Antoine Roels: Blog en-us (C) A. Roels / IAPA.BE (Antoine Roels) Mon, 14 May 2018 08:37:00 GMT Mon, 14 May 2018 08:37:00 GMT ENJJPT Sheppard AFB Wichita Falls TX ENJJPTENJJPT - USAF  Sheppard AFB  Wichita Falls TX


Sheppard AFB is a United States Air Force base located five miles north of the central business district of Wichita Falls, TX. 
It is the largest training base and most diversified in Air Education and Training Command. The base is named in honor of Texas Senator John Morris Sheppard, a supporter of military preparations before World War II.
Beside the 82d Training Wing (82 TRW), which provides specialized technical training and field training for officers, Airmen and civilians of all branches of the military, other DoD agencies and foreign nationalist also host The 80th Flying Training Wing (80 FTW), also at Sheppard, conducts the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) program, a multi-nationally manned and managed flying training program chartered to produce combat pilots for both USAF and NATO.

The wing conducts pilot training and pilot instructor training under the Euro-NATO Joint Pilot Training Program, since October 1981, with participating nations contributing staff and financial support. In January 1994, the 80th began training Euro-NATO pilots in fighter fundamentals, using T-38A aircraft. 
The 80th Flying Training Wing's mission is "To produce the world's finest NATO pilots with the skills and attitude to succeed in fighter aviation". It is home of the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) Program.  It is a uniquely manned multinational organization with a USAF wing commander and an Italian Air Force operations group commander in the top two leadership positions. Command and operations officers' positions in the flying training squadrons rotate among the participating nations, while the commander of the 80th Operations Support Squadron is always from the USAF.

Officers from all 13 participating nations fill subordinate leadership positions throughout the wing. Nine nations--Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, The Nederlands, Norway, Turkey, Spain and the United States—provide instructor pilots based on their number of student pilots. Canada, Greece, and Spain do not have student pilots in training but do provide one instructor pilot. The current non-active signatory nations, the United Kingdom and Portugal, do not send student pilots nor do they provide instructor pilots, but retain the right to do so at any time. As an example of this totally integrated structure, an American student pilot may have a Belgian instructor pilot, a Dutch flight commander, a Turkish section commander, an Italian operations officer, and a German squadron commander.  

Till today, the ENJJPT program has trained more than 3,500 pilots for the NATO alliance.

The Northrop T-38A Talon is a two-seat, twinJet supersonic jet trainer which made his first flight on April 10th 1959 It was the world's first supersonic and most produced

-1.146- trainer.  The T-38A remained in service at ENJJPT till early 2018 when on March 1st the “A” model flew its last training mission and now replaced by the newer “C” model.

Other aircraft in use with ENJJPT was the Cessna T-37 “Tweet” which is out of service since summer 2009 and replaced by the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II, a single-engine turboprop  aircraft based on the Pilatus PC-9 built by the Raytheon Aircraft Company which became Hawker Beech and later Beechcraft Defense Company, and was bought by Textron Aviation in 2014.






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"Sexy Eye Opener" of the day 4

For today “Sexy Eye Opener” back to the good old days of the 50’s when  the word “push-up bra’s” wasn’t yet in the dictionaries and suspenders and nylons where a must !!!

As I ‘m not so good J in planes and their engines, can someone tell me a bit more about this one ?

Have a great day and till tomorrow.



]]> (Antoine Roels) _female_models babes good_old_days sexy_eye_opener Mon, 10 Jul 2017 22:13:22 GMT
Sexy Eye Opener of the day 3 Returning on the remove of some of my pictures on my FaceBook page because of some  ‘nudity’ and seing what on other pages is alowed without any comment of the “Watching Eye of FB’s Big Brother”, I don’t know why I shouldn’t continue to post my funny  “Sexy Eye Opener” on FB.  If they want to remove  them they just do, but I know that what I post is never obscene or has the intention to hurt or harmfull to some one in his personal way of living or religion.

So here again or today’s  “Sexy Eye Operer” showing today no boobs but some nice bums of a long haired blond babe.

By the way, for those who missed it,  it also shows one of the nicest landings I ever saw of a Airbus  A-340 from Air France.

And as promised on Monday also an “Sexy Eye Opener” for my girlfriends to get safely trough the (work)week.

