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1st Squadron "Stingers"

2 days 4 hours ago

CCD 2018 - Mountain Home (USA) and Cold Lake (Canada)

Dear friends,

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!

1st Squadron "Stingers"

6 days 6 hours ago

MISREP: EAPM2017

Dear friends, here is an article about our deployment in Amari Air Base during Enhanced Air Policing Mission 2017, led by our squadron with great support of 2W Tac maintenance and support teams.

Article by Luc Dujardin

1st Squadron "Stingers"

2 weeks 6 hours ago

Diamonds are forever!

Have a happy Thursday dear friends!

A la Premiere!

1st Squadron "Stingers"

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

1st Squadron "Stingers"

4 weeks 18 hours ago

Dear friends,

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.

1st Squadron "Stingers"

1 month 20 hours ago

Because I was... inverted!

Have a great week dear friends!

1st Squadron "Stingers"

1 month 3 days ago

TGIF!

Ready for take off!

Have a good week-end dear friends!

1st Squadron "Stingers"

1 month 1 week ago

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.

1st Squadron "Stingers"

1 month 1 week ago

The beauty of flying!

Thanks Boris and Stef for the pictures!!!