In the early eighties,
pilot conversion and training was setup in the Wings where the aircraft were
introduced. After having converted the 1st and 10th Wings, the General Staff
concluded that a centralized training syllabus would be far more efficient
and in 1987 the Operational Conversion Unit was officially activated at
The mission of the squadron is to train young graduates coming from basic
flight training (Alpha Jet) and also the confirmed F-16 pilots in air
defense tactics. Other training was still carried out in the squadrons (for
example air-to-ground tactics). After the temporary installation of the
Conversion Improvement Program (CIP) in 1993, the complete training of all
F-16 pilots was carried out by the OCU.
In 1996, after a large reorganization, the OCU was relocated to the 10th
Wing of Kleine Brogel air base. At that time a standardized conversion
syllabus was installed which consists of academic courses, around 40
Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) hours and around 100 advanced flights.
Besides that the squadron also provides re-conversion training for F-16
pilots and Staff personnel as well as the theater conversion of F-16 pilots
who return from courses in the US.
Itís a tradition now in the Belgian air force, each fifth anniversary of a
squadron, a special paint scheme, mostly a special tail is created to
underline the event in the life of the squadron. This year after the 1st
and the 349th squadron it was the turn of the Kleine Brogel OCU.
As tradition the decoration is based on the white and blue checks, basic
tuxedo of the squadron with, in addition, a falcon wearing an arrow like the
squadron logo (originating from the Koksijde fighter school). SBAP is
pleased to propose a pictorial overview of the official photo flight
of the FB24
performed by Adj Bart Roselle of Comopsair IPR and would like to tanks him
to share his performance with our readers.