Text: Jan de Clercq - Pictures: Jan de Clercq & Jacques Vincent - Translation: Marc Arys  ©sbap 2020
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 our National Holiday took place with a limited overflight of the city of Brussels by an NH90 NFH stationed in Koksijde and a formation of F-16's from the airbase at Florennes.
The Belgian Air Force opened the modest parade just after 14:00 with an overflight of a NH90 with the Belgian flag (4x6m). It performs daily SAR missions at the Belgian coast.

The passage of the NH90 was followed by 3 formations of F-16's which flew over the Royal Palisades from a southerly direction. These completed an 8-month NATO mission in the Baltic States at the end of April.

In the autumn (October), 4 F-16 fighters will participate in a mission in support of the international coalition in the fight against Daesh in Syria and Iraq. The fighters will be stationed in Jordan for one year and will require a permanent presence with 4 F-16's and about 100 men.

As a tribute to the efforts of the medical personnel and the Belgian population during the current COVID-19 health crisis, the first two F-16 formations continued their flight over the entire Belgian territory, after having flown over the Royal Palace. These fighters, in formations of three aircraft, then flew over the various provincial capitals.
They followed a western route (Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Mons, Namur, supplemented by Ostend) and an eastern one (Leuven, Wavre, Hasselt, Liège, Arlon, supplemented by Dinant). All F-16's landed safely back at Florennes airbase after a few low passes.

This overflight consisted of a "victory formation" -flight of three F-16 fighters, with the leader of the western route decorated with "invasion stripes".

The leader of the eastern route was the Belgian F-16 display aircraft, the Dark Falcon.

Participating Aircraft
FA-57 (75 Year D-Day)
FA-101 (Dark Falcon)
The 10 Fighting Falcon's in action by Jan de Clercq
The 10 Fighting Falcon's in action by Jacques Vincent

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