Take good care… and keep your eyes open.  You never know what’s next that you will see.  J J J.



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Sexy Eye Opener of the day 2 On the "Sexy Eye Opener"  for today it will be hard to find out the type op the aircraft, so something for the specialists and don't let you disturb by the  sexy lady in front.

After this I will return on the blog of yesterday where I told about the censure of FaceBook by removing some of my "Sexy Eye Openers" I posted daily on FB.  The following picture was removed because os "nudity".  For me it was a nice  flight attendant or captain with a DC-7 from Eastern Airlines in the back ground.


Are we going back to the Spanish Inquisition of the Middle Ages or the Book Burnings of the Nazi's in the 1930's ???  Is this picture of the 1960,' has to be considered as an "adult content" picture that has to be removed ?  So from now on I'll post my  Sexy Eye Openers who always has a little bit of "nudity" on my blog where I hope  that I have the right to post this kind of picture every morning to open your sleepy eyes and bring you in a good mood  for the rest of the day.

To finish this post an other picture that has been removed and which a friend of mine described it with the words "Making bubbles without electricity" :-)

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My daily "Sexy Eye Opener Was surprised that what started a few weeks ago during the hot weather to post some  pictures as a “refresment” and later on as “Sexy Eye Opener”s  for a couple of days  on FaceBook became rather popular with  every day  more “likes” than I ever expected. As these pictures had also more or less something to do with airplanes in the back ground,

I decided to continue with these as long as they liked and enjoyed  them.


To my surprice  FB ordered me today to remove some of the pictures because of some nudity.  Even pictures where  there was not a single peace of nudity to see !!!

Which I consider this as pure censure from FB and against  all rights of freedom of speech and journalismeSo for those who liked them that much,  I decided to put my  “Sexy Eye Opener” as from now on as a daily short item on my  blog. 

Comments and “likes” are always welcome….. I’m not that hypocritical as FB.

This was my answer to FB.

“ If there is any right of freedom of speech and post some pictures with 'a little bit more " and they don't remove this answer also.

The picture I had to remove, had nothing to do with nudity On every account of FB user you find some pictures like that, and these are just to put a smile on friends face. The fact that all of these pictures get 50 to over 100 "likes" means that a lot of people like this kind of pictures instead of pictures of politicians and act of terrorism. For those things there are enough newspapers So let FB stay a friendly, friends site where time by time a picture is posed with a women in a bikini or something less. If every picture with a women with a little bit of nude has to be removed, then better you put the mention "Vacation pictures in bikini are no longer allowed on FB. I think we no longer live in the Middle Ages and today you see more nudity at every corner of the street than on my posted pictures. SO I would like to revieuw your decision and post again the pictures on my page.” 

For this first  “Sexy Eye Opener” on my Blog I think that pilots and aviation addicted will have more eyes on the marvelous flight line of Hawker Hunters than for the model on one of those fantastic fighters from the 60’s.




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19th Januari 2004 - A black day in Belgian Aviation 19th January 2004 – A black day in Belgian Aviation History

Société Belge des Transports par Air SA, known by its short form Sobelair, was a Belgian airline from that operated from 1946 to 2004. It was headquartered in Brussels[2] (later in Zaventem)[3] and operated mostly non-scheduled passenger and cargo flights out of Brussels Airport.[
Sobelair was founded as a charter airline on 30 July 1946, originally (only during the initial months) known as Société d'Etude et de Transports Aériens, abbreviated SETA. The first revenue flight using a Douglas DC-3 aircraft, which took place on 15 October of that year, was a flowers transport to Nice via Paris. In 1947, scheduled flights from Brussels to Elisabethville in Belgian Congo were launched on behalf of several companies in the Belgian colony, which held the majority of the stakes in the company. In 1949, these shares were acquired by Belgian flag carrier Sabena, which thus owned 72.29 percent in Sobelair.

When Republic of the Congo (Léopoldville) was founded as an independent state in the former Belgian Congo, Sobelair ceased its African service, and concentrated on offering chartered holiday flights to the Mediterranean instead, as well as (between 1957 and 1962) domestic routes using small Cessna 310 airplanes.

