Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Roland Broekhove, Patrick Brouckaert - Translations: Marc Arys  ©sbap 2021
 

This event, organized by the Ursel Flying Club, was originally scheduled for 12 March 2021, but had to be rescheduled due to bad weather, which was to be expected at this time of the year.
The purpose of this event was to allow pilots to resume flying after a long period of inactivity.
Beside this aspect of resuming flights, the aim was to organize a photoshoot for enthusiasts and that's where the problem lies!
It was indeed a very small-scale event that was finally held on 23 April 2021, allowing the first 100 registrants (via Facebook and for a few euros...) to enter the premises, while respecting the anti-covid measures in use, i.e. everyone in their own bubble and each bubble equipped with a chair with 2 m of space between the photographers, wearing of a mask and, at last, not leaving one's bubble. The 100 photographers (plus the friends of the friends...) were spread out over a distance of 500 meters. Respect for the measures was the order of the day, and so were the frustrations!
Two SBAP collaborators were lucky enough to be able to participate (having registered on FB and paid their 10.00€ alms, I should point out...), but a number of reproaches were heard afterwards, in the style of why you and not me? I signed up, I paid and why wasn't I chosen? It's a little bit disgusting to do this in the form of a lottery don't you think? Etc...
The question is allowed here: Was it a good idea to make this type of organization, to make a hundred happy (without forgetting the friends of the friends...) and to frustrate a fair amount of heavily disappointed amateurs? I ask you if in such a period of pandemic, it was imperative to organize this kind of event? Honestly I don't think so; we are already living in a difficult period that stirs up hatred and jealousy.
As far as flying machines are concerned, about forty aircraft made passes, touch and goes or local flights, starting with the last public appearance of the CH13. Then the Air Force festival with a 3 ship Agusta formation (with a small demonstration of the 'Razzle Blade'), 2 F-16's from Kleine Brogel and finally the 4 red Siai Marchetti of the 'Red Devils'.
Let's admit that the weather was great and the 100 photographers were satisfied and after this program, they went back to their vehicles parked at a good distance, enough to stretch their legs to finish the day.

 

Participating aircraft

 
Lockheed C-130H "Hercules" (CH-13) (Last public appearance)
Agusta A109BA (3 ship formation) (H-24, H-35, H-46)
Lockheed Martin F-16AM & F-16BM (FA-116, FB-23)
Siai Marchetti SF.260M (Red Devils) (ST-02, ST-16, ST-22, ST-35)
Stampe & Vertongen SV4-RS (N°26 / ULM)
FK-Lightplanes FK-9 Mk IV (OO-H63)
Pilatus P3-05 (OO-RDS & D-EPCI)
EAA Super Acro Sport (OO-80)
Yakovlev Yak-52 (OO-RUS)
Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1 (OO-DOG)
Cessna 150 (N3279G)
North American Rockwell OV-10B "Bronco" (G-ONAA)
Piper Cub trio (OO-TIM - D-EBYX - D-EHCB)
Evektor-aerotechnik SportStar-RTC (OO-VMA & OO-VMD)
Stampe & Vertongen SV-4bis (OO-ESV / V23)
Cessna 152 II (PH-HLE)
ELA G-10 "Eclipse" autogyro (F-JBZD)
Piper PA-28 Cherokee (The Victors) (OO-VMY, OO-EBU, OO-VCU, OO-VMC)
Aviat S-2C Pitts Special (G-FDPS)
Stampe-Vertongen SV-4c (OO-AFJ)
Yakovlev Yak-3U (F-AZZK)
Lockheed 12A Electra Junior (NC14999)
Beech Bonanza 36 (N936HB) & North American AT-6G Texan (N4109C)
North American AT-6D Texan (OO-JOY)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI (OO-XVI)
Verhees Delta D2 (F-PDHZ)
 
