Belgian Air Force Demo Team 2012
Text & Pictures : Bruno Ghils © sbap 2012

This year, the first Duxford air show of the 2012 season was under the sign of the diamond jubilee of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This gave us an opportunity to see some of the finest and best English aviation .
In the Spitfires, Hurricanes and Meteors country, the usual atmosphere of Duxford, well known for his famous "flying legends" air show, the opportunity was given to watch  several aircraft displays of the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy (Tucano T1, Tutor, King Air, Hawk, Sea King, Lynx and Typhoon), some of the aircraft presented in static display, some others like the jets based at Mildenhall.
Besides the modern aircraft flying demonstrations, there was, and this is quite normal at Duxford, some presentations of war birds often related to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (Hurricanes, Hawker Fury, Spitfires trio, T.6 Texan, Chipmunks, Avro Anson, B.17 and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster).
For me the best of all, was a magnificent demonstration of a Gloster Meteor T.7 under the blazing sun .... a marvel that alone was worth the trip. This aircraft was recently restored and let us hope that he will cross sometimes the channel to be presented on the continent!
But for us (Sylvain and myself), the most  important was the first public performance of our new Belgian F-16AM Solo Display.  Under the beautiful sun and a cloudless blue sky, Captain Renaud “Grat” Thys of Florennes 350 Squadron did
​​a perfect demonstration highly appreciated by an international public that looked forward to see the new colors of the Belgian Solo Display ..... Congratulations “Grat”, you did a wonderful performance!

De Havilland DH.115 "Vampire T.11 (Bruno Ghils) Harrier GR 4 (Bruno Ghils)
BAC Jet Provost (Bruno Ghils) Boeing B-17G "Sally B" alias "Memphis Belle" (Bruno Ghils)
Short Tucano T.1 (Bruno Ghils) Gloster Meteor T7 (Bruno Ghils)
Westland Wasp HAS1 (Bruno Ghils) Percival P.56 "Provost" T1 (Bruno Ghils)
De Havilland Canada DHC-1 "Chipmunk" (Bruno Ghils) Bücker 133 "Jungmeister" (Bruno Ghils)
North American T6 "Havard" (Bruno Ghils)
Hawker Hurricane (Bruno Ghils) De Havilland Canada DHC-2 "Beaver" (Bruno Ghils)
Auster T.7 (Bruno Ghils) Beech King Air 200 (Bruno Ghils)
Hawker Hurricane (Bruno Ghils) Supermarine Spitfire Mk V (Bruno Ghils)
With the BBMF Avro Lancaster (Bruno Ghils)
Hawker Nimrod Mk.1 (Bruno Ghils) A pair of Hawker Nimrod (Bruno Ghils)
Northe American T-6 "Harvard" (Bruno Ghils) Westland Lynx from the Royal Navy (Bruno Ghils)
Short Tucano T.1 (Bruno Ghils) With the Jubilee special markings (Bruno Ghils)
Typhoon FGR4 (Bruno Ghils) The RAF solo display (Bruno Ghils)
Cpt Renaud "Grat" Thys presenting for the first time the new Belgian Air Force solo display livery (Bruno Ghils)
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Fast and furious...the flares effect (Bruno Ghils)
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Avron Anson 652A (Bruno Ghils) North American P-51D "Mustang" (Bruno Ghils)
Westland Sea King HAR3 (Bruno Ghils) The RAF Sea King display (Bruno Ghils)
My favorite of the day, the splendid Gloster Meteor T7 (WA591)
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See you next time, on the next jubilee !  (Bruno Ghils)


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