Text & Pictures: Serge Van Heertum - Translation: Marc Arys  ©sbap 2022
 
Beauvechain air day, or BaB Day, is a small local event at the base itself, with the primary aim of raising awareness of the base's activities among local residents and especially young people as part of defence recruitment campaigns. The last similar event took place in April 2019 shortly before the health crisis.

This year, the sun shunned the event and it were the grey clouds, a strong cold wind and a few drops of rain that took possession of the base.
But let's not hide the fact that for the last two years, the most frustrated aviation enthusiasts and photographers had made an appointment on April 6th to come and picture military equipment and aircraft.

As this was a purely local event, it was not to be confused with an international airshow, which is why the static display was limited to aircraft in service on the base, except for the presence of an Embraer Xingu of the French Navy.
It was the same for the very limited dynamic presentations, with a few passages of the future F-16 demonstration pilot, which could not give us a full demonstration, as his program had not been validated yet.
The Agusta A109 also flew a limited demonstration, but due to the weather conditions this time and finally the "Red Devils" who gave two demonstrations throughout the day with the n°4, fully raging and in yellow, his plane still being painted.
Fans were also able to see a few passes of the Airbus Military A400M CT-01 with Luxembourg markings as well as an Airbus A330 MRTT, unfortunately resulting in some grey on grey shots.
The highlight was certainly the "Rotary Wing Role Demo" allowing the visitors to see the A109 and NH-90 of the 1st Wing in action in a crisis scenario, giving an idea of their various missions. This part of the show was very dynamic and I think the public appreciated it.
This open day will unfortunately be one of the only major events organised by the Air Force this year, apart from the spotters day at Kleine Brogel on the sidelines of the Sanicole Airshow.

No BAF Days, no international airshow or other events are on the agenda. But if this changes, it will certainly be appreciated.

 
A small open door with recruitment as background Meet the survival team
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(Serge Van Heertum©) Material and equipment
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The future, 4 MQ-9 SkyGuardian drones built by General Atomics
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Loving to fly does not prevent loving beautiful bodywork
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Royal Belgian Air Cadets with a Grob G-103A Twin II Acro
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30 years of service, a political scandal and still attractive to visitors
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Rotary wings and tactical Transport
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Only 9 year of duty and already obsolete for the authorities... 
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The offensive and defensive capabilities of the Belgian Caiman, the FN M3M machine gun (.50 cal)
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You just have to follow the blue light
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A single and only foreign visitor from French Navy
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We all have a bench, a tree and a Piper....
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Controllers on duty
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Normal mission of the day
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An open door need organisation and material
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The air demonstrations
 
The Royal Air Cadets showing the Piper tractor and the glider capabilities
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The "Red Devils" team with the number 4 still in yellow
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The A109BA " Razzle Blade" solo display, bad weather demo, but flares festival
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The new transport aircraft, the Airbus Military A400M "Atlas" making couple of passes and that above the "Mighty Hercures" remains (CH-08)
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Some passes from the F-16AM solo display, "Vrieske" is waiting the authorities allowance to show the full extent of his Fighting Falcon expertise
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1 Wing Rotary Role Demonstration
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The area is secured by an armed Agusta
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Troops arrives
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Fast roping
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The last one and time to clear the danger zone
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TTH for Tactical Transport Helicopter
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The enemy appears
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The fire exchange is quite hard
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A man is hit by enemy fire
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Meanwhile the enemy vehicle is destroyed
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Arrival of the Medevac Agusta
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Coming for the wounded soldier
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Landing as short as possible near the injured but under the supervision of the troops
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The evacuation stretcher
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The injured is secured
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Boarding in any few seconds
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And take off heading the shortest possible medical antenna
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Recuperation of the soldiers
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Landing under loadmaster supervision
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The shortest possible ground time
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Delivery of a 120mm mortar hide
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Clearance
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Preparing the hide for sling recovery
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Caiman pair for the general setbacks
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The first Caiman will recover the troops after the mortar evacuation
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An impressive task the attachment under sling!
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Impressive control of the machine by the pilot
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Ready...
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...and lifyt off
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Troops on board
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Everybody back in a secured area
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Prancing like a wild horse
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To conclude a couple of fly passes by an Airbus Military A330 MRTT from the The "MRTT Multinational Fleet" (MMF) bades at Eindhoven Airbase
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