ST33 Baby Swallow in the air
Text: Serge Van Heertum  -  Pictures : Serge Van Heertum, Luc Dujardin & Laurent Cuvelier © sbap 2012

 

During Valenciennes airshow held at French National Day, our “Red Devils” were present alongside all the French Air Force ambassadors. Our team had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with the “Reds” before, during and after the display. An occasion to make a full page about the display from A to Z. For the occasion, the leader “Pappy” had a passenger…A little bear named "Rafalou" in possession of an already heavy log book. The “Red Devils” guest has already flown on Rafale and much other kind of aircraft. In fact the bear will be for sale later on to get funds for a French charity organization pushed by the Rafale display team. This can be compared as the Belgian “I fly for charity”.
The display was planned around 16:30. Everybody was preparing and get to the red planes waiting for action. Technical crew and pilot did the preparation in front of the public. Pilot installed with the help of the dedicated technician and awaiting the startup clearance. Clearance from the tower and the four Lycoming engines were started all at the same moment.
The needed waiting time to get the engine at the correct oil temperature of 140°…but at  once the four engines were stopped…the tower was requesting to stop because a heavy rain shower was foreseen in the coming minutes…and effectively it was an heavy one!. The “Red Devils” show was simply postponed until better conditions. Twenty minutes later clearance was given and under the order of the leader the four engines started again. The bad weather was over and the “Devils” could perform their good weather display. As usual a dynamic display, being more perfect at every presentation. During the display applaud was received from the public, mostly after the crossing passes or the different “burst” figures. Show is over and back to the parking in front of the public…Warm applauds to the “Reds” as conclusion of a well appreciated display.
Show was over but not all the task…For the technical crew verification of the planes and tarpaulin’s for the night, for the pilot hot debriefing and form signature. It was now time to unpack all together…
As the SBAP team had the opportunity to follow our national “Reds”, we propose a complete photographic overview of the show. Hopefully you will appreciate to discover the other side of a display…
We would like to thanks all the team, pilots and technicians for their kindness and availability during this report. (And also to have protected our photo material in their van during the generous and very wet rain shower…).

Belgian coulours in France (Luc Dujardin)

(Luc Dujardin)
A visit to the Rafale team...with a tag result (see Valenciennes airshow page)
(Laurent Cuvelier)
Refueling...hard work to get at the pump...
(Laurent Cuvelier)

Some of the shadown men...
Peter Creces (Airframe and Landing gear) donw right
Johan Devos (Airframe and Landing gear) above left
Serge Jacob (Electronics) above right
Danny Wouters (Engine) down left
Bram Louage (Electronics and Avionics) picture bellow first left
Steven Paulissen (Electronics and Avionics) not present @Valenciennes
 (Luc Dujardin)
The technical team (Luc Dujardin) Going to the planes (Laurent Cuvelier)
The concentration could be seen! (Laurent Cuvelier) (Luc Dujardin)
Turn around (Laurent Cuvelier) N°1 Cdt Alain "Papy" Collard (Laurent Cuvelier)
(Laurent Cuvelier) (Laurent Cuvelier)
Waiting with the chute (Laurent Cuvelier) Technic and pilot, the key of success (Laurent Cuvelier)
(Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
(Luc Dujardin) N° 2 Lt Steve "Mag" Malburny (Luc Dujardin)

Complicity (Luc Dujardin)

(Luc Dujardin)
Tip thank check (Luc Dujardin) N° 3 Cdt Albert "Al" Baltus (Luc Dujardin)
Some administration (Serge Van Heertum) (Luc Dujardin)
(Serge Van Heertum) Looking at the heavy rain coming soon (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) N° 4 Lt Stefaan "Stef" Braem (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) Ready to go on planes and for the technician the start up drill
(Serge Van Heertum)

(Luc Dujardin)

(Serge Van Heertum)
Stars and straps (Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
(Luc Dujardin) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Luc Dujardin) (Laurent Cuvelier)

(Laurent Cuvelier)

(Luc Dujardin)
(Luc Dujardin) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
(Laurent Cuvelier) (Laurent Cuvelier)
(Luc Dujardin) (Serge Van Heertum)

(Serge Van Heertum)

(Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) Awaiting the start up (Luc Dujardin)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
And here we go (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Perfect drill (Serge Van Heertum) Awaiting the taxi (Serge Van Heertum)
But the control request to postpone the display (Laurent Cuvelier) Start up again, the rain shower is over (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
On taxi (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Take off (Serge Van Heertum) Pull up for the first clover leaf (Serge Van Heertum)
Going down (Serge Van Heertum) In box formation (Serge Van Heertum)
Coming front (Serge Van Heertum) Pull up for the second clover leaf (Serge Van Heertum)
on the top (Serge Van Heertum) And going down (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) Swan formation (Serge Van Heertum)
Pull up for a looping (Serge Van Heertum) on the top (Serge Van Heertum)
and going down for a left turn (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Left turn in swan formation (Serge Van Heertum) Close up on the N° 1 & 4 (Serge Van Heertum)
Right turn (Serge Van Heertum) Pull up for an loop and the split (Serge Van Heertum)
For the split....top (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Wilkinson crossing...just before (Luc Dujardin) Wilkinson crossing...just after (Serge Van Heertum)
"Stef" pull up for a tail slip (Serge Van Heertum) Main formation back...solo out (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Pull up (Serge Van Heertum) Clover leaf (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Loop in line abreast (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Public pass in line astirn (Serge Van Heertum) Very close effect (Serge Van Heertum)
Solo in descent (Serge Van Heertum) Solo out and main team back (Serge Van Heertum)
Split and cross (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Last cross pass (Serge Van Heertum) Solo will rejoin the team (Serge Van Heertum)
In front of the public for... (Serge Van Heertum) ...the final split (Serge Van Heertum)
Back to the parking (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Bringing the chocks (Serge Van Heertum) Awainting the leader signal to go out (Serge Van Heertum)
Little Valenciennes souvenir... (Serge Van Heertum) ... with the passenger "Rafalou" (Serge Van Heertum)
Sign the form is also a part of the job (Luc Dujardin) (Laurent Cuvelier)
(Laurent Cuvelier) Technicians on duty after the show (Laurent Cuvelier)
(Laurent Cuvelier) (Luc Dujardin)
(Luc Dujardin) Tarpaulin's to protect the planes for the night (Luc Dujardin)
(Luc Dujardin) Always Devils spirit (Luc Dujardin)
The most important in a team...the friendness (Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
(Laurent Cuvelier) (Serge Van Heertum)
Open talk about the display (Laurent Cuvelier) Signature of "Rafalou" log book (Laurent Cuvelier)
(Laurent Cuvelier) Looking at "Patrouille de France" display (Serge Van Heertum)
"Papy" dreaming...at Red Alpha jet may be...(Luc Dujardin) "Al" testing another machine... (Luc Dujardin)
Mail received from the leader of the "Red Devils" on July 23rd:
 

Dear SBAP team, 

In the name of the Red Devils team, sincerely, I would like to thank you all for the nice reportage in Valenciennes.
It is really pleasant to see and read this article. 

Best Regards,

 

Devil 1 “Papy”

 

Cdt Avi.Collard.A.

 

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