Text: Serge van Oosterzee - Pictures: Serge van Oosterzee & Pierre Taquet - Translation: Marc Arys  © sbap 2016

The Sunset show was spectacular as the light of the sun was perfect putting nice colors on the planes. The major surprise to start the Sunset show were some fly-by's a B1 Lancer from the US Air Force. This plane left of course a big impression of power.
Following the B1, the show started with the well-known Trescal Starduster. One of the most spectacular aerobatic shows without any slack between the figures, flown by British champion Mark Jefferies on his Extra 330 SC. Through some figure the forces were around 10 G's, simply incredible.
A nice introduction was done by the Swiss Air Force Super Puma flying in formation with the PC-7 Team. The crew demonstrated the impressive capacity and maneuverability of this heavy helicopter. This helicopter demonstration was of course followed by the PC-7 Team. As usual this demonstration was perfectly synchronized and the Swiss speaker confirmed this in terms of "Swiss precision". The major figure called the tunnel was done in front of the public showing some superb light effects. A premiere for myself, but a well appreciated team in the airshow circuit was the Breitling Wing walkers aerobatic demo team with 2 charming girls performing some terrific figures on top of the wings of the Boeing Stearman planes. After the landing, we could see the joy and a big smile while the public acclaimed them. Still in the competition for the replacement of the BAF F-16AM fleet, the SAAB JAS-39C Grippen performed the high maneuverability of this fighter. High speed pass, high speed climb and much more. Following this jet, we had a WW2 formation with a P-38L Lightning and a Vought F4U-4 Corsair from the Austrian Red Bull Team. The sun lit extraordinary lightings on these legendary aircraft, especially on the Lightning in full metal livery.
To celebrate 70 years of the Belgian Air Force, the traditional F16 and Spitfire Mk.IX formation performed some low passes. This was the intro to the BAF F-16AM display flown by "Gizmo" for his second year. This remains currently one of the most powerful demonstrations. As said by the Canadian speaker Ric Peterson, flare launches are a privilege on this side of the Atlantic as in the US and Canada, this is not allowed. After the power demo of the Belgian F-16, it was time to start the "night show" itself with a lot of pyrotechnical effects. Special clearance was given by the authorities to allow such aerial effects. Magnificent demonstration of the Swift S-1 glider from the Sky dance Airshow Team. It was like an "air ballet" served with some good music on the field. This ballet was followed by the O'Brien flying Circus Otto helicopter (Schweizer 300C). Sometimes it was difficult to see where the helicopter was as the fire work illuminated the sky around it, but it remained an impressive night demonstration. Otto was followed by a very nice duo, the AeroSparX flying team equipped with Grob 109 Motor Gliders. But the show was perfectly synchronized. Amazing… To conclude this Friday night show, a last demonstration of a Marganski MDM-1 Fox from the Swift Aerobatic Display Team. Once again beautiful lights effects in the dark sky of Sanicole airfield. After this wonderful Sunset show, it was time to left the airfield but with the goal to be back on Sunday for the main airshow… Stay tuned.

The Sunday show this year was more dedicated to smaller airplanes and solo displays. As the weather was not so nice during the first part of the show, some demonstration where limited due to the low cloud base.
Following one of the last live demonstration of the Belgian Air Force Seaking Mk48 before its retirement, happening soon, the helicopter landed on the field being put in "stand by" should a Scramble"' occur during the day. 

It flew in directly from Koksijde air force base and most of military aircraft stayed overnight at the military base of Kleine Brogel for safety reasons linked to the terrorism crisis.
During the show, the public had the unique opportunity to see a rare formation of historical SAAB airplanes (SK 35C Draken, AJS 37 Viggen, J-29 Tunnan and SK 60 105) coming from Sweden where aircraft preservation in flying conditions is a fact.

The Spanish Air Force sended a modernized F-18 with a wonderful Tiger tail from the last Tiger Meet held at its home base Albacete. Nice Vortex effects were visible during some high G turns.
One surprise was the formation flight of the Red Devils escorted by the "Victors". After a common break the "Victors" started their program while the Red Devils landed. They parked in front of the public to allow the visitors to share the operational ambiance of a preflight check done by the technicians. One of the unusual activities on the ground was a short maintenance intervention of the Red Devils before their flight. The crew ceremonial while starting the show was also impressive. We could witness the pilot and mechanics complicity and the way they switch to typical military organization when show is on. During the Red Devils demonstration, the Fouga Magister MT5 with the Red Devils paint scheme made some formation passes, simply wonderful.
A traditional demonstration at Sanicole is provided by the 31 "Tiger" Squadron, from Kleine Brogel. It is of course very nice to see a four ship formation in full action with some flares effects, and moreover leaded by the famous "Skull and Bones" from the last Tiger Meet edition.
One of the international aerobatic teams present this year were the Royal Jordanian Falcons flying the Extra 300L.
The program was concluded by the same participant of the Sunset show giving us again a wonderful day at Sanicole airfield.
In short, it was a successful edition with a high public participation and were the possibility was given to meet some of the pilots for their signature, to visit a lot of booths with the needed merchandising well appreciated by the public.
Now it is time to have a look at the pictures and also write down the 2017 in your agenda's wich will be held on 8 and 10 September. The show will surely be exceptional as usual and the next edition will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sanicole air show. Another important info: in 2018 the organization is expected to be combined with the Belgian Air Force Days as it was in 2014.
The SBAP team would like to thank the Sanicole organization and the media team, especially Joeri Mombers, for the warm welcome during our stay and the facilities granted to realize this report.