Sobelair joined the jet age in 1971, when the first Caravelle was acquired second-hand from Sabena. Over the following years, the fleet was further modernized with Boeing 707 aircraft, which stayed until 1981. By then, Sobelair operated a fleet composed exclusively of smaller Boeing 737 airliners. Long haul flights were relaunched only in 1994, using a newly bought Boeing 767-300.[

When Swissair started an alliance with Sabena in 1995, plans were made for a co-operation of the respective charter subsidiaries. Thus, Sobelair went into negotiation with the Swiss subsidiary of Trans European Airways in 1996, which turned out to be fruitless. Instead, an agreement was signed with Crossair. In 1997, Sobelair operated chartered passenger flights from Zuric to San Francisco and Las Vegas on behalf of Swissair. In the late 1990s, a charter contract with tour operator Jetair was signed. In 2001, further agreements with ALM Antillean Airlines and Balair were secured.

In October 2001, Swissair went bankrupt, which was followed by the demise of partner Sabena in November of the same year, which led to the future of Sobelair becoming uncertain, too. Delta Air Transport, which the Sabena slots had been transferred to, briefly considered taking over Sobelair's 767s for the re-launch of scheduled passenger flights to Africa (instead, Birdy Airlines was founded for that purpose), and German tour operator Preussag went into negotiations concerning a taking-over of the airline, which were dropped again in February 2002.

After having been acquired by a group of investors in June 2002, which led to the launch of scheduled flights on the Brussels-Johannesburg route, Sobelair was passed on to SN Brussels Airlines in early 2003, for which it operated charter flights henceforth. This did not lead to an improvement of the financial situation, so that Sobelair had to declare bankruptcy in early January 2004. TUI Travel placed an offer for taking over Sobelair's aircraft in order to create a Belgian airline subsidiary, provided that creditor protection would be granted. On 19 January, this measure was rejected, so that Sobelair went out of business and its then approximately 450 employees lost their jobs.

A few months later it was so sad to see their Boeing's 767  OO-SLR  and  OO-SLS  partly scripts, without the SOBELAIR markings,

and without engines ready for further dismantling.

For millions of passengers on the way to their vacation, they always will remember their flights on board of those marvelous white n and blue SOBELAIR planes.

                                                                                                                           Goodbye SOBELAIR



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Picture of the week # 11 The good old Boeing 747 from SABENA Picture of the week # 11

The good old  SABENA B-747  

Although I told already the story about a photo shoot of this particular in my blog # 1 “Formation by dawn” I couldn’t resist to post this unique picture  when four F-16’s  from BAF joined up with the master piece of the  SABENA.
With thanks to all the concerned pilots of BAF and SABENA  to make this flight possible.


Photo taken from the open ramp of one of the  C-130's with  EOS 1 and  70-210 mm lens



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Picture of the week # 1 Mirage V Belgian Air Force Picture of the week.

Belgian Air Force Mirage V BR -recce version- on take-off from 42nd reconnaissance squadron at Bierset AFB.  The plane received this special color scheme for 70th anniversary of the “Mephisto” squadron.
Photo taken lying on the open ramp of a C-130 Hercules. Thanks to the perfect communications between the pilots of the C-130 Photoship and the Mirage, we were just overhead the runway at the time the Mirage started his take-off.
Picture taken in the pre digital era on Fuji slide  100 asa with CANON EOS 1 and  CANON 70–210 mm lens

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Picture of the week # 10 Close enough ? Picture of the week # 10

Close Enough ?

Picture taken during a photo shoot with our former  F-16 display pilot Rudy Schoukens in 2001.
Lying on the open ramp of the C-130,  giving Rudy the right directions to bring him in the right position for this impressive close look on the front of the F-16.  Closer wasn’t possible as then he should have been “clear to land” in the C-130.

Photo taken on April 12th 2001 with CANON EOS 1 Mk II and  70-210 mm lens 

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Picture of the week #9 USAF Heritage Flight Picture of the week # 9  -  USAF Heritage Flights.

The United States Air Force Heritage Flight was created in 1997 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the United States Air Force. It incorporates fighters from World War II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War and other conflicts in which the USAF has been involved.
The USAF Heritage Flight formation normally consist of two or more aircraft representing the different eras of operations, making three passes past the spectators and then a final pass from behind the crowd with the aircraft performing a separation maneuver to create separation between the aircraft followed a few seconds later by a single simultaneous aileron roll by all the aircraft in the flight.
During the flypasts there is a musical accompaniment played through the public address system. The music that is normally played is “God bless America” from Lee  Greenwood.
After the roll maneuver each of the aircraft will then enter the airfield traffic pattern, typically performing an individual pass before the crowd and then "pitching out" into an approach pattern and landing.

