Belgian Air Force Demo Team 2012
   Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures : Serge Van Heertum, Luc Dujardin, Laurent Cuvelier & Bruno Ghils  © sbap 2012  
   

French National Day…Valenciennes airfield in the north of France…since 25 years now a full free airshow is organized by Mister Pierre Deprez, an emblematic guy in the north French aviation world. This year the event could be named Franco-Belgian friendship airshow. Effectively all French demonstrator were present, the EVAA (Ecole de Voltige de l’Armée de l’Air), the “Cartouche Doré” with their TB-30 Epsilon, the Rafale solo display and of course the “Patrouille de France”. But Belgian Air Force was also present with the F-16 solo display and the colorful SF.260 of the “Red Devils” (see also our special page in the Marchetti section). Some other displays where also planned but some of them where not present due the bad weather forecast. During the day the weather was a mix between heavy rain shower and large sunny spells... The public could appreciate demonstrations from a T-6 Harvard, a Yak-18 (in fact a Chinese…), the Piper Cub of Cambrai  aero club in his yellow tiger livery ( thanks our collaborator “Rage”) and also  a duo demonstration of the local flying school equipped with Beech 77 Skipper
The static display was not so big but well interesting for the visitors. The French Air Force was present with many exhibition axed on the possible interest for a military career in the French Air Force.  Exhibition of material like helmets, models, engines. The active participation of the public was ensured by different flight simulator
(Grob 120, Cap 10 or Mirage F-1) and certainly the most original was a kind of “Patrouille de France” flight simulator. In fact 6 cockpits and the goal was to follow the leader and get a maximum of points.
The atmosphere of this airshow was clearly focused on the proximity between the public and the various team members, pilots and technical crew.
In one word a real pleasant aeronautical event and an initiative to applaud.
We which the organizers all the best for the next 25 editions…
By this page, SBAP team would like to thanks Mister Deprez and his team for the great day, the warm welcome at Valenciennes and all the facilities granted during our report.

   
Static display, Exhibitions and Ground operations
(Luc Dujardin)
   
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(Serge Van Heertum) (Bruno Ghils)
   
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(Serge Van Heertum) (Luc Dujardin)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Luc Dujardin)
   
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(Serge Van Heertum) (Luc Dujardin)
   
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(Bruno Ghils)

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(Serge Van Heertum) (Bruno Ghils)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Laurent Cuvelier)
   
(Laurent Cuvelier) (Laurent Cuvelier)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Bruno Ghils)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Laurent Cuvelier) (Luc Dujardin)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Luc Dujardin)
   
(Laurent Cuvelier) (Laurent Cuvelier)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Bruno Ghils)
   
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(Laurent Cuvelier) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Luc Dujardin)
   
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(Laurent Cuvelier) (Luc Dujardin)
   
Belgian smoke pod art on the French Rafale (Laurent Cuvelier) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
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French Miss in visit...(Serge Van Heertum) Pierre Dedrez is an aircraft lover....not only it seems...(Serge Van Heertum)
   
Rain and water effect
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Bruno Ghils)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Luc Dujardin)
   
(Luc Dujardin) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
   
(Laurent Cuvelier) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Airshow Display
(Serge Van Heertum)
   
Belgian Air Force F-16AM solo display : Cpt Renaud "Grat" Thys
   
(Bruno Ghils) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Luc Dujardin)
   
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North American T-6 Harvard from Abbeville (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
French Air Force Extra 330SC "Ecole de Voltige de l'Armée de l'Air (EVAA) : Cpt François "Raloche" Rallet
   
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  (Luc Dujardin)
   
(Luc Dujardin) (Bruno Ghils)
   
(Laurent Cuvelier) (Luc Dujardin)
   
French Air Force TB-30 Epsilon "Cartouche Doré" display team
   
(Laurent Cuvelier) & (Luc Dujardin)
   
(Laurent Cuvelier) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Laurent Cuvelier) (Serge Van Heertum)
   

(Serge Van Heertum)

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French Air Force Rafale solo display : Cpt Michael Brocard
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Laurent Cuvelier) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Laurent Cuvelier)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
   
Yak 18 display from Belgium (Serge Van Heertum) Piper Cub from Cambrai aeroclub (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Beech 77 Skipper from Valenciennes aeroclub (Serge Van Heertum) A talented duo... (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Belgian Air Force Siai-Marchetti SF.260 "Red Devils" display team

To see the full Valenciennes report on our Marchetti pages click here: Reds @ Valenciennes

   
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French Air Force Alpha Jet "Patrouille de France" display team
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Laurent Cuvelier) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Laurent Cuvelier)
   

(Serge Van Heertum)

(Luc Dujardin)  
   

(Serge Van Heertum)

(Luc Dujardin)  
   
(Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Luc Dujardin)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Luc Dujardin)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Laurent Cuvelier)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Luc Dujardin)
   
(Luc Dujardin) (Laurent Cuvelier)
   
(Luc Dujardin) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Laurent Cuvelier)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
To close the day a visit to the remembrance monument dedicated to the French deceased for the patry (Luc Dujardin) Also to remember that this French Ace was from Valenciennes country
(Serge Van Heertum)

 

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