Belgian Air Force Demo Team 2012
   Text : Serge Van Heertum      Pictures : Serge Van Heertum & Luc Dujardin © sbap 2012  
   

Geilenkirchen  air base in Germany, not far away of the Netherlands border, February 28, 1982…the base is in full effervescence! Indeed the first Boeing E-3A “Sentry” popularly called AWACS as landed marking the start of a new way in airspace surveillance and control.

The AWACS component was born from a common desire of several NATO nations to acquire a fleet of E-3A too expensive to be supported individually. This experience was a success and the participant nations enlarged along the years. Thirty years later the E-3A component count  17 nations all working together at Geilenkirchen  to ensure the security of European airspace and participating to different war missions like the last conflict in Lybia. Thirty years jubilee had to be underlined and the best way was to open the doors of the base allowing the visitors to learn more about this component. The week-end of 16th and 17th of June could be named “great AWACS fair” thanks to a wonderful static display (no flight demonstrations) including aircraft of all participating nations, some collection and historic aircraft and the possibility to visit a great part of aircraft with an amazing success for the E-3A. Every crew members did their best to give the explanations and answer the different visitor’s questions.  But this week-end was also underlined by a pure American style atmosphere including music, ground parade, folk traditions, children’s entertainment, old cars and military vehicles and last, but not least every country was proposing culinary specialties like Italy with pasta, United Kingdom with their famous stew, Denmark with different kind of fish and Belgium with french fries (of course) and different kind of beer! In one word this jubilee was marked like it must be and it was a real pleasure to cover this event.

SBAP team would like to thank the E-3A component authorities for all the facilities allowing covering this event. And as the saying goes: Happy Birthday!

 

     
  Boeing E-3A focus  
     
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Static display
   

Piaggio P-149D restaured in former Luftwaffe colours
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Beech C23 (Serge Van Heertum) Pilatus P-3-05 (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Piel CP-301A "Emeraude" (Serge Van Heertum) A space shuttle after NASA retirment (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Dornier DO28 D2 German Marine Flieger MFG5 Kiel
   
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De Havilland Canada DHC-2 (U-6A L-20A) "Beaver" (Serge Van Heertum) North American T-6 "Harvard" (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Messerschmitt bf-109 G4
   
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Messerschmitt me-262A-1c "Schwalbe"
   
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Sukhoï SU-22M-4 "Fitter"  8 elt Miroslawiec air base
   
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Lockheed-Martin F-16C-40 "Solo Turk" diplay 141 Filo Ankara/Akinci air base
   
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Lockheed-Martin F-16AM Belgian Air Force 31 Squadron Kleine Brogel air base
   

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Tornado IDS Luftwaffe AG51 Schleswig air base
   
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Mc Donell F-4F 58MC "Phantom II" Luftwaffe JG71 "Richthofen" Wittmundhaffen air base
   
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Lockheed-Martin F-16BM Esk 730 Skrydstrup air base (Serge Van Heertum) Lockheed-Martin F-16C-40 141 Filo Solo Turk spare (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Lockheed-Martin F-16D-30 330 Mira Nea Achialos air base (Serge Van Heertum) Eurofighter EF2000 JG73 Laage air base (Serge Van Heertum)
   
C-160D "Transall" Luftwaffe LTG62 Wunstorf air base
   
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Casa C295M Polish Air Force 13.Eltr Kraköw air base
   
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Casa C295M Czech Air Force 242.Tsl Kibely air base
   
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Lockheed-Martin C-130J-30 Norwegian Air Force 335 Skv Oslo/Gerdermoen air base
   
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Lockheed-Martin C-130J-30 USAF 86th Air Wing Ramstein air base
   
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Boeing KC-135E USAF Air National Guard 108 Wing - 141 ARS "New Jersey" Mc Guire AFB
   

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Antonov AN-26 Hungarian air Force 3 SRS Kecskemèt air base
   
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Sikorsky CH-53GS Heer Flieger MTHR 15 Rheine/Bentlage air base
   

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MBB BO-105P1M Heer Flieger HFVAS 100 Celle air base
   
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Aerospatiale SA316B Alouette III Netherland Air Force 300 Squadron Gilze Rijen air base
   
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Fair and parade...
   
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Lieutenant Colonel Marc Jansen Belgian AWACS section deputy commander
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All the AWACS component nations at parade
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Old cars (Serge Van Heertum) Old military trucks and material (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) All nations crew always available for explanations (Luc Dujardin)
   
Geilenkirchen fire brigades... (Serge Van Heertum) ...always ready in case of (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Face to face !
   
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