The day before the end...
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
"Mighty Hercky"
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
A last pass with the cargo door open
(©Roland "Skycrane" Broeckhove)
Agusta A109BA formation
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
The old demo ship H-24 (note the Medevac doors installed instead of the standard models)
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
A standart version A109BA, the H-35
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
"Razzle Blade"
(©Roland "Skycrane" Broeckhove)
A salute to the limited photographers
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
From KB with love
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
The "Red Devils" team
(©Roland "Skycrane" Broeckhove)
Perfect 90° angle
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
Check six guy's...AMRAM or Sidewinder?
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
The Devil sign
(©Roland "Skycrane" Broeckhove)
Lift off
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
Animal interlude
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
Not a real one, but an ULM...
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
FK-Lightplanes FK-9 Mk IV
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
From Switzerland with smoke
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
Swiss training in the 1970's
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
Super Acro Sport
(©Roland "Skycrane" Broeckhove)
In final
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
Red Bull can colours...nice
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
Hello guy's ;-)
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
RAF old glory of basic training
(©Roland "Skycrane" Broeckhove)
Scottish elegancy
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
Cessna, a safe bet in tourism aviation
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
A machine with a fiery character
(©Roland "Skycrane" Broeckhove)
Besides the USA and Germany, the Bronco has been used in six other countries!
(©Roland "Skycrane" Broeckhove)
The Piper PA-18 was built from 1949 and remained in production at Piper until 1994
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
The Piper PA-18 was created to replace the Piper J-3 designed in the late 1930s
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
The basic concept is 83 years old and it still flies!
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
The SportStar from Czech Republic is an all-metal designed aircraft made from anodized aluminum
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
A little air of Goetsenhoven in the glorious 60s of the Belgian Air Force
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
Ahhh if we could go back in time ... and take our current Canon and Nikkon with us!
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
The 152 model is a slightly more "beefy" derivative of the 150 model which was built between 1977 and 1985
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
The Eclipse is a two place enclosed autogyro, designed and built by ELA Aviación of Córdoba, Andalusia (Spain)
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
The "Victors" at take off
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
A recognized civilian team full of resources
(©Roland "Skycrane" Broeckhove)
Not powerful but elegant manoeuvers
(©Roland "Skycrane" Broeckhove)
Full speed low pass
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
The Pitts Special is an aerobatic aircraft designed by Curtis Pitts
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
The Pitts Special has racked up more competitive victories than any other aircraft since its first flight in 1944
(©Roland "Skycrane" Broeckhove)
Many planes built by Curtiss Pitts had a polecat design on the fuselage and were affectionately nicknamed "stinker"
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
The S-2C is an improved version of the S-2B with a standard 3-blade propeller and an enlarged fin
(©Roland "Skycrane" Broeckhove)
The SV.4C is a licensed version built in France by SNCAN (Société Nationale de Constructions Aéronautiques du Nord)
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
This version was originally equipped with a 140 hp Renault 4Pei engine
(©Roland "Skycrane" Broeckhove)
The Yak-3 was designed by Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov, then a member of the design office of Alexander Yakovlev
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
The Yak-3 was engaged from July 1944 and quickly acquired an ascendancy over the German fighter
(©Roland "Skycrane" Broeckhove)
The Yak-3U is an all-metal derivative and was originally fitted with an ASh-82FN engine
(©Roland "Skycrane" Broeckhove)
The Lockheed L-12 Electra Junior is a twin-engine light transport from the interwar period developed by the American aircraft manufacturer Lockheed
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
The design of this aircraft is an extrapolation of the L-10 Electra
(©Roland "Skycrane" Broeckhove)
The L-12 model was shunned by the airlines, but it was the delight of the nascent business aviation, among others, 
and was used by Sidney Cotton to spy on German and Italian military preparations in 1939
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
"Bonanza" and "Texan" two generation of aircraft
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
The OO-JOY was built as an AT-6D by North American in 1944 for the USAAF and was registered with serial number 44-81506
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
The aircraft is painted in the exact markings of an 8th USAAF 353 FG "station hack" based at Raydon in Suffolk in 1944 with serial 313048 
(Apart from the marking of the "sponsor")
(©Roland "Skycrane" Broeckhove)
This aircraft was built at Castle Bromwich in 1945 and originally ordered as an Mk 21 type
(©Roland "Skycrane" Broeckhove)
In August 2017 the SL721 was offered for sale and was acquired by the Belgian pilot Kris Van Den Berghe
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
The Verhees D.1 (Single seat) and D.2 (Two seatter) are Belgian homebuilt flying wing designed by Verhees Engineering
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
The Verhees Delta D2 first flew in early 2018 and is powered by a 100 HP Rotax 912ULS engine
(©Patrick "Patairforce" Brouckaert)
 

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