2016 airshow season is already well on its way and moreover, the
Belgian Air Force Days are being prepared with zeal and enthusiasm
in Florennes as well as at the staff building in Brussels.
To perfect airshows, demonstration teams are an important asset and
ion this perspective the teams of the Belgian Air Component took the
wintertime to prepare their new season. After having put together
the new programs, having tested them and trained during hours to
fine tune them as well, they are now finally ready…
The purpose of the general staff was to inform the press of this
achievement and the public relation service of the Air Component
organized a press conference on May 26 at Beauvechain airbase.
Colonel Wim Lecoutere explained the necessity to have such
ambassadors to show the presence and the know-how of the Air
Component, her pilots and the necessary staff to conduct these tasks.
And to also be present abroad on an exchange base to gather foreign
teams at events organized in Belgium. But first of all, these
ambassadors are there to motivate younger generations to apply for a
career within the Air Component, be it as a pilot, a dream for lots
of youngsters, or simply as ground personnel, because, let us not
forget, that it takes more than one person to have an aircraft up
and going - about seventy specialists of all kind.
After the conference the opportunity was given to see them in action
and have a chat with these modern knights of the sky and they
fulfill this mission perfectly. We can vouch for that!
The three teams for the 2016 season are the Agusta solo display,
with "Kevin" and "Stijn" replacing
The second team present was our loved "Red Devils" team.
Not chasing a ball, but flying again four aircraft after a turbulent
2015 season. Our "Devils" are made up of "Paolo",
leader or number 1, a newcomer "Jean" as the left wingman
or number 2, "Daffy" right wingman or number 3 and at last
the number 4, being also a brilliant solo demo pilot, I named "Pappy".
The third team is the F-16AM solo display with "Gizmo" at
the controls for his second year and flying his aircraft with power
But as always, pictures say more than words… Thence welcome them
everywhere you may walk upon them with enthusiasm and applause! They
really deserve your appreciation…
We wish to thank Colonel Wim Lecoutere for his kind initiative and
the whole staff of ComOpsAir IPR for this friendly invitation to the
press conference dedicated to the demonstration teams of the Belgian
They all await you on June 25 and 26, 2016 for the famous "Belgian
Air Force Days".