
 

KC10 A Extender of the KLU wich will ensure the inflight refueling of our F-16 en route to Kaboul

     
     
 


Presentation of the standard configuration used in Afghanistan :
- hardpoint 1 and 9 : AIM9M sidewinder with infra red guided
- hardpoint 3 and 7 : bomb Mk82 laser guided.
The aircraft are also equipped with a LANTIRN targetting pod as wella s with
chaff and flare counter measures ; without forgetting the internal 20mm canon

     
     

Operational configuration of our F16 at Kaboul

 

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