Belgian Airshow over the Years


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Since man has mastered the art of flying, pilots were able to display their skills at specially organised "airshows" or "meetings". In Belgium such an event was already organised for the first time in May 1908 when Henry Farman demonstrated his aeroplane in front of a patient but astonished public at Gent.

Already before the First World War several venues were organised which then were centered on competitions to extend the boundaries and possibilities of both men and machine. Over the years visitors could admire the incredible aerobatic demonstrations of pilots which often reached stardom not unlike today's rock stars. Jan Olieslagers, Pierre de Caters, Nicolas Kinet, Jules Tyck, Charles Van den den Born and first Belgian female aviatrix Helène Dutrieu were among the most famous participating Belgian pre-war pilots. After World War I airshows became major crowd pleasers which more and more took on the form of shows we know today. Industry and defence seeing the advantages of demonstrating their latest hardware were very present at Interbellum venues. After World War II airshow grew larger and larger as did the attendance.

In these pages we would like to give a sample of the many airshows organised in Belgium over the last 100 years.

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Date Place Link
1908
25 May 1908 > 2 June 1908 Gent
1909
23 Oct 1909 > 02 Nov 1909 Wilrijk - Antwerpen
1910
23 Jul 1910 > 04 Aug 1910 Stockel - Brussels
1912
07 Sep 1912 > 16 Sep 1912 Temse
1914
19 Sep 1914 > 26 Sep 1914 Brussels - Port
1921
11 Sep 1921 Oostende Military National
1946
07 Sep 1946 > 08 Sep 1946 Gent - St. Denijs-Westrem
1961
25 Juni 1961 Melsbroek Open Door
1962
01 Aug 1962 Chièvres Airshow 1962 ( Film)
1964
27 Jun 1964 > 28 June 1964 Melsbroek - International Meeting of the Belgian Air Force  (on SBAP)
1967
03 Sep 1967 Werl (D.) Airshow ( 8mm Film)
1968
10 Aug 1968 > 11 Aug 1968 Koksijde Airshow 1968
1991
01 Sep 1991 Kleine Brogel Airshow 1991 ( Film)
1993
11 Jul 1993 Ursel 5th International Airshow 1993 ( Film)
2001
26 May 2001 > 27 May 2001 Stampe Fly In - Deurne/Antwerpen
2003
31 May 2003 > 01 June 2003 Belgian Helidays 2003 - Bierset
05 Jun 2003 > 06 Jun 2003 Belgian Defence Days 2003 - Koksijde
2004
29 Jun 2004 > 30 Jun 2004 Trainer Meet 2004 - Beauvechain
08 Aug 2004 28th Sanicole Airshow
2004 Overview 2004 Belgian Military Events
2005
13 Mar 2005 Open School at Saffraanberg
05 May 2005 Open Door at Brasschaat
13 May 2005 > 16 May 2005 Chipmeet 2005 - Zoersel
04 Jun 2005 > 05 Jun 2005 Belgian Helidays 2005 - Bierset
14 Jul 2005  TDPU/Spotters' Day - Florennes
20 Jul 2005 Kleine Brogel Spotters' Day 2005
03 Sep > 04 Sep 2005 Koksijde Airshow 2005
2006
25 May 2006 > 28 May 2006 Chipmeet 2006
27 May 2006 > 28 May 2006 Stampe Fly In - Deurne/Antwerpen
01 Jul 2006 > 02 Jul 2006 Koksijde Airshow 2006
21 Jul 2006 Kleine Brogel Photo Call 2006
02 Sep 2006 > 03 Sep 2006 Belgian Defence Days 2006 - Beauvechain
2007
12 May 2007 > 13 May 2007 Belgian Helidays 2007 - Bierset
16 May 2007 > 20 May 2007 Chipmeet 2007
02 Jun 2007 > 21 Jul 2007 60 Years Florennes Airbase Exhibition
30 Jun 2007 > 1 Jul 2007 Belgian Defence Days 2007 - Koksijde
17 Jul 2007 Kleine Brogel Spotters' Day 2007
2008
18 Jul 2008 Kleine Brogel Photo Call 2008
20 Jul 2008 Sanicole Airshow 2008
14 Sep 2008 60 Years 15th Wing Airshow (at SBAP)
2009
O4 Jul 2009 > 05 Jul 2009 Koksijde Airshow 2009
15 Aug 2009 > 16 Aug 2009 26th International Old Timer Fly In - Schaffen-Diest
14 Sep 2009 > 25 Sep 2009 NATO Tiger Meet 2009 - Kleine Brogel
2010
O3 Jul 2010 > 04 Jul 2010 Beauvechain International Airshow
14 Aug 2010 > 15 Aug 2010 27th International Old Timer Fly In - Schaffen-Diest
21 Aug 2010 > 22 Aug 2010 Malle Fly In 2010
2011
06 Jul 2011 > 07 Jul 2011 Koksijde Airshow 2011
13 Aug 2011 > 14 Aug 2011 28th International Old Timer Fly In - Schaffen-Diest
18 Aug 2011 > 21 Aug 2011 Malle Fly In & Photoflying Days 2011
2012
19 May 2012 > 20 May 2012 St. Hubert Airshow 2012
19 May 2012 > 20 May 2012 Stampe en Ercoupe Fly In 2012 - Deurne Antwerpen
26 May 2012 > 27 May 2012 La Ferté-Alais/Cerny (F.): Le Temps des Hélices Airshow 2012
23 Jun 2012 > 24 Jun 2012 FLorennes International Airshow 2012
11 Aug 2012 > 12 Aug 2012 29th International Old Timer Fly In - Schaffen Diest
17 Aug 2012 > 19 Aug 2012 Malle Fly In & Photoflying Days 2012
2013
03 Aug 2013 > 04 Aug 2013 Overboelare-Geraardsbergen: 8th Tailwheel Meet 2013
17 Aug 2013 > 18 Aug 2013 30th International Old Timer Fly In - Schaffen Diest
2014
31 May 2014 > 01 Jun 2014 Stampe en Ercoupe Fly In 2014 - Deurne Antwerpen
13 Sep 2014 > 14 Sep 2014 Belgian Air Force Days - Kleine Brogel 2014
2015
30 August 2015 Aerovintage 2015 - St Hubert
2016
13 Aug 2016 > 14 Aug 2016 33rd International Old Timer Fly In - Schaffen Diest
20 AUg 2016 > 21 Aug 2016 Malle Fly In

 

These lists/reports are provisional and we would more than welcome any additions, corrections and eventually pictures.

 

If you want your own Airshow report to be published, no problem;

 

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Last updated 24/08/16 11:00   Daniel Brackx

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