Bye bye "Mitch"...Welcome "Grat"...

Text : Serge Van Heertum
Pictures : Serge Van Heertum, Christian Vandevelde, Luc Dujardin, Laurent Cuvelier & Lionel Cuvelier
sbap 2011



From our drawing specialist, Alexander...

On November 10th, 2011, the 350 Fighter Squadron at Florennes celebrated its 70th anniversary. 

Established on November 12th, 1941 some of the early hours 350 squadron pilots took part in the Battle of Britain (July 10th until October 31st, 1940) within the Royal Air Force. During the World War II the squadron took also part into operation "Jubilee" (Dieppe August 1942) and operation "Overlord" (Normandy June 1944).
After the Second World War the 350 F Sqn became a real Belgian squadron and distinguished itself particularly during the Cold War to defend the safety of our

Today the squadron can rely on the F-16 fighter/bomber equipped with the latest precision guided weapons. 
Taking part in recent conflicts like the Balkan (Decisive
Endeavour, Deliberate Guard & Allied Force), Afghanistan (ISAF Eastern Eagle & later Guardian Falcon) or recently
Libya (Unified Protector / Freedom Falcon) allowed the squadron to prove its knowledge and professionalism in a multinational environment.
To commemorate this anniversary a special event was organised by the squadron. Everybody could access the base and admire the special decorated FA68.
An exhibition relating the squadron history was also organised in the TLP hangar with a F-16A/M equipped with some
armament, models, pilot equipments and many other... Some panels were explaining the different life aspects of the squadron.
To conclude and mark this anniversary a book relating the 350 Squadron history from 1941 until today was published, sponsored by Dassault Aviation, Pratt & Whitney Belgium, S.A.B.C.A. and Techspace Aero. If this book
interests you, all information can be retrieved via the official web site of the squadron


Happy birthday 350 !  Go for 2016...

(Lionel Cuvelier) (Luc Dujardin)
The FA68 anniversary colours :
Left tail, a modernised  design of the Vercingetorix helmet wings (Serge Van Heertum). 
Right tail the operations history of the squadron
(Laurent Cuvelier)
Ventral fin (Serge Van Heertum) Vercingetorix : Belgae Galorum Fortissimi ! (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Christian Vandevelde) (Christian Vandevelde)
(Serge Van Heertum)
350 & of arms (Luc Dujardin) Open talk with 350's pilots (Luc Dujardin)
A visitor... (Serge Van Heertum) the well known "Vortex" (Serge Van Heertum)
The FA72 in exposition (Serge Van Heertum)  (Serge Van Heertum)
showing the offensive and defenssive armements (Serge Van Heertum) The F-16 gun pack (Serge Van Heertum)
A real convivial exposition : Models, Helmets, equipements... (Serge Van Heertum) The famous helmet logo from the early F-16's years (Serge Van Heertum)
A perfect overview of the squadron history... (Serge Van Heertum) self cultural aspects : the relation between the "Gauloise beer"
and the squadron. To be consumed with moderation !
(Serge Van Heertum)
(Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
Models exposition and contest....
Some realistion of the well known Florennes modellers "Pat"...
(Serge Van Heertum)
Like steve Nuyts of the "Slivers" team and his Starfighter
(Serge Van Heertum)
Imagination and perfection in the model contest... (Serge Van Heertum) The model and the real one! (Serge Van Heertum)
F-104G Full Metal (Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
Modellers in action...sharing their passion (Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
End of the day...the sun is going was a perfect organisation... (Serge Van Heertum)
Happy Birthday 350 !


In flight courtesy Adj Bart Rosselle...


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