Belgium Airforce Days
Finally, an event for which we have waited so long, and this year, it was the 2023 Belgium Airforce Days.
Last year, we had the Sanicole Airshow, which was always a pleasure to visit. This year, we had an Air Force base open for the public.
Klein Brogel was the destination to travel on the 8th, 9th and 10th of September.
I acquired a Spotters Day ticket for Friday the 8th, tailored for genuine military aviation aficionados.
These events are organized each year exclusively for a specific group.
Obviously, during these days, you’ll be able to take photos of aircraft and helicopters, which can be pretty special.
The second ticket was for the 9th of September because the Airbase was open to the big public.
For example, 2 Panavia Tornados from the German Air Force. The Tornado is one of my big favourites.
And then we could see more common fighter planes, of course, but I had never seen one from the Portuguese Air Force. They showed up with the F-16 Falcon.
The fun factor was that one of their planes just made 100 flight hours compared to the 8000 flight hours of the Belgium Air Force F-16, FA-95.
This plane had its final hours this weekend and will retire afterwards.
During the Sanicole events, Sweden was at the party every year. This year, we were fortunate enough to witness two vintage fighter planes at the 2023 Belgium Airforce Days. These were the Saab 35 Draken and the Saab 37 Vigen.
Saab 35 Draken was an interceptor fighter from the Swedish aircraft factory Saab. This fighter plane was operational in Denmark, Finland, Austria and Sweden air forces. Its first flight was on 25 Oktober 1955.
As a successor of the Saab 35 Draken, the Saab 37 Viggen was showing up. This aircraft was crafted with versatility, serving various purposes such as assault, pursuit, aerial defence, intelligence gathering, and instruction. Its maiden flight took place in February 1967.
In the gallery of November, you’ll see some photos of these beasts.
During this weekend, we were fortunate with good weather. It was excellent.
On Friday, I was on the airfield from 09.00 to 16.30 hours. The temperature was 30 degrees Celsius.
Unfortunately, not all stands and exhibitions were open this Friday, making getting drinks or food difficult.
Of course, you have water and food with you during such an event, but with these temperatures. I did not have enough.
The organization made arrangements, but it was not close to where I stood.
I was completely done.
I decided not to go the next day due to the high temperatures.
Instead, together with my girlfriend Sylvia, I went sightseeing in Hasselt. Later that Saturday, we had dinner in Genk.
Of course, it was still hot that day, but at least we could sit on a terrace in the shade with a cold drink.
The cities are worth it to look around for a day.
On Sunday, when we returned home, we passed the air base very close by.
We arrived at 11.30 hours to view the shows from the other side of the airfield! Totally a different view this time.
We finally went home, late in the evening, with many more photos too.
After this September adventure, I have loads of photos.
In November and December, I’ll show the best of them. At the end of the month, you’ll be able to see the complete galleries.
Please keep an eye on my social media channels and enjoy!!
You all take care for now!