It was the hottest day of the year... 34 °C
! No airco onboard the Skyvan photoship, but that's not a reason to stop
another great photoflight. A C-130 dropping parachutists, thats a reason
to delay our take-off. We had a well briefed plan to meet with our Belgian
friends of 349 Sqn over the military Pampa Range for our first shoot with
the new F-16 demo aircraft. Luckely we could make contact with the pilots
ready to take off in KB to inform them about our late take-off. After the
C-130 had dropped the last load of para's we were ready to go from the airfield
of Schaffen. Unfortunately once airborne there was still quite some haze
in the sky so the photos were a real challenge. But 'Mitch' and his spare
buddy gave us a first class airshow again!!
In the mean time our Swiss friends 'Deasy' and
'Pipo' were underway from Switzerland on the ferryflight to the Belgian
Airforce airshow weekend at Beauvechain airbase. With a perfect timing they
intercepted our Skyvan and gave all photographers onboard a first chance
to capture the amazing F-18 Hornet in the air; véry cool aircraft,
even with these hot temperatures!
Of course our photomission wouldn't be complete
without a unique formation of the two demo jets flying together, and thanks
to the great coordination of 'Mitch' we were able to get this exclusive
twoship pictures, smoke on! The smokewinders on the F-16 réally work
very well this season!
Many many thanks again to all people involved
making this photoflight possible, our guestphotographers and our entire
team had another thrilling experience. The cool beer after flying made
the day complete. In the videoclip, made by Peter Vanloey, you can see
how much fun we had up in the air!