Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Anthony Graulus  - Translation: Marc Arys     © sbap 2018
 

A tradition within the Air Force is the presentation of the demonstration teams, which will be our ambassadors, all along the airshow season in Belgium and abroad.
As usual, this presentation took place at the end of April, but this time in two phases.
The first on April 23rd, with the roll-out of the newly decorated F-16AM display aircraft, as "Gizmo", after three years, passed the job on to "Vador".
New pilot goes along with new decoration and at the Florennes airbase, before the invited specialized press and Facebook followers, FA-101 showed up in his new livery. A very nice decoration on this very sunny day of April, 23rd.
The press conference for the national media and specialized aeronautical press was held on April 30th,again at Florennes airbase. But this time the meteorological gods decided otherwise as nothing was allowed to fly and even the "Red Devils" could not leave Beauvechain with their flashy red Siai-Marchetti.
The presentation came only down to the press conference emphasizing on the names of every team member, but most of all explaining the various advantages to have demonstration teams, the ambassadors of the Belgian wings.
These teams allow to show off the image of the Air Force and as such to create attractivity to this component. It also allows the recruitment, throughout the country, and to awaken various vocations. In fine, the demonstrations and the presence of the Air Force at various events, give, in an even way, the possibility to show the support of the Air Force to the population.
After the press conference, led by Colonel Jo Heylens, the press was invited to the apron, where the "Dark Falcon" awaited the guests in the drabness, an unrelenting wind and drizzle. The two Agusta A109BA from Beauvechain departed to their base and FA-101 returned to his shelter.
Perhaps it would have been better to cancel this day and pick another date as to allow some more images speaking for themselves on what the teams have to offer for the 2018 season. During the discussions, the frustration of the national media was highly noticeable, which resulted in the fact that nothing or almost nothing was seen at the televisual level.
The presentation was concluded with a friendship toast, the pleasure to talk to our 2018 ambassadors, but the bitter taste we have to present the teams to our readers, without the picture to really enlighten them. 2019 will be another year and hopefully the weather gods will be prosperous enough then.
Through these few lines, SBAP wishes to thank the authorities of Florennes airbase and the team of CompOpsAir IPR for their kind invitations and support during these two events.

 
(Anthony Graulus©)
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(Serge Van Heertum©)
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"Red Devils" Aerobatic Team
 
  (Serge Van Heertum©)
2018 team: 
Devil 1:  Lt Col Avi Jean Van Hecke - Devil 2: Cdt Avi Yves Meelbergs - Devil 3: Cdt Avi Albert "Al" Baltus - Devil 4: Cdt Avi Alain "Papy" Collard
Devil 5: Cdt Avi Christophe "Tcholle" Deroubaix (Reserve) - Devil 6: Cdt Avi Paul "Paolo" Leys (Reserve)
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Agusta A109BA Solo Display
 
  Cpt Avi Stijn Soenens - Cpt Avi Jo Jacobs
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Lockheed-Martin F-16AM Solo Display
 
  Cdt Avi Stefan Darte "Vador"
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The spirit of the Force puts the team in levitation... (Anthony Graulus©)
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The Belgian Air Force main events participation in Belgium for 2018
 
Antwerpen - Deurne Fly In
(12 May - 13 May)

Aviation Days Cerfontaine - Florennes
(23 June - 24 June)

Belgian Open Aerobatics Championship Koksijde
(30 June - 01 July)

UrselAvia
(30 June - 01 July)

North Sea Air Festival Knokke
(21 July)

Schaffen - Diest Old Timer Fly In
(11 August - 12 August)

Belgian Air Force Days Kleine Brogel
(08 September - 09 September)
 

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