 
Sunset Airshow
 
Rockwell B-1B Lancer from 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess AFB, Texas  (© Pierre Taquet)
(© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Trescal Starduster  (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) Mark Jefferies and his Extra 330 SC  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Moonlight aerobatics (© Pierre Taquet) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Swiss Air Force Super Puma display  (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Pierre Taquet) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) The "PC-7 team" from Helvetia  (© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 The tunnel... (© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Breitling Wingwalkers (© Pierre Taquet) (© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Pierre Taquet) Charm and acrobatics together (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Czech Air Force Saab JAS-39C "Grippen" (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) The 211 Lt is based at Cáslav  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Lockheed P-38L "Lightning" & Chance Vought F4U-4 "Corsair"
(© Serge van Oosterzee)
Red Bull team from Austria
(© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Pierre Taquet) (© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Pierre Taquet)
 KLU Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXe (MK732) and Belgian Air Force F-16AM solo display  (© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Pierre Taquet) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Pierre Taquet) (© Pierre Taquet)
(© Serge van Oosterzee)  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Piper "Pawnee" & Marganski Swift S-1 aerobatic glider  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) O'Brien's Flying Circus and the Schweizer 300C (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Aerosparx twilight team Grob G-109B (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Pierre Taquet) (© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Marganski MDM-1 Fox from Swift Aerobatic Display Team  (© Pierre Taquet)
 
 
Sunday Airshow
 
 (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Belgian Air Force Seaking Mk.48  (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) Magni Gyrocopter  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Pitts S-2C aerobatics  (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 "Blackshape air combat team"  (© Serge van Oosterzee) Blackshape Prime light aircraft  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Pierre Taquet)
 Bücker Bü-133 Jungmeister  (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Pierre Taquet)
 "The Victors" team from Ursel airfield  (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) The "Victors" and the "Red Devils"  (© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) A real dynamic demonstration with the Piper PA-28  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Pierre Taquet)
 Saab J-29 "Tunnan"...   (© Serge van Oosterzee) ...also called "Flying Barrel"  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Pierre Taquet) Trescal Starduster  (© Pierre Taquet)
 Rockwell OV-10B "Bronco"  (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)

 (© Serge van Oosterzee) Marganski MDM-1 Fox from Swift Aerobatic Display Team
(© Serge van Oosterzee)
 O'Brien's Flying Circus and the Schweizer 300C  (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) Aerosparx team Grob G-109B  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Pierre Taquet)
 KLU Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXe (MK732)  (© Pierre Taquet) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 The P3 Flyers team from Switzerland  (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Pierre Taquet) (© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Pierre Taquet) (© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) Belgian Air Force C-130H "Hercules"  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Saak Sk-35C "Draken"  (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) Mark Jefferies UK aerobatic champion  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 "Silver Tigers" team from 31 Squadron Kleine Brogel  (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Pierre Taquet)
 " Skull and Bones" in action  (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) The "Royal Jordanian Falcons" team  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 The Spanish Air Force F/A-18 Hornet Solo Display   (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Pierre Taquet) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Red Bull team  (© Serge van Oosterzee) "Corsair" and "Lightning" in Sanicole skies  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Pierre Taquet) (© Pierre Taquet)
 The Swedish Air Force Historic Flight in action:
Saab Sk-105 - Saab J-29 "Tunnan"
Saab Sk-35C "Draken" - Saab AJS 37 "Viggen"
 
(© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Simply fantastic to see those aircraft together 

(© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Czech Air Force Saab JAS-39C "Grippen"  (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) Breitling Wingwalkers  (© Pierre Taquet)
 Belgian Air Force F-16AM solo display   (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) "Gizmo" in action...  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Swiss Air Force Super Puma solo display  (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Pierre Taquet)
 The Swiss Air Force "PC-7 Team"  (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Pierre Taquet) The final of Sanicole Airshow 2016  (© Pierre Taquet)
 
 
Special "Red Devils" @ Sanicole
 
 (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Arrival on Sunday  (© Pierre Taquet) (© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Pierre Taquet) (© Pierre Taquet)
 "Paolo" the leader  (© Serge van Oosterzee) "Jean" the number 2  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 "Daffy" the number 3  (© Serge van Oosterzee) "Papy" as number 4 and solo of the team  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Hot debriefing (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) The technical team on duty after each flight  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 And go for the show  (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) Taxi  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Bye chaps, have a good flight  (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) Take off  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
Super formation with the Fouga Magister   (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Pierre Taquet)
 The MT5 in action...  (© Serge van Oosterzee) ...a real former Red Devils aircraft  (© Pierre Taquet)
 Back in the 1970's  (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) The actual "Red Devils" in full action  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Landing, show is over  (© Pierre Taquet) (© Pierre Taquet)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee) Back to the parking, time to meet the public  (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 (© Serge van Oosterzee)

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