Text & Pictures: Serge Van Heertum - Translation: Marc Arys
© sbap 2019
 

Since some years, the concept of the paired weekend between Florennes airbase and the airfield of Cerfontaine, has known a great interest and so, it was renewed in 2019. This weekend allowed the visitors to have a look at a part of the military airbase and have a closer look on the various professions which are usually found at a Belgian Air Force base. But let us not conceal the facts; the first goal being the recruitment, as qualified personnel within the Air Force is failing in these fields.
It was also the opportunity to admire the Belgian Air Force ambassadors and this in optimum conditions, due to the weather as well as the nearness and availability of the teams. Which has not been the case at their introduction in April, during a press conference, which we only can relay as miskicked all along.
Let us go back to the flight displays and also to the Fly In, jointly organized by the Royal Belgian Defence Aeroclub (RBDA), gathering some 30 touring aircraft of all kind, ranging from the SV-4b or Piper Cub to the latest modern ULM. In short, a great panel under a summery weather.
The "Red Devils" opened the flying part with an always pleasant display to watch, emphasizing on the 50 years of dedicated service of the good old Siai-Marchetti SF.260. Old, but still with an elegant and sportive appearance.
The "Reds" were followed by the Agusta A109BA display which did not skimp on the flare effects to the greatest joy of the photographers. These flares give a hyper dynamic look in "action" photographs. Our two 2019 team members know their job and never forget the little greeting to the public.
On to the F-16 AM solo-display, actually better known as "Vador" with his "Black Falcon"; as usual a well-orchestrated and powerful display.

But the main theme of this event was, without a doubt, the fly past of some especially decorated aircraft, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the landing in Normandy.
On has to admit, the Belgian Air Force really emphasized on this anniversary by decorating one F-16 AM of 349 Squadron, a second one of the 350 Squadron, but also a C-130H, paying tribute to the Belgian crews from the 525 RAF Squadron having participated in the "Longest Day".
By the way, it is a little sad, having put so much effort in this task to remember all this, but not having put the effort further on through the national and specialized media. To say that the effort put forward by some people are not necessary supported by the others. Wondering why you have a media information and relation department, if such efforts are not put forward through this latter. Sad, really sad !

After this early and highly coloured afternoon, the continuation of the program invited the visitors to move onto the airfield of Cerfontaine, not far from les Lacs de L'eau D'Heure.
Once again a successful edition, and if by chance a new edition could be organized in 2020, I only can recommend you to attend this event and have a nice and homey moment with the airbase personnel, the members of the RBDA or the passionate of the Cerfontaine airfield.

Good show EBFS & EBCF !!

SBAP team would like to thanks the RBDA president Gilbert Mullenders and the members of the club for the kind invitation to the event. It's always a pleasure to meet this dynamic team and photographer minded.

  
The 80 UAV Sqn and the B-Hunter
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The control container of the B-Hunter
(Serge Van Heertum©)
PW F100-PW-220E
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The F-35A taxi simulator ?
(Serge Van Heertum©)
One of the possible Siai Marchetti SF.260 successor ;-)
For aerobatics the aircraft is puffed...
(Serge Van Heertum©)
All is under control
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The emergency stop cable system
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The firemen and their engine
(Serge Van Heertum©)
According to the windsock, the wind is still blowing in the right direction
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Without being careful, nature could well regain its rights
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Winter sportswear, fall camping material and incognito travel
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Piper L-21B Super Cub used as glider towing aircraft
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Grob G-103A Twin II Acro from the Royal Air Cadets
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Piper PA-18C-95 from the Royal Belgian Defence Aeroclub
(Serge Van Heertum©)
A view of the dashboard of the OO-HBQ alias OL-L56
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The weekend was also the occasion of a fly in organised by the RBDA
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The past with the Stampe & Vertongen SV-4b
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And the present with the Impulse 100TD
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A Marcoli in the wild bush?
(Serge Van Heertum©)
CZAW SportCruiser PH-VVV
(Serge Van Heertum©)
And on the former TLP flightline: F-16AM (FA-124) the 349 Sqn "Stripes"...
(Serge Van Heertum©)
...F-16AM (FA-57) the 350 Sqn "Stripes"
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In flight demonstrations
 
 The "Red Devils" aerobatic team
Unfortunately the high temperatures during this weekend caused an unpleasant mist of heat always feared by the photographers
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Preparing the planes
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Always photogenic
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ST-34 "Pappy" flying machine
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Some concentration before the start up
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Step in
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All is clear, ready for taxi
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On the holding point
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Take off
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Box formation looping
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Coming out of the loop
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Playing with the trails
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Swan formation
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Bomb burst
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Wilkinson crossing...Tapered like a razor
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"Pappy" has fun...
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...and some more fun!
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Line astern pass
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Close and perfect!
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And here "Pappy" again
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Front crossing
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Pac Man on the Red Devils wave
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Final split
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"Jean" the leader
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"Meel" the left wingman
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"Al" the right wingman
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"Pappy" the slot and solo
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Our devils always have an angel smile  ;-)
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The Agusta A109BA Solo Display
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High rate turn
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Going down
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Focus on the flares pack
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Face to face
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Pull up
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Flares top
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Always an incredible effect for the pictures
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Hot hot hot...
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A last one for the way
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Salute
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A real sympathic crew!
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The Lockheed-Martin F-16AM Solo Display
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Note the bright light of the force in the pilot's eyes
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Vortex climb
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To do like everyone else, the stuffing in black and white
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Flare just launched
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The mustaches of Vercingetorix?
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Flares dance
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We are observed
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40 years of power
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High speed pass
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Knife edge pass
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The dark side of the force
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It's written in white on black
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40 years Fighting Falcon...
(Serge Van Heertum©)
...A too discreet anniversary within the Belgian Air Force
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 D-Day Stripes commemoration
 

D-Day markings to commemorate the 75 years of a unprecedented human commitment
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Fighter and transport "stipes"
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With the 349 Sqn
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With the 350 Sqn
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20 Sqn C-130H Hercules made the tribute to the RAF 525 Sqn
At the end of 1944, the 525 Sqn was exclusively composed of Belgian crews
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"Goedendag" & "Vercingetorix" together to commemorate a 6th of June somewere in 1944...clearly the longest day for some soldiers in Normandy...
Lest we forget them, they did it for us and today many seem to forget this historical fact.
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The CH-11 in final, mission accomplished
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Invasion stripes and concrete stripe...
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Together for history: 349 Sqn pilot...
(Serge Van Heertum©)
...and 350 Sqn pilot
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The Royal Belgian Air Cadets demonstrations to close the EBFS part of the event
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AMS-Flight DG-505 Elan ORION 17/20
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 
And there are other aircraft that flew over Florennes ...
Rendezvous in 2020 for a new edition of this cordial event and close to visitors
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 

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