Text: Serge van Oosterzee - Pictures: Serge van Oosterzee, Jacques Vincent & Pierre Taquet  © sbap 2015

5th Sanicole sunset airshow - 18/09/2015

The show took place on September 18th in the evening from 18:00 till around 20:30. The wheater was very cloudy with some rain at the end of the show.

This was a very exciting show with a lot of pyrotechnical effects. 

We have seen the following demos:

 

Pioneer Team - 4x Alpi Aviation Pionner 330 ACRO : lots of flares during the show with a short firework at landing. One firework started a little fire near the pist requiring an intervention from the fire brigade...

Johan Gustafsson – SZD-59 "ACRO" with leds lightning along the fuselage. No noise just the majestic flight in the night…

O' Brien's Flying Circus - Piper J3C=65. After takeoff, the planes experiment some troubles with the flares effects due to the rain. He landed without having given his show. But
it came back on Sunday

Apache Solo Display – Apache AH-64D. One of the most flares effect demo. A very acrobatic demo with looping for this powerful helicopter.

F/A-18 Hornet Solo Display – Very nice show with the sun rising down giving some nice colors on the aircraft.

Melissa Pemberton – Zivko EDGE 540. A very spectacular demo at high speed with a very symphatic woman.

The Lockheed Superconstellation demo was canceled due to a technical issue. The aircraft was back on duty for training on Saturday and the Sunday airshow with the Swiss Aerobatic Team.

Two spectacular demo team from the Patrouille de France (8x Alphajet) and the Red Arrows (9xBAE Systems Hawk T1).

We also had the opportunity to have 2 fly passes of the Belgian Demo F16 escorted by the leader of each aerobatic team present for this airshow (leaders of Patrouille de France, Red Arrows, Patrouille Suisse and Frecce Tricolori)

Leaders at dusk... Pictures: Serge van Oosterzee
"Pionner team"  O' Brien's Flying Circus - Piper J3C-65
Starduster 300
"Patrouille de France"


Melissa Pemberton in action...
Swiss air power F/A-18 "Hornet"
The "Red Arrows" Royal Air Force ambassadors
Wonderful leaders formation
Belgian F-16AM in the night
"Pionner Team" 
Flares effect "Apache"
Rain in the lights
SZD-59 "ACRO" leds lightning final

Spotter days Kleine Brogel on September 19th

Bad weather to start this event, we had to wait 14:00 local time to have better conditions and some opening to the blue.
Most of the program was canceled due to the fog and the rain.

The Air Force made some show to let see the new Panther fire truck powered by a Volvo motor. Real spectacular engine

During the very calm period waiting for a better conditions, we had the opportunity to assist to some flying demonstrations of the brand  new NH-90 (in Tactical and also Naval versions), Agusta A109, the departure of the "Patrouille de France" for Lens aishow and the "Red Arrows"planned in Duxford for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. 
This event gave the opportunity to watch the flight preparations of the NH 90 helicopters and we could admire the involvment of the crew showing their hight professional level, taking care of each detail. No place for improvisation here…

Some passes with short landing and take off of the good old Lockheed C-130H "Hercules"
With the foggy weather, the vortex effect could be seen on the helicopters rotors or behind the "Hercules" propellers. Always nice  to see and capture on the pictures
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The sun apparition in the afternoon gave the possibility to have little bit more activities on the base.

My favorite moment was the mass takeoff of the Belgian Air Force F-16's from 31 squadron. One by one,  each Fighting Falcon took off  with full power before making a sharp right turn…Very impressive with the noise as bonus…the F-16 remain a fantastic jet aircraft

During this day, most of the missions where planned to train at Sanicole in prevision of the Sunday airshow, so no real demo performed at KB, just few fly passes for the pictures
This was the case for the Super Constellation, the Swiss aerobatic team or the Polish SU22,…
Pictures: Serge van Oosterzee & Jacques Vincent
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(Serge van Oosterzee) Heavy morning fog... (Serge van Oosterzee)
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Water is in the air...beautiful Vortex effect (Serge van Oosterzee) (Serge van Oosterzee)

"Red Arrows" preparing to go back to UK for 
the 75th anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Britain
(See our special report @ Duxford)
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Hello "Reggio"!  (Serge van Oosterzee) (Serge van Oosterzee)
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(Serge van Oosterzee) Some Belgian Air Force power take off (Serge van Oosterzee)
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38th International Sanicole Airshow on September 20th

A very nice sunny day for this airshow, public present in mass. 
During the show a little ceremony was held in memory of a volunteer fireman who recently deceased (he was volunteer for many years at Sanicole airshow and the organizers wanted to commemorate this guy, this friend a last time).
A column of fire trucks made a parade along the field and a box of F-16's made the "missing man" pass above, the field in memory of this man. Simply great!

The opening of the Swiss Air Force team was done in formation with the Super constellation and after few passes, the Swiss team performed his demonstration with some beautiful flares effects.
Two demonstrations have to be underlined: the French Air Force Rafale with high speed and amazing maneuverability of the plane. A great "Tao" at the command! 
The second one was the F/A-18 from 11 Staffel ending his show with a very high speed pass at limit of the sound barrier.
This airshow gave also the opportunity to assist probably for the last time to a combined demonstration of the NH90 NFH and the Westland Seaking Mk 48.
A funny moment was the "Breton Shuttle" composed with the electric plane "Cri-Cri" launched from the main plane
MH-1521 Broussard
It was like a child following his mother…

We could also appreciate the super performances of Melissa Pemberton and his husband when she makes some acrobatics around him during a free fall with a flying skin.

