Text & Pictures: Serge Van Heertum - Translations: Marc Arys  ©sbap 2021
 
Yes, airshows and other aviation events are sorely lacking at the moment and even with the planned 'release' on 9 June, it's not certain that things will return to normal.
As an aviation enthusiast, what can you do to keep your Canon, Nikon and other digital cameras from getting rusty? Observing and photographing around bases and airports is one way to satisfy this passion for the flying world.
So it goes without saying that when an invitation is given to visit and get a closer look at our beloved metal birds, one should jump at the chance.
So here is a tour of Brussels Airport offering a general view of the activities and inactivities caused by this health crisis which we all hope will soon be a bad memory.
As the photo report will show you, the cargo part of the airport is bustling with activity with all kinds of transports (online shopping is a must) and more particularly with vaccines. This intense cargo activity contrasts with the passenger area which is relatively quiet and where you can still see a lot of aircraft in long term storage. Will they ever fly again in the colours they still wear? Nothing is less certain, unfortunately, given the economic stagnation caused by this global pandemic.
Then a quick look at the military side where everything was also quiet as it was a 'no flight' day.
This allowed us to see the present (or past in the making) and the future of transport under the black, yellow and red roundels. We also saw the equipment needed for the implementation of a new aircraft and the tools for the training of the dropping of equipment among other things. And to complete the tour, a visual of the progress of the new infrastructure for the A400M and the personnel of the 15 Transport Wing. Ready for the tour? OK, let's go!
 
Intense activity at Brussels Airport cargo platform
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Sichuan Airlines A330 waiting the next flight
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Special containers for covid vaccines transport
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Boeing 737-4Q8(SF)  EC-NLU from West Atlantic Cargo Airlines
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The typical B737 cargo door
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Truck refueling way
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Some companies use their passenger planes for cargo flights...
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...this will reduce financial losses due to Covid
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Triple Seven beauty
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Pallet arrivals at the plane
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Cargo loading
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Some technical works during the aircraft rotation
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Another DHL plane awaits loading
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A venerable Airbus A300B4 with 26 years of duty
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Little bit more cargo load but from Singapore this time
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RAM's unique Boeing B767 was transformed into cargo version in 2018
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"Amare" on towing
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Belgian Dreamliner is like a diamond...
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The perfect image of what happened to the good old Sabena
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The cartoon OO-SNC
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The Belgian icons series was a fantastic idea
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The "Smurfs" were born in 1958, they haven't taken a single wrinkle
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The business jet side with a Air Ambulance Learjet
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Sad end for "Hercky", he's not in a golden jail
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Belgian way of air travel
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The OO-TNB is the former PH-TFB from TUI Netherlands
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Max will do the max !
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A big bird on the taxiway
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What does "Amare" mean? It means unity, love and friendship.
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OO-SFX at take off heading to the African continent, a precious legacy of Sabena
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"Tintin & Milou" ready for new adventures
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A strong image of the 7th art created in Belgium
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"Et non de dieu que c'est triste Brussels Airport le dimanche avec ou sans Becaud" (Based on Jacques Brel song)
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Many planes are still in storage mode
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All sensitive areas are covered and protected
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Sad view, let's hope a fast come back
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The splendid Airbus A350
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Masked as if to go to the ball
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Etihad Airways was created in 2003 and is based at Abu Dhabi (UAE)
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Another one stored due to Covid situation
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Family Life Hotels make part of the TUI group
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Another Brussels Airlines, Pieter Bruegel livery
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Homage to Flemish master Pieter Bruegel the Elder 
to commemorate the 450th anniversary of his death
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The decoration of the plane is a compilation of 10 works of the Master
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It took the painters Jos De Gruyter and Harald Thys 
19 days to complete the decoration
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Airbus A330-343 from Air Canada waiting his next schedule
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Tail duo
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One of the largest airliners in the world: Emirates
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Majestic take-off of the Emirates Triple Seven
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Another Brussels Airlines at take-off heading Africa
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Dots Tail Story
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A partial view of the "A" pier
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The giant Atlas can breathe a little before the next missions
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The old Falcon 900D is still in the Herpain hangar
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Belgian Army Jankel Fox RRV
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Load and clear
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Load blocking system for the hold of the A400M
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The enormous jacks are also delivered
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Palets ready for material dropping training
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Some other palets and the new elevators to be able to work on engines
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The CH-05 (c/n 382-4470) in the hangar for technical works
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"Mighty Hercules" isn't it?
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Works ongoing on engine #4
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Proud of the national colours
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New engine ready, old one will be removed for maintenance
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View of the turbine and exhaust
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Now a little bit humour: all the CH-13 is not at EBBE...
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...the APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) is still at EBMB... lol
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Look who is at the door!
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It's raining man!
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This is great advice!
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The wisdom of the past and the ardor of the future
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A part of the last one...the CH-01 was on a  mission
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CH-07 (c/n 382-4476)
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CH-12 (c/n 382-4483)
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CH-11 (c/n 382-4482)
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The two first Belgian Air Force aircraft posing for posterity
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We feel very small next to "Atlas"
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The dream would be to have a picture of the 8 aircraft  lined up
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CT-02 nose
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And with CT-03 now
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I was present to see the past and the future...
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The Falcon 7X duet
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Long wings and big winglets
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The only one aircraft wearing the Red Indian crest
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The exhaust of the 3 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307-A
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The royal coat of arms
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Like in a mirror
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OO-FAE for "Force Aérienne"
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OO-LUM (c/n 004)
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OO-FAE (c/n 079)
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The recognition plates: OO-LUM...
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...and OO-FAE
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The loved Belgian Air Force roundel
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The new hangars for the A400M are progressing well
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I remember some view from same point but with the C-119G Flying Boxcar...
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Panoramic view of the Military side to conclude
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