Text: Serge Van Heertum & Danielle Lowagie - Translation: David Niemegeerts   © sbap 2017
Pictures: Alain Debras, Serge van Oosterzee & Jef Pets 

The traditional meeting between the SBAP colleagues, with the mandatory toast to friendship as pinnacle, was held on January 21st. It is only normal to gather the troops to thank them for the accomplished work in 2016, allowing the constant progress of your preferred website. The year 2016 was once again a busy one, and no less than 52 articles have been published in the different categories, Events, Archivalia and Museum, thanks to the work of each member.
Every year we try to find a different place to organize this meeting, and this time the BAPA association warmheartedly opened their doors to us. Situated at Sauvenière in Gembloux, this association of volunteers works on the restoration of the aeronautical heritage, including amongst others, a unit of the mythical North American B-25J " Mitchell", and other less known, but equally interesting historical machines. Speaking of which, some months ago we have done an article which we warmly invite our readers to rediscover, and could possibly kindle a new calling, and why not, join this kind team!

http://www.sbap.be/events/2014/004bapa2014/004bapa2014.htm

At this annual meeting, based on friendship and the shared passion for aviation that unites us, we always try to have one or more guests. This year, some team member of the "Red Devils", our ambassadors of the Belgian Air Force had responded to the invitation. We were also expecting a representative of SN Brussels Airlines, who unfortunately could not join us because of an extended mission in Dakar, Senegal. Considering the temperatures in January, we should have made the trip down there ourselves ;-)
The afternoon was very convivial, plenty of interesting discussions, with all the necessary attention to the speech of the "Boss", and finally, a visit to the workshops and the work done by the members of the Belgian Aviation Preservation Association.
It is now time to think about the 2017 season, and we are confident that we will once again be able to offer our readers interesting and surprising reports.

Through these few words and pictures, we would like to thank all the collaborators who over the years have made SBAP a known and renowned site, our guests who bear the name of the devil, but in fact have the heart of an angel, and especially the BAPA volunteers, Vincent Jacobs the "boss" of the association and Yves Duwelz, our intermediary for the more than warm welcome to their facilities.
This page is also an opportunity to thank our loyal readers from all over the world, who visit our SBAP pages. We can only be proud that the site has developed an international character over the years.
Serge & Danielle

 
Welcome in the BAPA den
(© Alain Debras)
Arrival in the meeting room
(© Alain Debras)
 "Tweety" and "GeeBee" 
(© Alain Debras)
"Jean", "Papa Switch" and "Mama Switch"
(© Serge van Oosterzee)
 "SO6", "Boucac", "Viny" and "Fulcrum"
(
© Serge van Oosterzee)
"Pierre", "Wendy" and "Pikouzz" 
(© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Looking to a coming book made by GeeBee
(© Serge van Oosterzee)
Great conversation with "Fifi"
(© Serge van Oosterzee)
 "Boucac", "Viny" and "Wall-E" (© Alain Debras) - The SBAP beer was present to the party! - "Mama Switch" and "Papa Switch"   (© Serge van Oosterzee)
 Talking toegether, the goal of the SBAP meeting
(© Alain Debras)
"Lapinou", "GeeBee" and "Wall-E"
(© Alain Debras)
 Marc from the BAPA also looking with interest the coming book
(© Alain Debras)
"Fulcrum" and "Paolo"
(© Alain Debras)
The "boss" speaking...
(
© Serge van Oosterzee)
Some souvenir of the day
(© Alain Debras)
 "Wall-E" and the "Wallenettes"
(© Alain Debras)
"Booly"
(© Alain Debras)
 "Pierre" and "Fulcum"
(© Alain Debras)
"Paul" and "Anny"
(© Alain Debras)
 Many thanks to the Red Devils for the present
(© Alain Debras)
"Paul" and Jean" speking over airshow demo...
(© Alain Debras)
 
 "Jef" and "Tweety"
(© Alain Debras)
"Paolo" the leader and "Fifi" the PR of the "Reds"
(© Alain Debras)
 Slingsby Grasshopper
(© Alain Debras)
Flying Flea HM 293 Adam version
(© Alain Debras)
 The "Mitchell" nose section
(© Alain Debras)
The landing gear
(© Alain Debras)
 One of the workshop
(© Alain Debras)
BD5-J microjet fuselage
(© Alain Debras)
 Aviasud Albatros AE209
(© Jef Pets)
"Flying Fleas" HM-14 and HM-290
(© Jef Pets)
 "Lapinou" giving informations about the BAPA
(© Jef Pets)
A look into the workshops
(© Jef Pets)
 "Jean" and "Paul" looking to the Wright "Cyclone" engine
For the SF.260 of the Reds or for "Marcoli" ULM...

(© Alain Debras)
An interesting visit for all the team...
(© Alain Debras)
 Time to warm and have another drink
(© Jef Pets)
Our Belgian Air Force diplay...from the past and the present
(© Alain Debras)
Thanks to all the team to be there...To the BAPA for the warm welcome
Lights are on for the 2017 season...Go Go Go...
(© Jef Pets)

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