Belgian Defence Days 2008

Florennes Air Base

 

 

Text & Pictures : Serge Van Heertum and Marc Arys - S.B.A.P.

 

 

The last edition of the Belgian Defense Days was held at Florennes Air Base in the south of the country and generaly the homebase of the 2nd Tactical Wing of the Belgian Air Component.

This event was a real succes with about 80.000 visitors.

Those special days where inaugurated by HRH Prince Philippe of Belgium. It is wel known that the Prince shows great interest for the new technologies and was realy interested by the mock up of the F-35.

Many activities were provided for the public : demonstrations, expositions, vehicles,... Informations stands were all over the place to show and present all the aspects and possibilities offered by the Belgian Defence.

It iss a fact that the first goal of the Belgian Defence Days is to attract new generations for a military carreer. These days were also the occasion to put up an international airshow. The quality was certainly present and all the demontrations have shown the quality and the great experience of all the pilots. Not to forget the ground personal of the Belgian Air Component.

The high skill levels of the aerobatic teams (Patrouille de France, Turkish Stars, Breitling and Victor) and of the solo displays (Armee de l'Air, KLU, Swiss Air Force...) were a gratification for our eyes.

Glorious aircrafts like the Skyraider, P-40N and other P-51D were also present.

 

In all, the week-end was a real success and the amount of visitors was in support of this !

 

S.B.A.P. would like to thank DG IPR for the accreditation and their obligingness.

 

 

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Inauguration by HRH Prince Philippe of Belgium
     
Belgian Air Component   Foreign Visitors
     
Aerobatic Teams   Warbirds
     

 

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