This C-130H is impatienly waiting for it's crew, because it wants to FLY, even it already serves the Belgian Air Force for 40 years now! (Image © Dennis Spronk)

Pre-Party Belgian Style!

This year the 15 Wing Luchttransport (15W LuTpt) of the Belgian Air Component celebrates 40 years of operations with the Hercules transport aircraft, as well as with the Dassault Da-20 VIP airplane. Therefore Open Days are held at 15 Wing’s home base of Brussels Melsbroek on September 21 and 22, 2013.

AIRheads↑FLY visited the base the day before. We offer you a sneak preview of what’s coming. It was a base visit in a typical Belgian way – meaning very relaxed Public Relation supervisors while normal operations continued during our stay. Enjoy this pre-party Belgian Style, and get yourself to Melsbroek during the weekend!

This C-130H is impatiently waiting for it's crew, because it wants to FLY, even it already serves the Belgian Air Force for 40 years now! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
This C-130H is impatiently waiting for its crew, because it wants to FLY, even if it already serves the Belgian Air Force for 40 years now! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
The Indian connection! For the 40 years C-130H anniversary, this C-130H received a very attractive special paint job, which was just finished minutes before it was towed out of the hangar! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
The Indian connection! For the 40 years C-130H anniversary, this Hercules received a very attractive special paint job, which was just finished minutes before it was towed out of the hangar! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
French connection! This Falcon 900B looks very smooth, and will be serving the 15w for many years to come. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
French connection! This Falcon 900B looks very smooth, and will be serving the 15 Wing for many years to come. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Please start me up! This C-130H is getting ready for a parajump mission, together with 5 other brothers (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Please start me up! This C-130H is getting ready for a parajump mission, together with 5 brothers. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
A Hercules will never be boring to see. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
A Hercules will never be boring to see. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Finally! Hercules can do an Elephant walk too! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Finally! Hercules can do an Elephant walk too! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
4 Belgian, 1 Danish and 1 Dutch Hercules took part in the mass parajump mission over the Ardennen. Great to see them make a flypast before landing. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
4 Belgian, 1 Danish and 1 Dutch Hercules took part in the mass parajump mission over the Ardennes. Great to see them make a flypast before landing. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
This Danish operate one of the newest generations of Hercules, the C-130J. Maybe they will celebrate 40 years of C-130J operations in 2050! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
The Danes operate the newest Hercules generation, the C-130J. Maybe they will celebrate 40 years of C-130J operations in 2050! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
This RAF C-130K will soon be history. It will be making it's last flight, when returning home after visiting the 15w celebrations. Bye bye. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
This RAF C-130K will soon be history. It will be making its last flight when returning home after visiting the 15W celebrations. Bye bye. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Embrear ERJ-135/145's also serve the 15w, within the 21 smaldeel (squadron). (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Embraer ERJ 135/145s also serve the 15W, with the 21 Smaldeel (squadron). (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Stop: Politie! The Police also share the ramp space at Brussel Melsbroek military airbase. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Stop: Politie! The police shares the ramp space of Brussels Melsbroek military airbase. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Welcome! Every potential pilot starts training with the SF-260 Marchetti training aircraft. Grrrrrrrr! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Welcome! Every potential pilot starts training with the SF-260 Marchetti training aircraft. Grrrrrrrr! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Bonjour! Another French connection! 2 Cazaux based of the Belgian Air Force arrived for the celebrations. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Bonjour! Another French connection! 2 Cazaux based Alpha Jets of the Belgian Air Force arrived for the celebrations. (Image © Dennis Spronk)

© 2013 AIRheads’ Dennis Spronk