Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Serge Van Heertum, Philip Verhasselt, Philippe Fay, Kristof Moens
Translation: Marc Arys  ©sbap 2020
   
The 15th Wing fully in motion
2020 was certainly, for many, a black year, a year of pandemic, but also military speaking a bad year, if only by the announcement made of the abandonment of the 4 NH-90 TTH version, which was very badly taken by the crews and mechanics, who invested their soul and commitment in the good functioning and the operational integration of this new machine within the 18th Squadron. Indeed, after only seven years of service, (the first - RN-05 - putting its wheels on the Beauvechain base July 18th, 2013), the fleet was announced as being put up for sale because the TTH version is not suitable (there are questions to be asked about the market survey) and the goal would be, if the received amounts allow it, to enlarge the fleet of the NFH model at the rate of one or two machines. To be continued...
However, this report concerns the 15th Transport and Communication Wing, which has greatly accelerated its process of change and modernization in 2020, to enter the future of military air transport.
We will not go back too much on the arrival of the first two A400M's and the integration of the Air Force into the "MRTT Multinational Fleet" (MMF) concept. These two events are of course the elements that triggered the profound transformation of the 15th Wing, which began timidly already in 2017, but which in 2020 moved up to supersonic speed!
You can read the report on these two subjects by following next the links:
 
 
Like a family of gods from ancient Rome
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 
To every lord, every honour, first of all, the fleet of C-130H "Hercules" captures our interest.
2020 saw the end of the career of CH-04 and CH-09, but it all started back in December 2017 with the retirement of CH-08, which made its last flight to the Beauvechain base, where for a few weeks it was dismantled, losing its warrior soul. A year later in December 2018, the superbly decorated CH-10 folowed the same fate, finishing dismantled and ready for training of the fire brigade at Brussels airport; a sad end for a Sioux of this calibre.
In November 2019, it was the turn of CH-03, which was taken "manu militari" to the Sabena Technics facilities to be dismantled and used as a spare parts "shop". It should be remembered that 9 of the initial 12 aircraft were purchased by Sabena Aerospace. CH-06 was lost in the tragic accident that occurred on July 15th, 1996 at the Eindhoven airbase, with the loss of 34 people, including 4 crew members. CH-02 lost its body and soul on May 4th, 2006, during the fire in hangar 40 of Sabena Technics at Zaventem airport, while the aircraft was undergoing major maintenance in the workshops.
CH-02 was replaced in March 2009 by a second-hand aircraft. A C-130E "Hurricane Fighter" that served in the US Air Force, which was older, as it was built in 1965, but brought up to the same standard as the remaining Belgian Air Force fleet. It was first registered as CH-14 (due to a misplaced superstition by a decision-maker) and was then renamed CH-13 to keep the continuation of the C-130H numbering.
This famous CH-13 will continue its service to become one of the last in service and already a polemic has seized its future, we will see a little further on.
So here we are in 2020, the first A400M is on its way, but on July 23rd, CH-04 said goodbye. A final flight was planned with a salute to the 15th Wing and then the final landing, ending its career without any glory, despite a "Hercules" job done in service of the nation.
Then the CH-09 made a last flight on December 17th, callsign BAF678. A tour of the Belgium countryside, which took it overhead the airbases of Koksijde, Beauvechain and Kleine-Brogel, followed by a passage at the parachute training centre at Schaffen (Diest), before finally landing shortly after 16.00 on runway 25L at Brussels Airport.
However, for operational reasons, it was not his last flight, as he carried out a final airdrop mission at the Leopoldsburg manoeuvring site on December 18th to come in land for the last time, again on runway 25L, but this time to be exuberantly sprayed by the fire brigade on the Melsbroek apron. The aircraft was then transferred to the Sabena Aerospace facilities.
It should be recalled that the Directorate General of Material Resources (DG-MR) of Defence has put up for sale nine C-130H's, spare parts, tools and other related systems. This fleet was bought by Sabena Aerospace, a company belonging to the new Blueberry group, and Blue Aerospace, a subsidiary of the American Heico group.
Of the 12 C-130H's ordered and received between 1972 and 1973 plus the replacing one, six were still operational at the end of 2020, CH-01, CH-05, CH-07, CH-11, CH-12 and CH-13. Two of them will leave the Air Force inventory by August 2021. Only 4 aircraft will continue to serve until the end of 2021, but which ones are not yet known. However, it is very likely that CH-13 will be one of them, and the controversy already started in December about the fate of this famous CH-13, as it will be the only one to be preserved and not being sold.
Of course, it was initially planned that it would be exhibited at Melsbroek airbase under the aegis of the "Dakota" Historical Documentation Centre. But shortly after, following the ministerial decision, the aircraft will be granted to the War Heritage Institute (WHI) which manages the army museum (thus the aviation section). The WHI decided, with some political support, to transfer CH-13 to the Beauvechain base museum (which, it should be remembered, was first a fighter base before becoming a training base). Nonsense when you've got us! Perhaps the Dakota centre will receive a B-Hunter to calm the game when they withdraw? Having said that, a petition is circulating on social networks, but in our beautiful country, we have to face the fact that the Vox Populi has NO weight!
However, it must be stressed that the arguments put forward on both sides can hold up. For the "Dakota" Documentation Centre and the staff of the 15th Wing, the C-130H fleet has spent its entire career at the Melsbroek base, so it is logical that the last one should retire there in memory and tribute to all the staff of the Transport Wing. Admittedly, he would be on display as a gate guard and maintained by volunteers, so this implies that it cannot be visited. And it is here that the Beauvechain Base Museum's argument hits the nail on the head by pointing out that the museum, as part of the base is accessible to the public and CH-13 will be open to the public... Wait and see!
See you at the end of 2021, for the end of the "Hercules", which will hopefully have a glorious and media cover end, as was the case for the Westland Seaking and not a "pestiféré" retreat as the Alpha Jet, which came back from Cazaux to Beauvechain, just to sign their death warrant without the specialised press being allowed to cover the event. All the specialised aeronautical press? Once again NO!
 
