Five Days of Airshow Madness in Belgium Part Two: 9th SUNSET AIRSHOW

10 Sep 2021Author: René Vink BLOG
Patrouille Suisse at the 9th International Sanicole Airshow Sunset Show
Overview of the spectators area during the 9th International Airshow Sunset Show
Belgian Air Force A-109 Display Team dropping flares at the 9th International Airshow Sunset Show

After two years of cancelled events and pandemic lockdown WE ARE BACK!!

We’ve been trying and planning to attend several events leading up to the 42nd International Sanicole Airshow’ (ISA21), 9th ISA21 Sunset Airshow and ‘Extraordinary Tiger Meet’ (XTM) held in Belgium.

As far as the spectators side of things everything got green-lit. So our visit to the Sunset show was on! After shooting the arrivals in between the cornfields of Kleine-Brogel Airbase we drove to Hechtel-Eksel Aerodrome for the 9th ISA Sunset Airshow.
With good weather we saw the RAF Red Arrows, Patrouille Suisse, BAF A-109 display, HuAF JAS-39 Gripen display, BAF ‘Vador’ in his ‘Dark Falcon’ F-16 and the Scandinavian Airshow Skycat Wingwalkers among others. Lots of Flares and fireworks at dusk!

Five Days of Airshow Madness in Belgium Part One: Arrivals

09 Sep 2021Author: René Vink BLOG

After two years of cancelled events and pandemic lockdown WE ARE BACK!!

We’ve been trying and planning to attend several events leading up to the 42nd International Sanicole Airshow’ (ISA21), 9th ISA21 Sunset Airshow and ‘Extraordinary Tiger Meet’ (XTM) held in Belgium. To no avail, sadly, as restrictions and vaccinations were a big ongoing issue at the time. There were strong rumours that these events would be cancelled too…

Despite that we pressed on with planning a five day trip, hoping all would stay green-lit. And, well, most aspects did! Just the ‘Combined Air Operations’ (COMAO) aspect of the XTM got scrubbed and some restrictions for the attending public were laid down.

The XTM did however see most invited NATO Tiger squadron crews come over to Kleine-Brogel Airbase in the north-western part of Belgium anyway. It made us go-ahead shooting content outside the fence for two days leading up to the Sunset Airshow…

At the Fence: Leeuwarden Airbase

24 Aug 2021Author: René Vink BLOG
Weapons Instructor Training at Leeuwarden Airbase, the Netherlands.
At the fence at Leeuwarden Airbase, the Netherlands.
Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning ll.

Hoping to see some Norwegian Air Force F-35A’s in action my friends Erik, Ruud and I set out to go to Leeuwarden Airbase in the north of the Netherlands. Sadly, that goal didn’t get met but the other flying ops made up for a wonderful day out during the Weapons Instructor Training.

We even got treated to a practice display of the Dutch Hawker Hunter Foundation (DHHF) with their Hunter F.6A, two overhead passes of the ‘Medic01’ H145 aerial ambulance helicopter and a FCF of the newest RNLAF F-35A J-019. Sunny spells and a slight breeze to go with a lot of familiar faces on spotters hill made for a great day out at the fence!