Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Jacques Vincent - Translation: Marc Arys  © sbap 2016
 

National holidays are always festive days for the population, but also a military parade in Paris, the city of lights and Brussels, capital city of Europe.
Each year July is dedicated to this holidays, knowing that our good old Belgian nation celebrates just seven days after our French neighbours and those parades, showing the Military and Civilian assets, are always interesting being a showcase on the materials, personal and know-how of the Forces of these two nations. It is of course evident that the aeronautical part of these events captures our attention a little bit more.
You will find a photographic overview of these two National Holidays. Indeed, on July 14, our collaborator Jacques Vincent went to the BA 105 at Evreux where the fighters, the Alpha jet and some transport aircraft were gathered. Let us not forget that the base at Evreux is located in Normandy and is the home base of the 64ème Escadre de Transport (Transport Squadron).
The fighters took off from this base to be part of the flypast overhead the Champs Elysée. It was easier to organise and time the flypast to have all the fighters take off from one base rather than have them to fly in from all over the country.
A week later o the Belgian side we visited the airbase at Beauvechain, home of the 1 Wing, with its Siai Marchettis from the 5th and 9th Squadron, the Agusta A109BA integrated in the 17th Squadron and the new NH-90 TTH flying in the colours of the 18th Squadron. Beauvechain was also for a moment the home base again for the Alpha Jets, who's mission was to smoke the Brussels skies with black, yellow and red.
It was like taking a step back in time to see those Alpha Jets aligned on the apron of this Brabantine base, they left a little over ten years ago to rejoin the milder skies of Cazaux, in south-western France.
This day was dedicated to the departures towards Brussels and some fly-by's overhead after the flypast, Beauvechain being one of the clearing axis after the Place des Palais (Palace Square).
Afterwards the day was concluded by flights of the Agusta, a display of our Red Devils and an the awaited and greatly appreciated BBQ.
So here you have a mix of these two days, Evreux sometimes under a grey sky and some rain showers and Beauvechain under a summery sun where at times a little shadow and a fresh drink were more than welcome.

 
BA 105 Evreux
© Jacques Vincent
1st Wing Beauvechain
© Serge Van Heertum
 Dassault Mirage 2000N from EC.02.004 Istres-Le Tubé Agusta A109 and his new brother of arm the NH-90 TTH
Dassault Mirage 2000N from the Ramex Delta team "La Fayette" Alpha Jet AT29 stil with a part of his 2014 scheme
Dassault Mirage 2000D from EC 01.003 Nancy-Ochey Siai-Marchetti SF.260M the good old "Mike"
 The  Dassault Mirage 2000C & D from Orange-Caritat The Alpha Jet from ETO.02.008 (11 Sqn) based at Cazaux
Dassault Mirage 5000-5 from EC.01.002 Luxeuil  Close up on the oxygen compartiment
Face to... ...face!
Dassault Mirage 2000B from EC.02.005 Orange-Caritat  The RN07 waiting for afternoon action
Dassault Mirage 2000D from the SPA 153 and his stars Agusta A109BA line ready for the departure to Brussels
Clear war missions markings Canopy Story
Mirage in female hands... Nice to see you in Belgium again dear little "Gadget"
A Lockheed C-130H-30 without any Squadron markings Turn around, check to the fuel gauges
Dassault Rafale D from EC.01.004 Saint-Dizier Former 350 Sqn pilot, now instructor on AJets
Preparing for the fly by over Paris A109BA on taxi
 Dassault rafale B from EC.01.004 Gascogne AT24 on taxi for Brussels Mission
Dassault Rafale from EC.02.030 Normandie-Niemen A "Mike" on taxi for the holding point
Mirage 2000N N°353 the one designed by our collaborator Régis "Rage" Rocca AWACS in the sun over EBBE
Mirage 2000N from EC.02.004 (SPA 167) National smokes
 Dassault Mirage 2000B from "Ile de France" on Taxi Agile Penguins in the sunlight
A Mirage 2000B with some special tail markings Close formation
A Cazaux based French Alpha Jet E from ETO.02.008 Back to the parking after the "National Day" mission
Hey...A belgian one Still beautifull aircraft...but end of life planned for 2018...Really sad
Mirage 2000B at take off in the rain Rotary wings on approach
Another Alpha Jet E from Cazaux NH-90 TTH...Hello guys...Good show
"Ile de France" Mirage on taxi The "Red Devils" to conclude the day
Nice flight to Paris guys ;-) Red Box Formation in EBBE skies
A 2000N from the CEFN Squadron H46 at landing...Both National Days are over

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