Koksijde Airshow 2006 Photo-page


A short photographic overview of some personal highlights of the highly succesful KOKSIJDE AIRSHOW 2006 by Jos Schoofs and Daniel Brackx


A fine pilot in a fine aircraft: Michaël “Mickey” Artiges is seen here taking off for his first large public solo display of the F-16 in Belgium. And he perfomed very well…

The latest Belgian Air Component display team is the Fouga Pair. It is composed of Lieutenant-General Jean-Paul “Pedro” Buyse and solo display pilot Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Rorive, flying a pair of Fouga CM.170 Magisters. The team made its first public appearance at the Koksyde Air Show on July 1st and displayed again on July 2nd at Koksijde and Cambrai. The unique show is immensely appreciated, as numerous requests for participation in air shows in Belgium and abroad continue to be submitted with No. 1 Wing ever since.

The very docile Agusta A.109BA can become a highly manoeuvrable combat helicopter as demonstrated by Belgian Heli Wing’s H-23.

The Belgian Air Component, formerly known as the Belgian Air Force, celebrates is 60th anniversary this year. A number of vintage aircraft evoked memories of days gone by, such as this Douglas DakotaA F-AZTE (c/n 9172) of France DC3, disguised for the occasion as K-24 CW-X in an early Belgian Air Force colour scheme. The aircraft carries the logo of 60 Years Belgian Air Force on the portside of its nose.

In the category of "Those magnificent men in their flying machines": Eric Vormezeele in his Noorduyn built North American AT-16ND Harvard IIB OO-DAF (c/n 14A-1494). Ten years ago, the aircraft was painted in the type’s standard Belgian Air Force colour scheme to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the post-war Belgian Air Force on August 13th 1946. That 50th anniversary is also the explanation for the serial number H-50.

Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight Supermarine Spitfire LF.Mk IXc, MK732 (PH-OUQ) representing the earliest equipment of the 60year "young" Belgian Air Force

A large selection of military fast jets filled the Coxyde sky with the sound of freedom during the entire air show weekend. Spanish Air Force Avions Marcel Dassault Mirage F.1M C.14-36/14-18 of Albacete’s Ala 14 was displayed in a traditional, but very impressive way. The unit will convert to the Typhoon from 2008 onwards.

Another, more contemporary member of the Dassault family presented at the Koksijde Air Show was Mirage 2000C 17/5-OZ of Escadron de Chasse 02.005 “Ile de France”. It is based at Orange airbase in France.

The Schweizer Luftwaffe became a regular guest at the Belgian coast in the past few years. This year, it was present with a pair of McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornets and seven Northrop F-5E Tiger II aircraft of the Patrouille Suisse.

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet J-5020 was presented to the Belgian public in a solo display.

The Czech Air Force was one of the first Eastern European air forces that really started to integrate into NATO. The Aero L-159A ALCA (Advanced Light Combat Aircraft) is now fully integrated and NATO compatible as is proven by its participation in the flying programme of NATO’s Tactical Leadership Programme. 6050 belongs to the 21st Tactical Airbase at Cáslav.

All black Dutch KLu Pilatus PC-7 L-02 during its very professional display which was reminiscent of a Second World War fighter.

Being a helicopter base, Koksijde always attracts a large number of rotary wing aircraft, like this Culdrose based Royal Navy EH.101 Merlin HM.1 ZH846/CU-587 of No. 82 Squadron.

Beautifully restored Canadian Vickers Canso PBY-5A Catalina G-PBYA takes of for its spirited demonstration

Shape of things to come....  NHIndustries NH.90 which is to replace a.o. the Seaking in the Search & Rescue role at Koksijde.

Text and pictures by

 Jos Schoofs & Daniel Brackx (July 2006)

Last updated 16/03/12 07:10   Daniel Brackx