"Hercules" pilot office evolution: in 1990
(Serge Van Heertum©)
and in 2015, from analogic to digital
(Serge Van Heertum©)
  
ACCIDENTAL DISAPPEARANCES
 
CH-06
 
The CH-06 with the old Vietnam colours in 1990
(Serge Van Heertum©)
With the new grey scheme in 1992 (USAF tanker grey FS 16251)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Dismantling after the fatal crash
(Coll SBAP / origin BAF)
May the victims never be forgotten
(Coll SBAP / origin BAF)
 
CH-02
 
Low pass at Kleine Brogel for the CH-02
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The appropriate colours for the European environment
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Taxiing at Weelde in 1993
(Serge Van Heertum©)
On Melsbroek Airbase apron in 1998
(Serge Van Heertum©)
30 years of service paint scheme in 2002
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The terrible fire of the hangar 40 at Brussels airport on May 4th, 2006
(6 people wounded, 4 planes destroyed)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 
WRITTEN OFF AIRCRAFT
 
CH-08
 
The CH-08 on static display during a Koksijde Airshow in the 1980's
(Serge Van Heertum©)
In hand of Sabena Technics for the Midlife Improvement Program in 1991
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The glossy medium gray livery offers the advantage of being easier to maintain
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Landing at homebase in 2009
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Mission for the United Nations (UN) in 2010
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Landing RWY 25L in 2010
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Final approach on RWY 25R also in 2010
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Fly to your dream at EBBE in 2012
(Serge Van Heertum©)
A night on the apron in 2013
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Light maintenance hangar in 2013
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Line up facing the wind in anticipation of a storm in 2014
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Simply the CH-08
(Serge Van Heertum©)
NVG (Night Vision Googles) mission in 2016
(Serge Van Heertum©)
His last home at Beauvechain airbase in 2018
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 
CH-10
 
Take off in the early years
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Exhibited during the Beauvechain opendoor on June 20th, 1984
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The plane prepared for the change of outer wings
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Partially dismantled in front of hangar 41 (Sabena) early 90s
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Fully updated on the H8 apron in November 1990 after outer wings replacement
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The CH-10 was the first aircraft modified (MIP)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Certainly the well-known mission by the general public, the parachute drops (2004)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Landing at sunset in 2006
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Note the Belgian Defense logo on the tail in 2008
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Taxiing in the snow on winter 2010
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Face to face with "Hercules" in 2011
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Waiting a possible storm in 2014
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Night mission in 2015
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Back from the same mission as previous picture
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Night shooting of the 45 anniversary scheme in 2018
(Serge Van Heertum©)
"Hercules" lost all of his strength in 2019
(DR via Johny De Vish)
 
CH-03
 
This Vietnam camouflage was splendid on the C-130H
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Brustem Airbase in the 1980's
(Serge Van Heertum©)
On taxi at Eindhoven in 1994
(Serge Van Heertum©)
At Melsbroek airbase in 2010
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Take off 25R for the National Day rehearsal in 2010
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Cosy for the night in 2011
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Melsbroek airbase at night 2012...
(Serge Van Heertum©)
...and 2013
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 
FAREWELLS OF 2020
 
