BELGIAN AF DEMO TEAMS 2017 OFFICIAL PRESENTATION

On May 16, 2017 the Belgian Air Force organized at the Beauvechain Air Base (EBBE) the official presentation of the Belgian demo teams for 2017. 

Belgian F-16 Demo Team (© Kris Christiaens)

These are the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet, the A-109 Agusta helicopter display and the Red Devils formation team. These demo teams are the official ambassadors for Belgium and the Belgian Air Force during several domestic and foreign aviation events and airshows. The purpose of these demo teams is to show the airman ship and skills of the Belgian military pilots and the characteristics and manoeuvrability of the demonstration aircraft. 

Belgian F-16 Demo Team (© Kris Christiaens)

Belgian F-16 Demo Team (© Kris Christiaens)

These demo teams also have the task to recruit young people for the Belgian Air Force and to improve public support. The year 2017 is a special year for the three Belgian demo teams and the Belgian Air Force because it will be the last year of the F-16 demo pilot "Gizmo" and it's also the 25th anniversary of the Belgian A-109 Agusta helicopter. 

Belgian F-16 Demo Pilot "Gizmo" (© Kris Christiaens)

Belgian F-16 Demo Pilot "Gizmo" (© Kris Christiaens)

Belgian Agusta A109 Demo (© Kris Christiaens)

Belgian Agusta A109 Demo (© Kris Christiaens)

Belgian Agusta A109 Demo (© Kris Christiaens)

Belgian Agusta A109 Demo Pilots (© Kris Christiaens)

In addition, in 2017 the Red Devils formation team will also celebrate their 60th anniversary. Especially for this birthday the Red Devils chose the Belgian racing driver Vanina Ickx, daughter of the famous Formula One racing driver Jacky Ickx, to be the god mother of the formation team. 

Belgian Red Devils aerobatic team (© Kris Christiaens)

Belgian Red Devils aerobatic team (© Kris Christiaens)

Belgian Red Devils aerobatic team (© Kris Christiaens)

Belgian Red Devils Pilots and Vanina Ickx (© Kris Christiaens)

Because the three Belgian demo teams are well-known they will participate in 2017 at airshows in Spain, Norway, Finland, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and France.

Look at the BAF F-16 Demo Team 2017 schedule here.

Written by Kris Christiaens

Thanks to Kris for his friendly cooperation (www.kc-photography.be).

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