Aeroclub Sanicole and the Belgian Air Force organize an annual air show, called the International Sanicole Airshow. It is even the only annual Belgian civil aviation show, an there for a very special one. Therefore people from home and abroad come to Hechtel-Eksel airport.
The airshow has become a renowned event that offers plenty of spectacle for everyone.
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I’d visit, together with my girlfriend, the amazing airshow “Wings of Freedom” in Ede, with which 75 years of freedom was celebrated.
The history of our Freedom today
June 6, 1944, Operation Overlord, the code name of the Western allies started to finally liberate Western Europe. After the start of this operation, several temporary airports were built at various locations.
This proved to be very effective and was a major contribution to the liberation of the occupied countries.
I posted, June 6 of this year, about my visit to Airforce base Gilze Rijen, home of the 301 Redskin squadron with their AH-64D Apache helicopters.
Part of the Dutch Royal Airforce and one of the symbols of our freedom, as we know it nowadays.
Freedom, a right, most of us take for granted, not realizing how it was obtained 75 years ago during the horrible World War-II and after that.
The Event “Wings of Freedom”
I did not know what to expect from this event, of course, and it turned out to be a major surprise.
The organisation did build a real airstrip including a traffic control tower!!
For the spectators, a large field was available including all kind of stalls where refreshments and food were available. A lot of people came to see this event.
Accordingly, I heard them calling +30.000 spectators were on the field.
We arrived 09.30 hours, together with my girlfriend, and walked around for a while before the real show started. For my sweetheart, it was the first time she’d visit such an event.
At 12.15pm the event started with the necessary formalities.
Accordingly, the real air show started.
I’ve seen planes, which flew in the WW-II period, I never saw before!
Like the Lysander V9312
Of course, there was a lot more to see and I will post more planes, on my social media, who were active in that crazy period, 75 years ago.
The period we must never forget and remember them who said.
“When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today.”
Wings of Freedom definitely did remember them.
I have one nice event coming up for this month. There are, for now, no more events planned
The Sanicole Airshow. I obtained the tickets already for me and my girlfriend Sylvia. So, I look forward to this amazing day as there will be some very nice fighter planes to see.
While I did not tell you about the Air Force Days Dutch Airforceyet. So I’ll try to post something about that event as soon as possible.
So keep an eye out for any updates.
However, you can also follow me on social media as I have already or will post pictures on a daily base.
Another Dutch event after the Frisian Flag, held at the Leeuwarden Air Base, is the Air Force Days of the Dutch Airforce.
In 2019 the Air Force Days will be on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June at Volkel Air Base.
During these days you will see demonstrations with Dutch and foreign aircraft. Also, a static show with aircraft on the ground will be there.
As always, the event is free for young and old.
The theme of these Air Force Days is “We are the Air Force”.
From 1 to 12 April 2019, another Frisian Flag training will be held at Leeuwarden Air Base. Participants will fly twice a day.
Purpose of the Frisian Flag exercise.
The purpose of the Frisian Flag is to train pilots on cooperation. These kinds of international exercises make it possible for pilots and soldiers to act together in, among other things, difficult situations. Pilots in areas such as Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq were often confronted with a large coalition of power; exercises such as Frisian Flag are essential to be able to perform the procedures as well as possible.
For more information please visit the sit of the LvnLL
On this site, you’ll find information on the time schedule, parking, safety issues etc. The site is in the Dutch language.
From Sunday 8 April to Friday 20 April, Leeuwarden Air Base hosted the large-scale international exercise Frisian Flag 2018.
I had the opportunity to visit this major event in the north of our beautiful country on April 16th. An early start that morning and on my way to the spotter’s hill close to runway 05.
After parking my car it didn’t take long before the first wave took off.
Except for the Polish MIG-29 Fulcrum’s (2x) all countries took off, returning within an hour and a half.
After all, planes were back and safely landed we had a break for about an hour or so before the second wave started.
Well, at the end of the day the total clicks of my camera were up with a bit more than 3200 photos taken. (o my god… )
Anyway, I had a great day and it felt good to be back close to the base again.
For a first impression of the photos, have a look at my Portfolio under Aviation_Military.
I’ll add more soon after I have sorted them all… (which is still a lot)