As of 2016, Air Combat Command lists the aircraft for Heritage Flights  of  three military A/C  as F-35 Lightning II, F-22 Raptor, A-10 Thunderbolt II and F-16 Fighting Falcon.  Operational F-4 Phantoms discontinued participation in Heritage Flights after the type's retirement from the United States Air Force in the late 1990s. However the QF-4E Target Drone variant of the F-4 still participate in Heritage Flights.  

Civilian owned warbirds as  P-51 Mustang, P-38 Lightning, P-40 Warhawk, P-47 Thunderbolt, A-1 Skyraider, F-86 Sabre  are the warbirds who undergo  a secure and intensive check of pilots and planes before they are allowed to be part of the Heritage Flights.

Due to the success of USAF Heritage Flights,  US Navy also started with some US Navy Heritage Flights, but that those pictures are for one of the next “Pictures of the week”


Picture taken with CANON EOS D1 Mk II with 300mm f2.8 lens.

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Picture of the week #8 “F-16’s - Display pilots break” Picture of the week #8       “F-16’s  -  Display pilots break”

In 2001 the Belgian television planned to make a short report about my job in Belgian Air Force as air-to-air photographer for their program “Afrit 9” directed by Koula Terkessidis from VRT.
So on April 12th 2001 we had a C-130 -with Cdt Gijbels at the controls- as photo ship,  two F-16’s with display pilots Cdt Rudy Schoukens and Cdt  Danny “Ket” Meersman and an A-Jet with display pilot Cdt Jean-Marc “MeuMeu” Meunier for the pictures.
The mission went very well , with me in the cold air on the open ramp of the C-130 and the F-16’s and A-Jet in close formation behind the C-130 directing them in the right positions with hand signals for the best pictures
Only the weather was not that cooperating, too cloudy  and no possibility to go as high to go into the blue.
For sure not the best conditions for a photo shoot.  Although the pictures where fine, I was a bit disappointed about to much clouds as back ground, but the TV crew was happy with their work and a few weeks later the report was showed several times on TV.

And now the secret behind this picture :
It’s very rare that I manipulate pictures to make them better.  Only development of RAW files with Lightroom 5, and Photoshop CS 6 giving them some more contrast, brightness, crop or cut them a little to give them the right composition.
So most of the pictures you see are the way they come out the camera without manipulations.
However, one of the pictures of the photoshoot was a very nice break of the two F-16’s, but not perfect because of all those grey clouds as background.

I looked in my archive for some pictures with nice clouds , found the one I needed and with the help of Photoshop it became a nice picture.    Now that the picture was fine, I still found  it even could be better putting  some more “action”  into it.   

And the clue was ........  Just turn the picture upside down.

Now this picture is hanging in several offices and nobody knew -maybe until now- that he is hanging upside down.


Picture taken with CANON EOS 1D and 70-210mm f2.8 zoom lens

]]> (Antoine Roels) Afrit_9 BAF Cdt_ Cdt_Danny_'Ket'_Meersman Cdt_Rudy_Schoukens Display_pilots F-F-16_Demo_break Jean_Marc_Meunier Meu_Meu Sat, 13 Aug 2016 13:14:45 GMT
North American T-6 Harvard / Texan - 'The Pilot Maker' North American T-6  "The Pilot Maker"

Harvard or Texan, what do you prefer ?
This aircraft is known by so many names including the Mosquito, The Window Breaker, The Pilot Maker and many more. There are so many variations in models it gets confusing as so many countries operated this aircraft as the primary fighter trainer.  

 In 1937, the North American NA-26 prototype won a competition for a basic combat trainer for the USAAC, and, in due course, it went into production as the BC-1.   North American's rapid production of the T-6 Texan coincided with the wartime expansion of the United States air war commitment. As of 1940, the required flights hours for combat pilots earning their wings had been cut to just 200 during a shortened training period of seven months. Of those hours, 75 were logged in the AT-6. U.S. Navy pilots flew the airplane extensively, under the SNJ designation,
The North American T-6 Texan two-place advanced trainer was the classroom for most of the Allied pilots who flew in World War II. Called the SNJ by the Navy and the Harvard by the British Royal Air Force, the AT-6 (advanced trainer) was designed as a transition trainer between basic trainers and first-line tactical aircraft. It was re-designated T-6 in 1948.

