Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Jacques Vincent - Translations: Marc Arys 
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Chievres Air Fest

It took 25 years, a quarter of a century, for the American-controlled base at Chièvres to open its doors to the public again. The information received from the Base Commander stipulated that this 2021 edition was a small-scale trial run to evaluate the interest and feasibility on a larger scale in the years to come, and thus to revive the US shows of the past, which still brought the Thunderbirds, B-52s and other SR-71s to Belgium.
As you will see, the event featured about ten aircraft, the most exotic ones coming from Slovakia and Romania.
Unfortunately, the shadow was again the famous CST (Covid Safe Ticket) imposed by the regional authorities to the US organisers, without which they simply could not organise the event.
Let's remember that in the United States, for aeronautical events, there is no such discrimination. The editor board therefore agreed to produce this page as a helping hand to the base organisers who welcomed our photographer with open arms.
Here are the pictures of the preparations and the Chièvres Air Fest 2021 event.
  
Participant aircraft
Pilatus PC-9M L9-062 (c/n 635) 152 Letalska eskadrilja - Cerklje ob Krki airbase - Slovenian Air Force
Let L-410UVP-E L4-01 (c/n 912606) 152 Letalska eskadrilja - Ljubljana/Brnik airbase - Slovenian Air Force
IAR330L SOCAT 62 (c/n 108) Escadrila 713 - Câmpia Turzii airbase - Romanian Air Force
IAR330M 97 (c/n 141) Escadrila 713 - Câmpia Turzii airbase - Romanian Air Force
Alenia C-27J Spartan 2706 (c/n 4157) - Aviatie de Transport - Esc.902 Av. Tr. Oper. si Foto - Bucuresti airbase - Romanian Air Force
Learjet C-21A 84-0096 (c/n 35A-542) 76th Airlift Squadron (86th AW) - Ramstein Air Force Base - USAFE
Boeing AH-64D Apache 09-05601 (c/n PVD601) 1-3rd AVN - Attack Reconnaissance Company Alpha - Ansbach airbase (GE) - US Army
Lockheed Martin F-16CM-50-CF AF96-0080 (c/n CC-202) 52 FW - 480 FS - Spangdalhem Air Force Base - USAFE
Siai Marchetti SF260D ST-40 (c/n 840) 1 Wing - 5th or 9th Squadron - Beauvechain airbase - Belgian Air Force (Taxi EBBE - EBCV)
Siai Marchetti SF260D ST-46 (c/n 846) 1 Wing - 5th or 9th Squadron - Beauvechain airbase - Belgian Air Force
Agusta A109BA H-46 (c/n 0346) 1 Wing - 17 Squadron - Beauvechain Airbase - Belgian Air Force "Razzle Blades" livery
Lockheed Martin F-16AM FA-136 (c/n 6H-136) 10 Wing Tac - 31 Squadron - "X-Tiger" livery
Airbus Military A400M "Atlas" CT-01 (c/n 104) 15 Wing - 20 Squadron - Melsbroek airbase - Luxembourg Armed Force (Belgium)
CASA C-212-300DF Aviocar N620AR (c/n 379) EP Aviation LLC (USA)
 
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The official opening
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Preparing to welcome the visitors
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A look into some flying machine
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Romanian Air Force 71 Squadron crest
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The paradrop aircraft
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Some popular games
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Entertainment and drinks
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Typycal US Fire truck...
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...and musical ambiance
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