2 days 4 hours ago
CCD 2018 - Mountain Home (USA) and Cold Lake (Canada)
Our deployment to North-America is on its way.
We are first performing a Block Training at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho (Home base of the F-15E Strike Eagle in the Northern part of the USA) and then we will take part to the 51st iteration of the Maple Flag exercise in Cold Lake, Alberta (Home base of the CF-18 Hornets for Western Canada).
Of course many pictures and stories will be shared with you!
Stay tuned.. and Sting On!
2 weeks 6 hours ago
Diamonds are forever!
Have a happy Thursday dear friends!
A la Premiere!
2 weeks 6 days ago
Our mighty Deltas with the even more mighty Tomcat. Full story below, thanks to Belgian Wings 🙂
Formation flying with the mighty Tomcat and the story on how it happened thanks to David Parsons (USN F-14 Pilot Ret) for the permission to share the story and pic
It started after chance encounter (in a bar) with 3 Belgian Mirage V Pilots on they way home from eastern Med Det. We had 2 Tomcats based at Sig while ship was moored off Catania. We rotated 2 aircrews ashore via Helo daily for low level flights. I proposed a formation flight but they said they would be tight on gas so I openly wondered what if we took off first and allowed them to overtake us so we could do it on their departure route. They agreed to try but we all agreed to keep the Italian ATC folks in the dark.....So I was stalling away on the radio trying to appease the Italian controller who wasn’t sure what he was or was not seeing on his scope (I had “strangled my parrot (IFF)”) so he was only seeing the IFF return for them, but wondering where we were....so I was telling them we were on low level and giving position reports well in advance of where we would be...
Source: Christophe Vandepitte / Belgian Wings
Désolé de contredire ! Le commentaire de la NAVY est correct mais il ne s'agit pas d'une mission du 1st Squadron. Même si les avions portent le Chardon, les pilotes appartiennent à la 8ème escadrille en staging à Sigonella le 21 oct 1984. Le leader des Cocottes est le CO de la 8ème escadrille, Marcel "Celle" Van der Auwera
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4 weeks 18 hours ago
3 days ago, our new Belgian Air Force Solo Display has been revealed to the public. The Dark Falcon will perform breathtaking displays during the best European airshows! The scheme is a nod to the pilot’s callsign: Vador!
Vador flew for more than 15 years in our squadron. We wish him the best for the coming 3 seasons! Sting the sky for us!!!
Here is the big moment. With great pride, the Belgian Air Force presents the "DarkFalcon." This #F16, registration number FA-101, was transformed by the painting section of 2WTac in Florennes into the Belgian Air Force F-16 Solo Display jet The result is beautiful.
The next three years, the plane will be piloted by snr captain Stefan Darte ‘Vador’. We wish Vador and his team a lot of success and especially many safe landings.
1 month 20 hours ago
Because I was... inverted!
Have a great week dear friends!
1 month 3 days ago
Ready for take off!
Have a good week-end dear friends!
Stingers go Japan!
Thanks to the group Vortex-images, an article about our centenary will be published in the next edition (May 2018) of Koku-Fan, a reference in Japan!
Thank you for exporting our Squadron to the other side of the world!
A la Premiere!
VORTEX-images is proud to announce the publication of our "Stinger" article in the Japanese aviation magazine Koku-Fan
1st Squadron "Stingers" 文林堂 航空ファン Koku-Fan / Bunrindo Co., Ltd.
The beauty of flying!
Thanks Boris and Stef for the pictures!!!