In all, the T-6 trained several hundred thousand pilots in 34 different countries over a period of 25 years. A total of 15,495 of the planes were made. Though most famous as a trainer, the T-6 Texan also won honors in World War II and in the early days of the Korean War.
 Although not as fast as a fighter, it was easy to maintain and repair, had more maneuverability and was easier to handle. A pilot's airplane, it could roll, Immelmann, loop, spin, snap and vertical roll. It was designed to give the best possible training in all types of tactics, from ground strafing to bombardment and aerial dogfighting. It contained such versatile equipment as bomb racks, blind flying instrumentation, gun and standard cameras, fixed and flexible guns, and just about every other device that military pilots had to operate.

British interest in the Texan design was piqued as early as 1938 when it ordered 200 under the designation Harvard Mk I for service in Southern Rhodesia training under the Commonwealth Air Training Program. As the Harvard Mk I  design was modeled after the early BC-1 design, the subsequent Harvard Mk II utilized the improvements of the AT-6 models. During 1944, the AT-6D design was adopted by the RAF and named the Harvard MK III. This version was used to train pilots in instrument training in the inclement British weather and for senior officers to log required airtime. Much to the chagrin of the Air Force High Command, the Harvard  was often used for non-military activities like joy-riding and unofficial jaunts across the English countryside.

SNJ-1 versions of the BC-1 went to the US Navy, while deliveries of the BC-1s to the RAF started in December 1938, these aircraft being called Harvard 1s by British Commonwealth Air Forces. The BC-1A, and subsequent versions, had a revised rudder shape, blunt wing tips and a metal covered fuselage, with one exception, which had a wooden fuselage. There was the AT-6B, then came the AT-6C (SNJ-IV and Harvard 2A) which was redesigned with, among other changes, a wood rear fuselage in case of strategic material shortages during WW2. But there were no shortages and the standard structure was reverted to later on. There was also the AT-6D/SNJ-5/Harvard III, which with AT-6A and C versions and their SNJ and Harvard equivalents formed the basis of nearly all WW2 contracts.

During 1946, the Canadian Car and Foundry company developed the Harvard Mk IV trainer to the specifications of the T-6G and produced 285 T-6Js under the same design for the USAF Mutual Aid Program. Designated the T-6G, the Texan saw major improvements in increased fuel capacity, an improved cockpit layout, as well as a steerable tailwheel. U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy forces in the Korean War modified the Texan under the LT-6G designation and employed it in combat for forward air control of propeller and jet powered strike aircraft.  Spain utilized the armed T-6 in combat during the Sahara conflict for patrol and counter-insurgency operations.  France made extensive combat use of armed T-6 aircraft during the Algerian conflict. Although the U.S. retired the T-6 from active duty by the end of the 1950's, several nations, including Spain, South Africa, Brazil, China, and Venezuela, utilized "the pilot maker" as their basic trainer well into the 1980's.

The total number of Harvard's of different types and sources used by the Belgian Air Force amounted at 148 machines. One could add to these some 14 aircraft which were used as spare parts resources and ten Harvard’s leased from the Dutch Air Force to help out with a temporarily shortage on aircraft in 1948/1949.   As of 1947 a first large order of 46 former-“lend lease” Harvard IIA and Mk.III were ordered together with ten aircraft purely used to proved spare parts, from RAF stocks. Although many of these aircraft already had served with three air forces, most of them had only little flying time. They only were active with the South-African Air Force in the framework of the “Commonwealth Training Program” during WWII and were only assigned to the USAAC and the RAF on paper. Originating from different sources, 32 AT-6’s of subtypes MK.IIB and MK.III were later acquired. These Harvard’s had served with the Dutch Air Force, others with the RAF or came from civil companies such as Intair and Rollason. The Americans delivered 46 more AT-6D’s and Harvard 4, while 24 former RAF Harvard’s IIA from the training base of Bulawayo in Rhodesia were shipped to the Belgian Air Force base at Kamina (Belgian Congo).  
This mixture of models was standardised and upgraded by the BAF to what was called Harvard 4K, which was very similar to the Harvard 4. In 1959 sixteen Harvard’s based initially at Kamina received an armament which consisted of two 7.62 calibre machineguns, two Alcan 261 bomb racks and two rocket launchers Matra 13. These aircraft which were designated 4K and were grouped in new units called Fire Assistance Flights These FAF’s  were successfully used during the Congolese rebellion in July 1960.
The last pilot training on Harvard took place in mid-1960 after which advanced training was done on the new Fouga Magister. Between 1960 and 1962 only a handful of armed Harvard’s 4KA remained in used in Rwanda and Burundi

