Malle Photoflying Days & Fly-In 2012
The annual Malle (Zoersel) Fly-In organised by the Aero Club Der Kempen and combined with the Air to Air Academy’s "Photoflying days 2012", again provided a unique opportunity to see some very rare war birds and other aircraft, civil or military, recent or vintage. The show which took place between 17 and 19 August 2012 was blessed with some unusual fine weather which resulted in temperatures reaching or exceeding 37° C during the weekend, which somewhat slowed down the activities of many a visitor. Unfortunately for the organisers, what would have been the "star" of the show, the Breitling Super Constellation, was plagued with engine problems and for safety reasons could not make to Malle airfield. The replacement Douglas Dakota could only partly make up for what to many is the most beautiful airliner ever built. Notwithstanding this the war birds line up was more than impressive, boosting no less than two Grumman Avengers, Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane, Corsair, Stinson, two T-28 Trojans and superb Beech 18. The Fly-in part also attracted numerous General aviation aircraft. Continuing to build on its reputation of war bird’s Mekka and having largely improved safety conditions we can only hope that this airshow/fly-in continuous to grow as it did the last few years to become one of the finest highlights of the Belgian airshow scene.
A photographic overview of some of the highlights:
"Red Bull's" Vought F4U-4 Corsair 37/RB OE-EAS (c/ 9149 - BuNo 96995) preparing to taxi to runway 23 at Malle airfield (EBZR).
"Red Bull's" Grumman (General Motors) TBM-3R Avenger RB-319 - HB-RDG (c/n 3381 - BuNo 53319) returning to the flight line, wings folded.
Grumman TBM-3E Avenger F-AZJA (c/n 2688 - BuNo 85869) in Fleet Air Arm colour scheme.
Although, not quite making forget the Connie's absence, Breitling's Douglas DC-3 HB-IRJ remains a magnificent machine.
Coming in for a landing, the Dutch Dakota Association Douglas DC-3C Dakota PH-PBA (former 42-100971) in full KLM livery.
Bacau Yak 52 G-CBSS "Jany" (c/n 833707) making some smoke accentuated low passes for the public and for....
... the Air to Air Academy’s members photographing from camera ship Short SC.7 Skyvan 3-100 G-BEOL (c/n SH.1954)
Super shiny Beech G18S N45CF (c/n BA-466) in the war birds line-up.