General ER Jozef De Heyn (1945-2014)
Demise of one of the first Belgian F-16 pilots
Retired General Jozef De Heyn, one
of the first Belgian pilots to have flown the F-16 fighter and former base
commander of Kleine Brogel
airbase, passed away beginning of July.
In July 1978, Major Avi De Heyn was one of the two Belgian pilots to fly the F-16, chosen some three years earlier to re-equip the Belgian Air Force and which led to the "sale of the century". He was sent to Edwards airbase, California, to be trained on this new fighter aircraft and took part in the training of the first Belgian pilots as the first Commanding Officer (CO) of the Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) at Beauvechain airbase.
He was also the first Belgian F-16 demo-pilot within the European airshow scene and had the honour to present the F-16 to king Baudouin.
Jozef De Heyn ended his career as
the Belgian defence attaché in the United States of America with the rank of
|Presentation of the new F-16A to King Baudouin by Jozef De Heyn (Coll SBAP)|
General ER Pieter "Piet" De Groof (1931-2014)
Pieter De Groof, alias Walter Korum, was born at Mechelen
on May 16th, 1931.
|"Piet" De Groof during first solo flight Mirage V (Coll SBAP)|
The SBAP team offers their sincere condolences to
both families, friends and acquaintances.
Fligh high and safe last landing to both of you…
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