One of the best F-16 flying display returns to the major Airshows 2016.

Belgian F-16 Demo Team

The Belgian Air Force F-16 Solo Display Team for 2015-2017 is based at Kleine Brogel AB. The home base of the BAF F-16 Solo Display Team shifts between Kleine Brogel and Florennes AB every two to three years. In 2015 the Florennes team - who had acted as the BAF representatives between 2012 and 2014 - handed over their responsibility to Kleine Brogel AB for showcasing the BAF F-16 Solo Display Team for the coming period. 

The BAF F-16 Solo Display Team is comprised of personnel from both resident units at Kleine Brogel being 31 and 349 squadrons. Commandant Tom "Gizmo" De Moortel is flying his second season as the display pilot for the BAF F-16 Solo Display Team.

The demo might seem spectacular to the general public, but in fact contains standard F-16 manoeuvres which are flown during practise sessions as operational missions. The only difference between real life operations and this demo is that these manoeuvres are flown in a smooth pattern and at very low altitude. This does mean the demo puts a lot of G forces on the pilot which limits the demo to a maximum of around 15 minutes, giving the audience an overview of the F-16s manoeuvrability and the skills of all F-16 pilots in the Belgian Air Force.

The 2016 schedule is not published yet, but in accordance with the event websites, the dates are as follows:

29 Maggio / May – Meeting du Centenaire Creil (France)
04 - 05 Giugno / June – Bellaria Air Show (Italy)
10 - 11 Giugno / June – RNLAF Open Days
19 Giugno / June – Danish Air Show
25 - 26 Giugno / June – Belgian Air Force Days, Florennes (Belgium)
09 - 10 Luglio / July – Royal International Air Tattoo RIAT, Fairford (UK)
27 - 28 Agosto / August – Slovak International Air Fest SIAF (Slovakia)
02 - 03 Settembre / September – Airpower, Zeltweg (Austria)
17 - 18 Settembre / September – NATO Air Days in Ostrava (Czech Republic)

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