Sanicole Airshow Presents the Belgian Air Force

Belgian Air Force demo pilot Vrieske flying his Dream Viper F-16

You can always count on a strong presence of the Belgian Air Force at Sanicole airshow. The show is heavily and brilliantly supported by the men and women of Kleine-Brogel airbase. And pretty much every squadron of the BAF sent a representative to the show.

There is the star of the Belgian Air Force: our F-16 Solo Display. Vrieske and his Dream Viper got plenty of attention in a previous blog post.

Belgian Air Force demo pilot Vrieske flying his Dream Viper F-16

But there were so much more demonstrations of the Belgian Air Force. Starting with the newest addition: the Airbus A400M Atlas of the 15th Wing Air Transport.

The new Belgian Air Force heavy lifter: Airbus A400M Atlas
The new Belgian Air Force heavy lifter: Airbus A400M Atlas

The home team has something to add to the airshow too. KeeBee’s 31SQN displayed their Thunder Tigers. And they few escort for the Ait Belgium Airbus A330 on one of its passes.

2021 XTM X-Tiger of Belgian Air Force 31SQN
The Thunder Tigers formation of the Belgian Air Force 31SQN flying the F-16 Fighting Falcon
A Belgian Air Force F-16 from 31SQN escorting an Airbus A330 from Air Belgium

The 40th squadron, still based at Koksijde airbase, displayed the SAR capabilities of their NH-90FN. 40SQN is probably the most famous squadron of the Belgian Air Force. Back in the days when they still flew on Seaking they were the star of the hit TV-series Windkracht 10.

NHIndustries NH90 from the Belgian Air Force

They were not the only helicopter demonstration team though. The team of Razzle Blades, flying out of Beauvechain, demonstrated the Augusta A-109.

Belgian Air Force A109 Display Team

And they last but to least: the Red Devils. Part of the 1st Wing out of Beauvechain and currently, flying the SIA Marchetti SF260, the Red Devils have been my favorite air force demonstration team since the 1970’s.

BAF Red Devils Flying SIAI-Marchetti SF.260
BAF Red Devils Flying SIAI-Marchetti SF.260
BAF Red Devils Flying SIAI-Marchetti SF.260
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