was undoubtedly a busy month for Brussels airport and the adjoining
Melsbroek military base.
In addition to passenger and cargo traffic, military traffic was
intense due to the visit of the new American President Joe Biden and
the mythical Air Force One.
With just over 400 photos presented, we thought it appropriate to
separate things into two pages, one focusing on commercial or
business aviation and the other marking military or government
traffic. In spite of this separation, some aircraft in the civil
domain had been "charted" by the Belgian defence...
Let's start with the civilian part with a slight increase in
passenger traffic since the changes announced by the government on 9
June. Indeed, the bridles are released, as if by chance on the eve
of the summer holidays, the figures are good, Belgium is tending
towards the green etc... I'm really curious to see the announcements
of September, announced disaster???
On the cargo side, where some companies use passenger aircraft to
transport goods and thus try to reduce losses, let's note the
arrival of Dreamliners from the Royal Air Maroc company or the more
exotic Kenya Airways. In terms of pure cargo, we note the arrival on
several occasions of the Bermuda-registered Longtail company. The
ballet of cargo planes was of course ensured by companies that have
now become regulars such as ABX Air, Aerotranscargo or Amerijet.
June was also the month when the 4th and last Air Belgium A330F
(OO-SEA) returned from Dublin after being painted and still needing
some finishing touches at Brussels Airport.
Commercial aviation has its icons like the Brussels Airlines OO-SNA
in the colours of the "Red Devils" (I'm talking about the
footballers here...) who preferred to "charter" a luxury
business jet from the Baltic States rather than use the banal A320
in red, as a result of which the logo (red Trident on a yellow
background) was changed for that of the fan club... In addition the
"fans" travelled with a Fokker 100 Carpatian Airlines...
we're going way down!
Another icon of Brussels Airlines, the OO-SNC plane with the
beautiful paintings of the Belgian painter Magritte, has been
replaced by a banal white paint scheme with "Star
Alliance" markings... another disappointing disappearance.
But let's leave the air buses behind and move on to the armed
The 15th Wing had its share of missions of all kinds, including a
royal flight taking King Philippe I and Prince Gabriel on a troop
and equipment drop mission. The 15th Wing was also visited for 3
full days by a C-130 from our Dutch neighbours of the KLU who flew
several airdrops per day. The reason for this is not known and it
was quite an unusual move.
But the highlight of June was undoubtedly the US presidential visit
from 13 June to 15 June. In the days leading up to and following
this visit, a festival of C-17A Globemaster III's was held in the
vicinity of the European capital's airport. Festival yes and not
only with C-17A (majority it is true...) but also with C-32A, C-40B,
E-4B or even C-130J. In short, a delight for US military transport
enthusiasts. The visit of Joe Biden also brought a considerable
number of government flights and the Turkish delegation was not left
out with the deployment of an A400M, an A319CJ and of course the
A330 (Air Force Erdogan One...). The morning of June 14 was a
continuous ballet allowing, among other things, to immortalize the
A321 airbus operated by Titan Airways but bearing the marks of the
United Kingdom and displaying a military flight number. This rarity
is, for the record, christened by aviation enthusiasts "Boris
One". There was also another rarity in Brussels, the C-150
Polaris from far away Canada.
Let's also note the discreet presence of two French Air Force Twin
Otters with a plain white paint job and intended for the deployment
of Special Forces. Wouldn't Macron's gang trust the Belgian Defence?
After this 'Grand Circus' as Pierre Clostermann would have said,
things calmed down by necessity, but Brussels was still the scene of
highly interesting visits such as the visit of the Algerian Air
Force, the government aircraft of the State of Kuwait or an Iraqi
As you will see from the pictures, June was a busy month for the
image and aircraft hunters.
In conclusion, the SBAP team wishes you a good holiday already, be
careful and we are not a team of clairvoyants, but we see September
as a return to the clampdown due to "Summer Government
on the desired category