The Air Force naturally attaches great importance to reliable and sound equipment for all its employees. It is therefore no surprise that it also calls on Safety Jogger's Belgian quality wear. And surprise: Safety Jogger also manages a nice collection of classic aircraft!
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A chunk of nostalgia completes the programme of the Belgian Air Force Days 2023! We all know the current team of the Red Devils on Marchetti SF260, but the heyday of the Belgian Air Force's demonstration team was probably back in the days of the Fouga Magister. The Red Devils would perform all over Western Europe with their bright red Fougas to thrill the crowds.
Meet the Thunder Tigers: four operational F-16 pilots of 31 “Tiger” Squadron, based in Kleine-Brogel.
Led by “TOBI”, they will show you their all during the Belgian Air Force Days.
During Belgian Air Force Days, not only can you marvel at spectacular demos of military aircraft in the sky, you can also admire unique aircraft on the ground in the varied static exhibition. With many of them, the crews will be present to tell you more about the qualities of their marvels of technology. We would like to spotlight some remarkable participants from foreign partners of the Belgian Air Force.
Anyone working in the air force right now or in the future will surely encounter the Eurofighter Typhoon, part of the new generation of fighter aircraft in service with our European partners.
During the Belgian Air Force Days airshow, you too will be able to admire this aircraft during a spectacular solo demonstration by the Spanish Air Force.
Many airmen take their first steps in aviation at a local flying club. Belgium has many clubs where the pleasure of flying is accessible to all and a rich club life adds life to the local community.
The Belgian air force has a long and proud tradition. While it only became an independent branch in 1946, military aviation in Belgium started as early as 1909. During the Second World War, two current-day Belgian squadrons originated within the Royal Air Force, 350 squadron, nowadays at Florennes, and 349 squadron, based at Kleine-Brogel since 1996.
As a military fighter pilot, what do you do when you are regularly subjected to extreme G-forces while performing spectacular manoeuvres? In the case of Kristof Cloetens: seek out even more G-forces in your leisure time.
Cutting edge, forward thinking, adaptability, flexibility, working with the latest technologies, all this characterises working in the air force in an ever-changing world. To meet these new challenges, the air force commissioned new types into service in recent years, and with them introduced new capabilities within the air force.
Training the “new generation” is a key element for an organisation like the Air Force. Trainee pilots learn to master increasingly complex systems during their journey, until they can eventually handle the most advanced aircraft. This requires specialised training aircraft.
The Polish Air Force has a diverse and modern fleet of training aircraft in service, and one type is even Polish-made: the PZL-130 Orlik (eagle).
The Greek Air Force certainly does not think so and named the demonstration team of their most advanced operational fighter after the supreme god of classic Greek mythology: Zeus. Zeus will present the state-of-the-art F-16C Fighting Falcon during the Belgian Air Force Days.
The famous Belgian air force Red Devils have been the air force's most tricoloured flagbearers for many years. With their bright red colour and the Belgian flag beautifully adorning the underside of the wings, they proudly display their origins at home and abroad.
Many of the new generation are taking their first steps in aviation with the Belgian Air Cadets. Here, they learn the ropes of flying under the guidance of experienced instructors with high-performance ASK-gliders during regular training camps.
It goes without saying that the Belgian A-109 solo demonstration team “Razzle Blades” is one of the main stars at the Belgian Air Force Days. Captains Stijn Soenen and Jo Jacobs of 17th squadron at Beauvechain will proudly show off the maneuverability of their gorgeous Agusta A-109.
Many people have their first flight experience aboard a large passenger aircraft. During the Belgian Air Force Days you can see such an aircraft in action.
Flying rescue missions is true teamwork. The heroic deeds of the helicopter crews appeal to everyone's imagination. During the demonstration of the W-3 Sokol of the Czech Air Force, the main role is clearly claimed by 2 crew members outside the cabin.
A show dedicated to the 'new generation' would not be complete without the future showpiece of the Belgian Air Force. The air force is always looking for new qualified people. As an inclusive employer, the Air Force values equal opportunities, and the following demonstration gives this point some extra shine.
Aviation is not just a job, it's a passion. Small wonder then that many people are also passionate about it in their spare time! This certainly also applies to the volunteers of the Dutch "Koninklijke Luchtmacht Historische Vlucht", who will present two of their showpieces during the Belgian Air Force Days.
Air force operations are often complex, and everything must run smoothly. This is perhaps even more crucial when the pride of the nation rests on your shoulders. In order to convey the most positive image possible, thorough professionalism and cooperation are necessary components for success.
When talking about aviation, you immediately think of innovation, and the following two aircraft are two prime examples of fighter aircraft that were far ahead of their time and made young people dream of a career in the air force years ago. Both aircraft come from Sweden, a country with a long tradition of building aircraft for its own air force, primarily from manufacturer Saab, and perhaps surprisingly, remarkably innovative fighters for their time.
“Promoting the art and science of aviation” is very much in line with “join the new generation”, so the next team fits the central theme of the Belgian Air Force Days 2023 perfectly!
Belgian Air Force Senior Captain Steven De Vries, better known as “Vrieske”, is the first F-16 Pilot outside the US to have surpassed the 5,000 hours on the mighty Viper.
Experience the legendary Do228 (also known as Dornier 228) live at the Belgian Air Force Days. The airshow flight program for the Do228 demonstrates the speed ranges and agile handling qualities of the aircraft and will be performed by the skilled pilots of the aircraft OEM General Atomics AeroTec Systems.
Cooperation between different components is of vital importance during military operations. A very visible example of this is the cooperation between the paratroopers of the land component and the crews of the A400M of the air component.
Working at Belgian Defense means that you have a lot of contacts with foreign colleagues. These international partnerships are an enormous enrichment for all military personnel. Members of our international partners will be happy to meet you during the Belgian Air Force Days 2023 in Kleine-Brogel.