The show ended with a demonstration of the Italian "Frecce Tricolori" and their heavy smoke coulours.
SBAP team would like to thanks the organization for the show, the hospitality and the facilities during our rest at Sanicole airfield.
Rendez-vous next year for the 39th edition!

Participating aircraft and teams

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – C-47 Dakota

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX

CAC Boomerang

B25J Mitchell

Cessna O-2 Skymaster

Su-22M-4 'Fitter-K' – 2x Sukhoi SU-22

Rafale Solo Display

BAF F-16 Solo Display

BAF Seaking SAR Mk.48

BAF NH90 NFH

BAF NH90 TTH

BAF Agusta A109 Demo

BAF Red Devils

Team Raven – 1x RV-4 & 4x RV-8
Pionner Team - 4x Pionner 330 aircraft

Frecce Tricolori – 10x Aermacchi MB-339A/PAN

Patrouille Suisse – 6x Northrop F-5E Tiger IIApache Solo Display

F/A-18 Hornet Solo Display

EDGE 540 – Melissa Pemberton – Zivko EDGE 540

Lockheed L-1049 Superconstellation

Consolidated PBY-5A 'Catalina'

Bronco Demo Team – Rockwell OV-10 Bronco

MH-1521 Broussard + MC15-E Cri-Cri Electrical

Sukhoi Su-26 Breitling

T-28 Trojan

BAF F-16 Tiger Formation

DA-20 Jet Falcon

Trescal Demo – Stolp Starduster Too SA300

The Victors Formation team – Piper PA-28 Cherokee
O' Brien's Flying Circus - Piper J3C-65

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Pitts S-2A  (Serge van Oosterzee) Belgian Air Force QRA on Sanicole airfield (Serge van Oosterzee)
Cessna O-2 Skymaster, back to Vietnam... (Serge van Oosterzee) (Serge van Oosterzee)
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NH-90 TTH operational demo  (Serge van Oosterzee) (Serge van Oosterzee)
(Serge van Oosterzee) Sukhoi Su-26 (Serge van Oosterzee)
The "Pionner team" from Italy  (Serge van Oosterzee) (Serge van Oosterzee)
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AMD DA-20 "Falcon" from Norway  (Serge van Oosterzee) (Serge van Oosterzee)
(Serge van Oosterzee) Trescal Starduster 300  (Serge van Oosterzee)
F-16AM from Monté Real Portugal  (Serge van Oosterzee) (Serge van Oosterzee)
(Serge van Oosterzee) The "Victors" from Ursel airfield  (Serge van Oosterzee)
The "Breton Shuttle"  (Serge van Oosterzee) (Serge van Oosterzee)
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(Pierre Taquet) BBMF Douglas C-47A "Dakota"  (Serge van Oosterzee)
CAC 13 "Boomerang"  (Serge van Oosterzee) (Serge van Oosterzee)
(Pierre Taquet) Westland Seaking Mk 48 SAR demo  (Pierre Taquet)
O' Brien's Flying Circus - Piper J3C-65 Flying fireworks...
NH-90 NFH SAR demo  (Serge van Oosterzee) (Serge van Oosterzee)
40 Squadron duo  (Serge van Oosterzee)
Red 1: "Paolo"  (Serge van Oosterzee) Red 2: "Daffy"  (Pierre Taquet)
Red 3: "Reggio"  (Serge van Oosterzee) "Red", the godfather of the team in company of General C. Van de Voorde
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A beautiful formation from Switzerland (Serge van Oosterzee) (Serge van Oosterzee)
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"Patrouille Suisse"  (Pierre Taquet) (Serge van Oosterzee)
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An airliner beauty...the Constellation  (Pierre Taquet)
Swiss F/A-18  (Serge van Oosterzee) (Serge van Oosterzee)
(Serge van Oosterzee) Sukhoi Su-22 from Poland  (Serge van Oosterzee)
Dutch "Catalina"  (Serge van Oosterzee) (Serge van Oosterzee)
(Serge van Oosterzee) Agusta A109 display (Pierre Taquet)
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Spitfire Mk IX and B-25J "Mitchell" (Serge van Oosterzee)
31 squadron on duty  (Serge van Oosterzee) (Serge van Oosterzee)
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Firemen tribute  (Serge van Oosterzee)
(Serge van Oosterzee) The missing man... (Pierre Taquet)
"Tao" Rafale solo display  (Serge van Oosterzee) (Serge van Oosterzee)
"Team Raven"  (Pierre Taquet)
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(Serge van Oosterzee) T-28B "Trojan"  (Pierre Taquet)



Melissa and Rex Pemberton in action...the total confidence  (Serge van Oosterzee & Pierre Taquet)
KLU "Apache" solo display  (Serge van Oosterzee) (Pierre Taquet)
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(Pierre Taquet) "Gizmo" in action as F-16AM solo display  (Serge van Oosterzee)
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The great "Frecce Tricolori" final of the 2015 edition...to be continued  (Serge van Oosterzee & Pierre Taquet)

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