Bye Bye TLP...

 

 

Text : Serge Van Heertum -  pictures : Serge Van Heertum & Marc Arys  - S.B.A.P. ©

 

The 8 basic nations of the TLP Memorandum of Understanding A symbol, TLP going from Belgium to Spain

 

On june 17th was held the closing ceremony of the TLP at Florennes Air Base. As everybody knows, the TLP is leaving to a better weather area in Spain.

The TLP is now based at Albacete Los Llanos Air Base.

During the ceremony the Colonel Steyaert was giving symbolicly the command of TLP and the flag to the new commander Colonel Salom from the Spanish Air Force.

Many VIP's from all the nations participating to the TLP program where present. A new historical page of TLP is going on!

 

The VIP's tribune
 
The flag is going down   The symbolic handover
     
 
Belgian F-16AM flypast Colonel Salom congratulate Colonel Steyaet for his Spanish speech

Why does TLP move to Spain ?

In the past twenty years military operations have changed based on technological development, the political situation and threat presentation. In the past most military air operations were conducted in the lower levels of airspace, based on the necessity to acquire the target visualy or with short range sensors. This low flying activity put a lot of noise burden on the population in Central Europe, wich for TLP, was counteracted by the sharing principle of airspace amongst the TLP MOU nations, but still excluded the possibility to train operations at night. Today's military air operations, enabled by stand off weapons/sensors and performance of modern combat aircraft focus more on medium and high altitude scenarios.

But this altitude band is also used by civil airlines traffic. Civil air traffic forecasts show a dramatic increase of civil airline operation in these altitude bands restricting future military air exercises and TLP training. This tendecy has increasingly influenced TLP over the lmast few years. In 2006 the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) Nations decided to accept the Spanish offer to relocate TLP to Los Llanos Air Base, Albacete, Spain. The Spanish airspace around this location offer a large, yet unrestricted volume of military training areas, wich will allow military air operations training in all height bands and improved the possibility for night operations. Albacete is an airbase equiped by Mirage F1E combat ircratft and his forssen to become an Eurofighter base in 2013. The move is now on going and the first operations will start during summer 2009.

TLP budget and international manning The civilain air traffic forecast for 2020 in Central Europe

 

The present aircafts at the closing ceremony.

F-16AM Belgian Air Component 2nd Tactical Wing Florennes Air Base EF-18A Spanish Air Force Ala 12 Torrejon Air Base
   
F-16CG block 40 U.S. Air Force 31 Fighter Wing Aviano Air Base Tornado GR4 Royal Air Force 9 squadron Marham Air Base
   
F-4F Phantom II Luftwaffe JG71 "Richthofen" Wittmund Air Base F-16BM Danish Air Force  Esk 727  Skrydstrup Air Base
   
Tornado IDS  Aeronautica Militare Italiana  102 Gruppo  Brescia Air Base F-16BM Koninklijke Luchtmacht 322 squadron Leeuwarden Air Base
   

Pictures overview of Florennes TLP sessions in 2009

AMX Italian Air Force 13Gruppo Amendola Air Base F-15E U.S.Air Force 494th Fighter Squadron Lakenheat Air Base
   
F-16D block 52 Polish Air Force 31.Blt  Poznan Air Base F-16C block 52 Polish Air Force 31.Blt  Poznan Air Base
   
F-4F German Air Force  JG71 Wittmund Air Base EF-18A  Spanish Air Force Ala12 Torrejon Air Base
   
Mirage 2000N French Air Force 4ème Escadre Luxeuil Air Base Mirage F-1CT French Air Force 30ème Escadre Colmar Air Base
   
Mirage 2000N French Air Force 4ème Escadre Luxeuil Air Base F-16A block 50 Italian Air Force 18Gruppo Trapani Air Base
   
Tornado IDS German Air Force  AG51 Schleswig Air Base F-15E U.S.Air Force 494th Fighter Squadron Lakenheat Air Base
   
F-4F German Air Force  JG71 Wittmund Air Base Tornado IDS German Air Force  AG51 Schleswig Air Base
   
AMX Italian Air Force 13Gruppo Amendola Air Base EF-18A  Spanish Air Force Ala12 Torrejon Air Base
   
F-16A block 50 Italian Air Force 18Gruppo Trapani Air Base F-15E U.S.Air Force 494th Fighter Squadron Lakenheat Air Base
   
F-15E U.S.Air Force 494th Fighter Squadron Lakenheat Air Base C-27J Spartan Italian Air Force 98Gruppo Pisa Air Base
   
C-130H Spanish Air Force Ala31 Zaragoza Air Base Polish and Greek participation in 2009
   
Mirage 2000-5EG from the Greece Air Force Aligned on the TLP apron
   
EF-18A  Spanish Air Force Ala15 Zaragoza Air Base EF-18A  Spanish Air Force Ala15 Zaragoza Air Base
   
EF2000 Italian Air Force  IX gruppo  Grosseto Air Base Mirage F-1CR Frech Air Force 112ème Escadre Reims Air Base
   
F-16C block 52 Polish Air Force 31.Blt  Poznan Air Base Mirage 2000-5EG Greece Air Force 331Mira  Tanagra Air Base
   
The last flight line F-16C block 30 Greece Air Force  346Mira  Larisa Air Base
   
F-16A block 50 Italian Air Force 18Gruppo Trapani Air Base F-16C block 30 Greece Air Force  346Mira  Larisa Air Base
   
F-16CJ block 50 U.S.Air Force 23 Fighter Squadron Spangdahlem Air Base F-16 AM Belgian Air Component 10 Fighter Wing Kleine Brogel Air Base
   
F-16AM Koninklijke Luchtmacht 311 squadron Volkel Air Base Tornado ECR Italian Air Force  155 Gruppo Piacenza Air Base
   
Super Etendard Marine French Navy  11Flotille Landivisiau Air Base Super Etendard Marine French Navy  11Flotille Landivisiau Air Base
   
EF2000 Spanish Air Force  Ala11 Sevilla Air Base EF2000 Spanish Air Force  Ala11 Sevilla Air Base
   
Hawk T1A  Royal Air Force  100 squadron Leeming Air Base F-16CJ block 50 U.S.Air Force 22 Fighter Squadron Spangdahlem Air Base
   
L-159A Czech Air Force 212.tl  Caslav Air Base Mirage 2000N French Air Force 4ème Escadre Luxeuil Air Base
   
F-16AM Koninklijke Luchtmacht 322 squadron Leeuwarden Air Base F-16 AM Belgian Air Component 10 Fighter Wing Kleine Brogel Air Base
   
Dassault Falcon 20DC from Cobham Company F-16 AM Belgian Air Component 2 Tactical Wing Florennes Air Base

The closing ceremony surprise !

During the closing ceremony, the German Air Force was coming to Florennes with a special visitor!
A splendid F-4F from Wittmund Air Base, specialy painted for the 50 years of the JG71 "Richthofen" squadron.

   
   
   
The F-4F   (37+03)   in his 50 years colour sheme

 

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