CH-04
 
Back from mission in the early years
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Power demo at Brustem airbase on September 8th, 1984
Assault landing of an FV-101 Scorpion
(Serge Van Heertum©)
It was the last aircraft within the outer wing replacement program (May 1993)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
White paint for humanitary missions in 1989
(Serge Van Heertum©)
On display at Gosselies airport in 1989
(Serge Van Heertum©)
In 2008 with the Belgian Defense logo
(Serge Van Heertum©)
In company of an Hugarian colleague in 2008
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Mission under the UN (United Nations) colours in 2010
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Preparing for a reccord in 2011
(Serge Van Heertum©)
In the line maintenance hangar in 2012
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Waiting the next mission in 2012
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Parking at night in 2013
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Under proctection above Kleine Brogel in 2014
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Last missions in 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The farewell flight with a last low altitude pass on July 23rd, 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 
CH-09
 
Melsbroek apron in 1978
(Courtesy Denis Vanderidt©)
Vlages drop demonstration in 1991
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Low pass also in 1991
(Serge Van Heertum©)
At homebase in 2015
(Serge Van Heertum©)
At night in 2015
(Serge Van Heertum©)
2020 the beginning of the end
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Take-off on October 8th, 2020, just before the arrival of CT-01
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Return from mission in the morning of December 17th, 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Back on landing after a touch and go
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The late afternoon landing after official farewell flight December 17th, 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Real last mission, an airdrop at the Leopoldsburg manoeuvring site on December 18th, 2020 and a beautiful last pass on the RWY 25L
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Cargo door open
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Last smooth landing
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Taxiing to the military airbase
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Sprayed by the fire brigade on the Melsbroek apron
(Philip Verhasselt©)
 
THE POLEMIC SUBJECT
 
CH-13
 
The CH-13, object of controversy and petitions!
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Official press presentation on March 17th, 2009
(Serge Van Heertum©)
"Spooky" at night in 2013
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Special paint for the 40 years C-130h and 65 years 15th Wing in 2013
the plane was nicknamed "Spooky"
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Back from a training mission in June 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 

Apart from the 20th squadron with the blue Sioux as its emblem, and its oh so famous "Hercules" and now "Atlas", there is a second squadron resident at Melsbroek airbase which for some years has literally been losing its feathers. You will have understood it, it is the 21st Squadron with the emblem of the red Sioux, also commonly known as the "white tail squadron".
The profound redesign of this squadron began with the withdrawal of the two Falcon 20E from the aircraft manufacturer Dassault. It should, by the way, be noted that, sadly, neither of the two aircraft were preserved to be exhibited in a museum. And then, the Dassault Falcon 900B which lost its wings in July 2019, but for the one still in one of the hangars, it might be transferred to the "Dakota" Historical Centre (to be confirmed...).
In 2001, almost 20 years ago, the first Embraer ERJ-135 (CE-01) was presented to the press. But here we are, some twenty years later, the fleet of four aircraft (ERJ-135 & ERJ-145) was decommissioned and sold to a French company based in Saint-Brieuc called Amelia, part of Regourd Aviation Group. During the months of November and December 2020, the four aircraft left Melsbroek airbase in total secrecy, without any media coverage, causing an enormous disappointment to all those who worked on the airplane, which offered the Air Force an excellent availability rate, and allowing our various governments as well as members of the Royal Family to fly safely and "on time". Of course, the question arises as to why one unit or aircraft is praised, while others are left in the shadows without an ounce of thanks, with the nation and ultimately the taxpayer as witnesses.
Here is a summary table of the past and new life of the Fleet of this elegant aircraft of Brazilian origin:

   
BAF code Constr Number A/C type Brazil reg. Date in Date out New reg. Remarks
 
CE-01 145-449 ERJ-135 PT-SUU June 2001 December 2020 Unknown Ferry to Amelia on 23-12-2020
CE-02 145-480 ERJ-135 PT-SVZ August 2001 December 2020 Unknown Ferry to Amelia on 23-12-2020
CE-03 145-526 ERJ-145 PT-STR December 2001 April 2020 F-HYOG Ferry to Amelia on 18-11-2020
CE-04 145-548 ERJ-145 PT-SZL December 2001 June 2018 F-HGYM Ferry to Amelia on 24-12-2020
   

