Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Christian Debrabanter - Translation: Marc Arys  © sbap 2016
 
  End of the afternoon...
(©Serge Van Heertum)
the planes are prepared for the night NVG mission
(©Serge Van Heertum)
 

The Public Relation team of the Air Force invited the specialised press at Melsbroek airbase on Tuesday January 26th to give us an early overview of the major events of the 2016 season.
Colonel Avi Patrick Mollet, BaseCo of the 15th Wing and his colleague Colonel Lecoutre welcomed the press and highlighted the leading events of the Air Force in 2016.
This season will start with the "Fly To Your Dream" event to attract the interested youth into a military career and more specifically in a career within the Air Component. This event will be held at Beauvechain airbase on April 05, 2016 and will be concluded with a night shoot of all participating aircraft.
Next for the bikers among us. The 19th Indian Day at Melsbroek on May 21st. This rally is a gathering of bikers riding in favor of "MS-patients".
The major event of 2016 will, of course, be the "Belgian Air Force Days" on June 25th and 26th at the Ardens airbase of Florennes. 
This will also be the occasion to officially present a new publication dedicated to the Air Force integrating two chapters, an historical part from 1946 on and a contemporary one emphasizing the various aspects of the Air Force in 2016.
As every year, the Air Force will ensure the material and technical support of the participants of the Sanicole Airshow to be held on September 09th (Dusk Show) and September 11th, 2016.

Having the press at hand was also the occasion to offer a special feature. Thanks to the commitment of Adj Chef Jo Vanden Broeck we had the opportunity to witness the departure of two C-130H on a nocturnal mission with the purpose of training the crews on the NVG (Night Vision Goggles). Training remains undeniably the key to succes and particularly when flying this kind of delicate operations. In short, a nice treat to be able to immortalise "Spooky by night", nickname given to the valorous Hercules by some members of the Air Force. In our report we also present you some nocturnal pictures taken at the 15th Wing during another stay at the base. Indeed, the flight crews but also the technical and handling crews, are working 24/7 ensuring the sustainablility of the missions entrusted to the aerial transport Wing as within all the other units of the Air Force.
Through these images we would like to thank all personnel of the Air Force working day and night for our safety and peacekeeping, which is quite a demanding job these days . We would also like to thank Comopsair IPR and the airbase authorities at Melsbroek for this kind invitation and the photographic opportunities.
Do not hesitate to attend one of this events, enter this fabulous world and become acquainted with, what we members of the specialised press usually and fondly call : the Air Force !

   
Night is coming
(©Serge Van Heertum)
More than 40 years of excellence
(©Serge Van Heertum)
Spooky is watching you...
(©Serge Van Heertum)
CH08 lighted dashboard
(©Serge Van Heertum)
Italian visitor on the tarmac
(©Serge Van Heertum)
Night photography gives the possibility to play with the camera settings
(©Serge Van Heertum)
Arrival of the A321
(©Serge Van Heertum)
(©Serge Van Heertum)
(©Serge Van Heertum) CH08 & CH11 are waiting their crew for the mission
(©Serge Van Heertum)
Duty crew material
(©Serge Van Heertum)
CH11 run up and taxi, it will be the leader of the pair
(©Serge Van Heertum)
Other camera settings to show the difference in the night colours possibilities
(©Serge Van Heertum)
Another night on the tarmac
(©Christian Debrabanter)
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Back from a night mission
(©Christian Debrabanter)
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Refueling...
(©Christian Debrabanter)
...and the refueling truck
(©Christian Debrabanter)
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(©Christian Debrabanter)

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