This year the annual airshow of the Belgian Air Force was held at Florennes
air base in the Belgian Ardennes. The home base of the 1st
squadron, 350 squadron and more recently the 80 UAV squadron opened the
doors to the public on 23rd and 24th of June. The
airshow was a real success with around 40.000 visitors on Saturday and sadly
much less on Sunday with 10.000 visitors due to extreme bad weather
conditions. On Sunday the flying activities were cancelled except for a
handful of aircraft.
The main theme of the airshow was the 70 years of the creation of the base.
Florennes was built by the German forces in 1942 to complete the defense
line against the RAF and USAF bombers. In fact there was a gap in the
defense line and the allied forces used this aerial road on their way to
Germany. In 1942 the base was built by the famous Todd organization. As soon
as the installations were ready the Luftwaffe was based there with the
and later the JG26 (Day fighters).
With the allied progression the base was abandoned by the German and take
over by the USAF.
September 1944, the
370th and 474th Fighter Groups (P-38 Lightning)
were based at Florennes
and also the 422nd night Fighter Squadron (P-61 Black Widow). January 1945
the 365th Fighter Group "Hell Hawks" equipped with P-47 Thunderbolt takes
the place and later on, in April, after all the Fighter Squadron's some B-26
Marauder are still based at Florennes.
After the war the base was taken by the Belgian Air Force until today but
also during a period by the USAF and their famous
Until 2009, Florennes was also the home base of the Tactical Leadership
Program, better known as TLP. Due to unstable weather in Belgium and growing
aerial traffic above this part of Europe, the TLP moved at Albacete in
Spain. To commemorate the Second World War history of the base, some war
scenery was presented with many costumed people, vehicles and aircraft.
The flying program was the main attractor of the week-end success with a lot
of unusual presentations. More than words, you will see the pictures
To give the most largest view possible we have divided this page in six
items: The Friday arrivals, the static display with a view on the aircraft
but also on the other activities like the official 95th birthday
presentation of the 1st Squadron, the operational zone were the
demonstration teams were parked, the dynamic part of the airshow, a special
page about the Belgian Air Force display with the first
in Belgium for
“Grat” and his wonderful F-16AM and finally some visuals of the departures
on Monday. We hope that this panel will give the readers a clear view of the
different activities proposed during one of the main airshow event in
Belgium. Via this page, SBAP team would like to thanks Florennes Air Base
authorities and the Comopsair IPR team for the fantastic organization, the
facilities allowed during this event and mostly their usual and well
More than words make you choice by clicking on the chosen category and enjoy
your visit at Florennes airshow 2012...