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

As winter approaches, the end of November can still offer beautiful days as was the case on November 20th.
On a beautiful afternoon, bathed in a low sun and a blue sky, the students and instructors of the Beauvechain base took advantage of this weather, very cold but especially lenient for the necessary training flights.
This is how the afternoon saw a well-balanced ballet of Siai-Marchetti SF.260 sometimes yellow, sometimes red, or even grey.
But at the end, five French Air Force aircraft were expected at the Brabant base. Indeed, five Pilatus PC-21's spent an overnight at the base of Beauvechain. The wind being 100 ° / 4 knots, the landing was done on the runway 04L.
The elegant blue and silver training planes arrived, one by one a few minutes apart. Too bad for not having a beautiful formation of five with a tactical break to the key.
It was actually a navigation mission for the ten involved pilots who had left their base BA709 of Cognac to make a first stop on the BA105 of Evreux. The five aircraft left the Norman base early in the afternoon. The first landing at Beauvechain was at 14:17 local time.
The ten crewmembers of the French Air Force took off again from Beauvechain in the morning of November 21st bound for the BA116 of Luxeuil.
An interesting tour for these Swiss made Pilatus machines, which were recently delivered to the French Air Force to replace the TB-30s Epsilon.

 
A great afternoon for training flights
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The ST-44 in long final approach
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Belgian fashion Chinese shadow
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Final turn
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Light games with a low winter sun
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Trail games
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 Short final full flaps...
(Serge Van Heertum©)
...and same for a "Reds" aircraft
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 
 
Arrivals:
709-FE (03) 14:17 PM
709-FG (05) 14:23 PM
709-FM (11) 14:26 PM (Touch and Go)
Arrivals:
709-FD (02) 14:32 PM
709-FJ (08) 14:37 PM
709-FM (11) 14:42 PM
 
709-FE (N°03) c/n 295 (F-RBFE)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
709-FG (N°05) c/n 297 (F-RBFG)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
709-FM (N°11) c/n 303 (F-RBFM)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
709-FD (N°02) c/n 294 (F-RBFD)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
709-FJ (N°08) c/n 300 (F-RBFJ)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 
 

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