This years edition of the belgian
defencedays was to be held at Florennes airbase in the begian
Ardennes just south of Charleroi.I was lucky enough to be selected
as 1 of the supportcrew for our stand of the belgian Navy.We arrived
on the thursday before the arrival of most aircraft which should
take place on the friday when they had organized a spottersday
together with a pressevent.On my arrival the spanish F5's were
already parked at the flightline so they came in well ahead of the
rest of the aircraft.
On friday we had nothing to do because we had build our stand the day before so I could use the entire day to shoot some nice pictures.In the early morning I drove towards the flightline to see what was parked up there and to find to my surprise a romanian IAR99. After a nice chat with their flightchief I found out that it had came here to fly a demo, as support they had brought 1 of their aging AN26 which was parked on the far end of the runway.After my tour around the flightline and the shelters the first busses came in loaded with spotters which were transported towards the photospot near the main runway.
I walked towards this spot aswell to meet up with some of my friends who had signed in for this day and heard that they had payed a grand total of 40€ !! to be able to attend this day.At 1230 they were escorted back towards a new perimeter behind the secondary runway near the crossing of the taxiway behind the VIPtent. 1 of the things what was great on friday was the weather, the temprature was around 25˚C and some small clouds making the sky beautiful.
Jan Eenling© 2006-2010