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The most interesting aircraft displayed at the Belgian Air Force Days

Here are some stunning photos of the Belgian Air Force Days, held at Kleine Brogel airbase.

On Sept. 13 – 14, Kleine Brogel airbase, in Belgium, hosted the Belgian Air Force Days, an airshow attended by several interesting local and foreign aircraft whose main themes were the +100 years of Military Air Power and the 40th anniversary of the F-16.

The air show, preceded by a Spotter Day on Sept. 12, was particularly interesting, as it featured not only the usual solo display of several aircraft types, including the Dassault Rafale and the Mig-29, but also a tactical event whose aim was to provide the spectators a better insight on the how the Belgian Air Force is integrated in a NATO operation: the BAF set up a fictional scenario based on the current PSO (Peace Support Operations) in Afghanistan, within which 10 F-16 jets, supported by A-109 and Mi-24 helicopters, B-Hunter UAV (from 80th UAV squadron of the BAF) and NATO E-3A AWACS demonstrated some of their capabilities to the public.

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Among the most interesting aircraft that took part in the BAF Days there were two Slovak Air Force Mig-29s, a single seater and a two-seat aircraft (the latter in static display only) belonging to the N° 1 Squadron. The Slovak Air Force is equipped with 12 Mig-29s based at Sliac.

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Even the Polish Air Force flew its Mig-29 Fulcrum, an aircraft they have used to provide Baltic Air Policing until Sept. 1.

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Another interesting aircraft was the F-16C Block 52+ of the Hellenic Air Force Solo Demonstration team “Zeus” from Souda Bay airbase, in Crete. The team, formed in 2009, flew its first official demo flight in November 2010 and has so far made only a few overseas appearances.

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Other highlights of the show included the special colored F-16 of the Solo Turk, the Turkish Air Force F-16 demo team, the Mirage 2000Ns of the RAMEX Delta display team of the French Air Force, the Dutch F-16 and AH-64 demo teams, the F-16 solo display of the Belgian Air Component, as well as the 7-ship Alpha Jet from 11sm formation of the Belgian Air Force.

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Several display teams took part in the show. Along with the world-famous Frecce Tricolori, Red Arrows and Patrouille de France, that have been flying for 50 years, there were also the PC-7 Team, the Team Breitling, the Royal Jordanian Falcons and a relatively new team on the airshow scene: the United Arab Emirates air force’s Al Fursan, or “The Knights”.

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The team flies six MB-339 trainers, the same aircraft as the Frecce Tricolori the team that helped the Al Fursan display team, in an attractive black and gold colour scheme, symbolizing the desert with oil underneath, with the colours of the United Arab Emirates’ flag on the bottom of the planes. The flag’s colours are also the colours of their smoke: white, red, green and black.

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All the images in this post were taken by The Aviationist’s photographer Alessandro Fucito during the BAF Days.

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Image credit: The Aviationist’s Alessandro Fucito

 

Here’s another epic series of F-16 cockpit GoPro videos

The Portuguese Air Force has released some really interesting footage. Including a segment recorded during a dogfight with a Polish Mig-29.

The following videos show the F-16 jets of the Portuguese Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa – FAP) which operates a fleet of 25 F-16AM-15MLU and 5 F-16BM-15MLU two seater Fighting Falcons.

The first one brings you aboard a PoAF F-16AM of the Esquadra 301 during a training mission from Monte Real airbase, located to the north of Lisbon.

The following videos show an F-16 of the Esq 301 performing BFM (Basic Fighter Maneuvers) with a Polish Mig-29 Fulcrum. On Sept. 1, Portugal took over the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission from Poland. Six PoAF F-16s are currently deployed to Siauliai airbase, in Lithuania.

And here below you can watch the footage filmed during the flyby which celebrated the handover between the 35th and 36th Baltic Air Policing rotations. It shows the Portuguese F-16 flying in formation with a Polish Mig-29, a British Eurofighter Typhoon and a Canadian CF-18.

H/T to our reader War Junior for the heads up.

 

Serbia’s Mig-29 Fulcrum jets return to service thanks to donation by Russia

Serbian Mig-29s airborne again thanks to the batteries donated by Moscow.

Serbian Air Force Mig-29s returned to active service on Sept. 2, when a Fulcrum jet flew with accumulators provided by Russia.

The jets were grounded four months ago because of battery isses that made them unfit to fly.

According to the Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic the donation, a gift by Russian President Vladimir Putin, enabled the Serbian Air Force to resume the air defense service after a long time.

Here is a video showing the first Serbian Mig-29 Fulcrum flying again for the first time since last Spring.

H/T to Dragan Mejic for the heads-up.

Image credit: Serbian MoD via inSerbia

 

[Photo] Pro-Russia separatists have shot down another Ukrainian Mig-29 Fulcrum

Luhansk fighters have shot down another Ukrainian Air Force Mig-29 Fulcrum

On Sunday Aug. 17, pro-Russia separatists have shot down another Ukrainian Air Force Mig-29 Fulcrum in East Ukraine. The aircraft has been identified as “White 53″.

This is the second Ukrainian Mig-29 assigned 40th Tactical Aviation Bde, Vasylkiv AFB, shot down in the last weeks: another Fulcrum, identified as “Blue 02″ was downed on Aug. 7.

According to the spokesman for Kiev’s military operation Leonid Matyukhin, who spoke to Ukrainian Channel 5, the pilot ejected and was taken to a safe place.

Indeed, images of the ejection seat, along with parts of the wreckage appeared on several Russian media outlets and forums.

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Image credit: militarizm.livejournal.com/

H/T to Babak Taghvee for posting the link to the images with some details about the plane on ACIG forum.

 

Ukrainian Mig-29 Fulcrum evacuated from Crimea, back to operational status

Ukrainian Air Force combat planes stored in the peninsula were redeployed to airbases in mainland Ukraine when Crimea was invaded. Including a Mig-29 that is now back to flight status.

When Russian forces invaded Crimea Ukrainian Air Force aircraft deployed near Sevastopol were dismantled, loaded on trucks and relocated to the mainland Ukraine.

But 7 healthy MiG-29, MiG-29UB two seater Fulcrums and 3 L-39 stored there remained on the Crimean repair plant.

Mothballed Fulcrums were quickly reassembled and put back to flight status to join the other Ukrainian air force Mig-29s, Su-27s, Su-25s, Mil Mi-24s and some Soviet-era UAVs fighting pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukrainian (where Malaysia Airlines MH17 was shot down last month).

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has released an image of the first Mig-29 Fulcrum that was re-assembled and brought back to operational status.

Image credit: Ukraine MoD