2017 Event Review

BELGIAN HELIDAYS April 12, 2017

 

Location: Beauvechain Air Base, Belgium
Admission: 30 € spotter registration fee, 10 € for adult 5 € for children at the gate on event day
Parking: Free
Value: Good
Rating out of 10: 7.5
 
United States Army Special Forces Black Daggers Parachute Team

Patch of the Belgian Helidays 2017

This year, the Belgian Air Force organized the "Belgian Helidays" at the Beauvechain Air Base. On April 12th, the air base was open to the public. April 11 was "arrival day" for helicopters from 7 countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Netherlands, and United States of America).

A limited number of about 400 aviation enthusiasts and spotters were given the opportunity to take photos of the helicopters flying in and hovering close by to their parking position. Another kind of action was the presentation of a Combined Air Operation (COMAO). Under aerial cover by an US Army AH-64 Apache and an A109 helicopter with a door mounted machine gun along with a pair of Belgian F-16s, a NH90 TTH from the 18th Squadron, impressively demonstrated the insertion and extraction of a Special Forces team in a hostile environment.

The highlight of the day was the sunset/night shooting of an A-109 and a NH90 with their electrical systems powered up and the helicopters illuminated by spotlights.

The Aviation Magazine thanks the 1st Wing and the Belgian Air Force Public Relations Department.
Participants:
Helicopter type Unit Air Force

Sea King Mk41

MFG 5

German Navy

EC135T1

IntHubschrAusbZ

German Army

EC135P2+

MFG 5

German Navy

A109BA

1 Wing / 17 Sqn

Belgian Air Force

SA316B

40 Sqn

Begiaan lNavy

AH-64DN

301 Sqn

RNAF

AH-64D

1-3rd AVN

US Army

SA316B

VeHSSta

Austrian Air Force

AS555AN EH03.067

French Army

MD902 Federale Politie Belgian Police
Mi-24V/Mi-35 221.vrl Czech Air Force


Report and photography by Ralf Peter Walter for The Aviation Magazine

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