Then, there is the Airbus A321-231 (CS-TRJ * c/n 1004) leased from the Portuguese company Hi Fly and which was chosen and put into service under Belgian Air Force colours (aka Air Component) to replace the Airbus A330-300 (CS-TMT), which had become too expensive to lease. True, but the replacement Airbus A321 may not have been the best choice tactically speaking, as it is an aircraft with a cargo hold and no longer a pallet and container system. It was not uncommon for certain troop transport missions, to require a C-130H to fly along, in order to be able to bring in the weapons and needed equipment. Was this a real saving? Doubts are allowed here and moreover the personnel affectionately (or sarcastically) nicknamed him "Dinky Toys".
Before serving under the Belgian military colours, it had already travelled all over the world. The aircraft was built in 1999 and passed through the hands of various owners such as Aero Lloyd (D-ALAK) in 1999, Onur Air (TC-OAL), leased twice to Saudi Arabia Airlines (TC-AOL), bought by the leasing company ILFC in February 2014 (EI-FDP), then acquired by Hi Fly in March 2014 to be leased to the Belgian Air Force.
In 2014 a lease contract was signed with the reference MRMP-A/P 13AP002 and the aircraft was officially put into service on May 20th, 2014, in the presence of the then Minister of Defence Mr Pieter De Crem. The contract covered a period of 3,5 years, i.e. until December 31st , 2017 with the possibility of renewal under certain conditions. This was done, since the A321 was operational until December 24th, 2020, the date of its last black, yellow and red mission. Finally, "Dinky Toys" left Belgium on January 2nd at 9:39 local time (instead of December 31st, 2020 at 17:00 local as it was planned...), the contract having definitively ended on December 31st, 2020.
At this stage the question obviously arises as to the future of the 21st squadron. To replace the Falcon 20E and 900B fleet, the authorities have opted to lease two Dassault Falcon 7X's with a transatlantic range. This is a dry lease contract concluded with the Luxaviation company (formerly Abelag) for 124 million euros and for a period of 12 years. The first Falcon 7X, built in 2007, arrived in April 2020 registered as OO-LUM (for Luchtmacht), while the second one, built in 2009, and arrived in August 2020 with OO-FAE registration (for Force Aérienne). The two aircraft taken on charge by the 15th Transport and Communication Wing, were declared operational in October 2020. Currently, the 21st squadron is limited to this pair of leased aircraft...
The missions that were assigned to the A321 will therefore be carried out with the greatest of ease by the new Airbus A400M "Atlas" or the Airbus A330 MRTT's of the multinational unit based in Eindhoven. However, the delays in the delivery of the A400M and A330MRTT aircraft, but also the delay in pilot certification due to the Covid-19 pandemic, have forced the Belgian Defence to look for alternative solutions.
The press service of the Ministry of Defence therefore issued a press release announcing that the Belgian Air Force would for a time be using charter flights provided by the airline TUI Fly Belgium to guarantee the continuity of operations and exercises (certain sources also speak about SN Brussels Airlines). The Belgian Defence will make use of charter flights in 2021 and 2022. The press release states that some twenty flights, taking place in January and February 2021, will be operated by TUI Fly. The first missions of this kind are already planned for January 18th ,2021, when the Defence will have to call upon two Boeing B-737's and one Boeing B-767.

 
WRITTEN OFF AIRCRAFT
 
CD-01
March 1995 - July 2019
 
The first paint scheme...
(Serge Van Heertum©)
...and the second one as from 2010
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 
CE-01
 
The CE-01 during the official presentation on June 11th, 2001
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Embraer CEO Mr Botelho and General Avi Michel "Mich" Mandl
cutting the official ribbon
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The first BAF flight, a new white wing in Belgian skies
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The pilot office
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The cabin of the CE-01
(Serge Van Heertum©)
EBBR take off in 2004
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The new blue tail in 2010
(Serge Van Heertum©)
During the official 10 years ceremony in 2011
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Back at dusk from mission devoted to the CE-01 on December 3rd, 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 
CE-02
 
The CE-02 in flight during the National Day 2005
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Fly me to the moon, a special destination in 2006
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The tail was painted in blue in 2010, but have to wait the logo
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Taxiing the the RWY 25R in 2010
(Serge Van Heertum©)
70 years 21st Squadron markings in 2018 (1948 - 2018)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
One of the last mission in May 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 
CE-01 & CE-02 LAST DAY
 
A last picture of the brother in arm the night before the ultimate BAF flight
(Philippe Fay©)
CE-01, CE-02 and CE-04 on the apron early morning preparing for the flight to Saint Brieuc
(Philippe Fay©)
The CE-04 flight was delayed, but the CE-01 and CE-02 could be followed on the radar applications
(ADSB exchange screen)
The two ERJ-135 at final destination
(Kristof Moens©)
 
