Florennes Air Base Spottersday 2021
Due to the strict measures in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19), the planned Belgian Air Force Days in 2021 were cancelled. Nevertheless, a special spottersday was organized on June 24, 2021 at the Florennes Air Base for about four hundred visitors. This event was all about the 75th anniversary of the Belgian Air Force and the 80th anniversary of the 350 Squadron which is based at the Florennes Air Base. The spotters and aviation enthousiasts had to park their car along the secondary runway after which everyone had to stay near their car to watch the show. During the show in the afternoon everyone could enjoy beautiful demonstrations of the official demo teams of the Belgian Air Force. There were demonstrations of the Red Devils with their Marchetti training aircraft, the A109 'Razzle Blade' helicopter and the F-16 'Dark Falcon'. In addition, for this spottersday there were also demonstrations of the Belgian Air Cadets, a C-130 transport aircraft and a Spitfire warbird. Throughout the afternoon, visitors could also enjoy flybys of an Airbus A330 MRTT tanker aircraft and an Airbus A400M military transport aircraft.
Unfortunately the weather conditions in the afternoon were not good due to low clouds but as the evening fell the weather got better and everyone got the chance to move by car to another side of the air base. At this part of the airbase everyone had the opportunity to admire the participating aircraft and helicopters up close. As it got dark, some F-16 fighter planes, the Rad Devils and the A109 Razzle Blade helicopter were specially lit so that they could be photographed nicely. Despite the bad weather in the afternoon, this spottersday was very successful because it was very well organized and the aircraft were set up very well during the sunset shoot.
An Airbus A330 MRTT tanker aircraft.
A NH90 TTH helicopter of the Belgian Air Force.
An Airbus A400M military aircraft of the Belgian Air Force.
Text & photos: Kris Christiaens
Location: Florennes Air Base, Belgium
More info: Belgian Air Force