Belgian Air Force Demo Team 2012
Text : Serge Van Heertum  -  Pictures : Serge Van Heertum, Laurent Cuvelier & Bart Roselle © sbap 2012
 

Florennes air base in the Belgian Ardennes was the place chosen by the authorities for the official presentation of the demonstration teams 2012 and to present the great lines of the international airshow planned on 23rd and 24th of June.
The international airshow of florennes is divided in five main parts: The flying display with the participation of different demonstration teams, historical aircraft and no less as five F-16 solo display (Belgium, Netherland, Denemark, Turkey and Greece). The static display with last generation jets, Helicopters, transport aircraft and historical old glories. An historical display is also planned with many vehicles and players in historical clothing to underline the 70 years of Florennes airbase. The usual exhibition with man and material of the base to show what the life is in an operational air force base. And finally the official presentation of two new publications proposed to the visitors. One publication about the begin of Florennes airbase between 1943 and 1955 written by Colonel er André "Phil" Dambly and the first part of a comic named "Scramble" written and draw by the Cdt Fabian "Goos" Goossens a Florennes airbase pilot.
All needed information about the most important Belgian Air Force event can be reitrived via the airshow web site (link bottom of page).
The second part of the day was the official presentation of the 2012 demonstration teams that will show the Belgian Air Force knowhow in the European airshow circuit. You will find hereunder the presentation of the "Red Devils", the A109 solo display and the new F-16AM display pilot "Grat". Sadly due really bad weather conditions and heavy smog in the area, only the A109 was able to make a little demonstration. But the great and interesting part of the presentation was the possibility to interview the pilots and technicians.
So take your agenda, block the 23rd and 24th of June and be present at Florennes to enjoy the spectacle and the aviation world!

 
Sofie Naeyaert
Comopsair IPR attachee
General Claude Van de Voorde
Chief of Belgian Air Force
Colonel Michel Colles
Florennes Base commander
   
A great historical exhibition is planned during the airshow...
(Serge Van Heertum)
...with hundred players in historic clothing
(Laurent Cuvelier)
   
Demonstration teams 2012
 
Red Devils

In 1977 the Red Devils disappeared from the international airshow due to the replacement of the Fouga Magister by the new Alpha Jet.
In 2011 the Red Devils demo team reborn and is flying now the Siai Marchetti SF.260. The team is the continuation and has been developed out of the previous “Hardship Red”  demo team. In their magnificent red colors the team presents a fabulous ballet full of grace and this for the second year.

The "Red Devils" in action (Bart Roselle)
Pilots and technicians in a smoggy afternoon
 (Serge Van Heertum)
Jacques "Red" Dewaelheyns always present with the actual team
 (Serge Van Heertum)

Team 2012

Red 1 (ST04) : Cdt Alain “Papy” Collard

Red 2 (ST27) : Lt Steve "Mag" Malburny

Red 3 (ST03) : Cdt Albert “Al” Baltus

Red 4 (ST15) : Lt Stefaan “Stef” Braem

 

"Papy", "Mag", "Al", "Stef" and their mascot (Bart Roselle)
Agusta A109BA solo display

Igor and Filip are presenting the Agusta A109BA with great maestria. During around 15 minutes they are showing the capabilities of this light helicopter in different short maneuvers.  Their helicopter (H24) is wearing special markings underlining the 20 years in service of the Agusta A-109 in the Belgian Defense and the amount of 100.000 flight hours since 1992.

Agusta A109 with the special demo decoration (Bart Roselle)
The only possible demo during the official presentation day
(Serge Van Heertum)
The H24 with his smart decoration
(Serge Van Heertum)
The Belgian helicopter ambassador for the 2012 season (Laurent Cuvelier)

Team 2012

Lt Igor Craeghs

Lt Filip Perremans

"Flip" & "Gorki" (Serge Van Heertum)
Lockheed Martin F-16AM solo display

Every air fan has probably already seen in air show the Belgian Air Force F-16AM solo display. The new demonstration pilot for the 2012 season is Cpt Renaud "Grat" Thys. The new demo pilot is flying the FA84 especially painted for the different demonstrations he will perform in the European air show circuit. A wonderful and powerful demonstration done by “Grat that will most probably bring great pleasure for thousand and thousand aviation lovers.

The FA84 in action (Bart Roselle)
This afternoon the FA84 remain on ground thanks to the heavy fog in the region...
(Serge Van Heertum)
Pictures and interview...a new job for "Grat"
(Serge Van Heertum)
The 2012 F-16AM demo team...The plane, the driver and the technical crew (Serge Van Heetum)

Cpt Renaud "Grat" Thys
Born in 1983, "Grat" join the Belgian Air Force in 2001 and started his pilot formation in 2002. He got his wings in 2004 and after his Alpha Jet course,
he rejoin the OCU in 2005 for the F-16 conversion course. Full operational,
he was assigned to the 350 Squadron of Florennes. Between 2006 and 2011, he followed many qualification courses and participate to different exercise (TLP, CCD) in different countries. Currently, he is instructor in charge of standardisation and evaluation of the 350 Squadron and his flight book totalise an amount of 1800 flight hours (1200 on F-16)

Enjoy your season "Grat" ! (Serge Van Heertum)
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