CE-03
 
The CE-03 during a formation flight with Paul Rorive and the Fouga MT-13
(Serge Van Heertum©)
15 wing 60th anniversary logo on the vertical fin in 2008
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The CE-03 special tail on landing 25L in 2008
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Preparing for the blue tail changes in 2010
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Waiting a mission in 2010
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Seen during the ASEM 8 held between October 3rd and October 5th 2010
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Amari airbase Estonia in September 2017
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Few days before Amalia delivery flight, engine run up on November 13th, 2020
(Philippe Fay©)
The former CE-03 pictured at Saint Brieuc on December 17th, 2020
(Philippe Fay©)
 
CE-04
 
The CE-04 doing a back track at EBBE during the Defense Days 2006
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Take off from Brussels in 2006
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Parked at homebase in 2008
(Serge Van Heertum©)
With the CE-03, its brother in arms in 2009
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Blue tail as from 2010
(Serge Van Heertum©)
EBFN take off during the airshow of 2011
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Landing at EBBL in 2014
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Belgian colours are replaced by the french civilian registration in November 2020
(Philippe Fay©)
Christmas Eve, the last one tiptoed away
(Serge Van Heertum©)
A last follow up on the radar app's
(ADSB exchange screen)
The plague victims of the Belgian Air Force who were not entitled to the honors to which they would have been entitled, 
both the planes and the personnel who supported them.Two weights and two measures obviously... Sad, really sad!
(Serge Van Heertum©)
  
This is the SBAP team salute to the Embrear we could flew with during different reports 
and also our tribute to the entire Air Force members who took care of the Embraer fleet

(Serge Van Heertum©)
   
CS-TRJ
April 2014 - December 2020
 
The leasing agreement contract
(Archivalia sbap)
And a part of the contract contents
(Archivalia sbap)
Preparing for the delivery in the Lufthansa Technics hangar early April 2014
(Serge Van Heertum©)
View of the nose
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The first BAF operational flight was held on April 7th, 2014
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The unique picture of the A330 and the A321 together on Melsbroek airbase apron
(Serge Van Heertum©)
From high viz to low viz...
(Serge Van Heertum©)
During November 2014 the logo 2014-18 was applied on the entire 15 Wing fleet
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Back from a mission at dusk in 2015
(Serge Van Heertum©)
A sunny afternoon in 2015 also
(Serge Van Heertum©)
A view of the pilots office...
(Serge Van Heertum©)
...and a look at the passengers side
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Take off RWY 01 in June 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Back from a mission in November 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Landing 25R on December 18th, 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The last BAF flight landing was held on December 24th, 2020 at 11:57 local time
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Initially the CS-TRJ was planned to leave Melsbroek airbase 
on December 31st, 2020 at 17:00 local
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Seems that a technical or administrative issue have changed the initial plans
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 NEW ARRIVALS 2020
 
CT-01
 
His majesty "Atlas"
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The CT-01 welcomed on October 8th, 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Forward fuselage close up on October 19th, 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Vortex generator... landing 25R on October 22nd, 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Back from training on December 8th, 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 
CT-02
 
The rooster of Steenokkerzeel church was replaced on December 22nd, 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The CT-02 few seconds before its first landing in Belgium
(Serge Van Heertum©)
December 22nd, 2020 the first Belgian "Atlas" is there !
(Serge Van Heertum©)
19 years after the purchase contract, the A400m is ther with the famous "Sioux" (Philip Verhasselt©) The CT-01 and CT-02 together, the futurist view of the EBMB apron
(Philip Verhasselt©)
This great and amazing picture can be neamed: When the future buries the past...
(Philippe Fay©)
The first CT-02 operational mission, a misty take off on January 6th, 2021 at 11:31 local
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The first mission is executed, back to base at 15:34 local time
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Training flight in a more sunny place, Valencia on January 7th, 2020
(ADSB exchange screen)
Back to base and the grey sky of Belgium at 16:36 local
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 
OO-FAE
 
The OO-FAE did a short visit to its future homebase on August 13th, 2020 
before leaving to Lelystad to be painted
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The OO-FAE is operational since October 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Back from a training mission on October 23rd, 2020
 (Serge Van Heertum©)
Landing at sunset on October 26th, 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 
OO-LUM
 
The OO-LUM was delivered in April 2020 and also declared operational in October 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Back from a training flight on April 30th, 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Take off from RWY 01 on May 14th, 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Final on RWY 25R on September 26th, 2020
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 

After the Belgian military transport aviation, the combat aviation will also enter a profound transformation, with the arrival of the Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II, but that is another story…

 

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