After World War II, the Reno Air Races Association established a unique racing class for the AT-6/Texan/Harvard aircraft. This class continues today at the Reno National Air Races each year in September.

For the production of the 20th Century Fox movie  “ Tora! Tora! Tora! “  T-6’s were converted and stood in for the Mitsubishi A6M Zero’s, as there were no airworthy types at that time. These CAF airplanes were also used in the more recent  ‘Pearl Harbor’  movie.
The Commemorative Air Force's Gulf Coast Wing's ‘Tora! Tora! Tora!’ team still fly the movie's aircraft simulating the attack at airshows al over the USA.

Today, over 600 T-6 Texan’s remain in airworthy condition.  

Pictures taken at Reno Air Races, CAF Airsho Midland TX, and EAA Air Venture  Oshkosh MI with CANON cameras EOS D1 Mk II & III and lenses from 28mm up to 400mm.

]]> (Antoine Roels) CAF Harvard North_American_T-6 Reno_Air_Races SN-J Texan Tora_Tora_Tora Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:03:37 GMT
Picture of the week #7 - T-6 Race at the Reno Air Races Picture of the  week # 7 -  T-6  Texan’s at Reno Air Races.

When one T-6 come head–on,  low level,  with the supersonic sound of his propeller it’s impressive.
When at the Reno Air Races 7 of them  come head-on to Pylon 4 at maximum speeds up to 300 miles or more, and only about 30 feet high....... Then.... I don’t have words anymore to explain.  You just has to be there to experience by yourself those magic and unforgettable moments !!!  


Picture taken with CANON  EOS D1 Mk III and 70-210mm f 2.8 lens 

]]> (Antoine Roels) Harvard Reno_Air_Races SNJ T-6 Texan Sun, 07 Aug 2016 11:22:03 GMT
Picture of the week #6 - F-100 “Super Sabre” at Thunder over Michigan. Picture of the week # 6

Michigan 2010  -  North American  F-100 “Super Sabre” at the  “Thunder over Michigan “ Airshow.

Looking back at my oldest memories about aviation these goes always back to that magnificent F-100 “Super Sabre” which I saw during some performances of the USAF “Skyblazers“ and later on with the USAF “Thundebirds” at airshows  at Melsbroek e.o. in the early 60’s .
Seeing this plane back was like feeling 16 again and remembering those times of collecting all kind of magazines and pictures of airplanes.  

No wonder that a couple of years later I signed  for a 38 years long career in BAF.

The North American F-100 Super Sabre was an American supersonic jet fighter aircraft that served with the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1971 and with the Air National Guard until 1979. The first of the Century Series of USAF jet fighters, it was the first USAF fighter capable of supersonic speed in level flight.

The F-100 first flew on May 25th 1953, and 2.294 has been build.
Today, only one “Super Sabre” still flies, based in Fort Wayne, and owned by Dean Cutshall, who spent about a year and a half restoring it after buying it from a man in Texas.


Picture taken with  CANON D1 Mk III and 300mm f 2.8 lens

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A story about air racing A Story About Air Racing

Recently I read a story of  my friend Marilyn Dash’s  blog  about the Reno Air Race community  and a common friend Jay Jones, that I want to share with all of you.

 It’s a story that like many others, has its ups and downs. There are heroes and there are lessons. Hopefully you’ll enjoy my story.

First, there was a guy named Jay Jones. Jay loved to fly. He loved to race. He loved to tinker with things to make them go faster. He was also the guy you could always go to if you needed a wrench, a kind word, or someone to fix your wheel pants (Jay’s specialty – it seemed).
When I say Jay loved to fly – I mean he flew his IF1 Cassutt Racer from his home in Buena Vista, Colorado to Oshkosh – several times. That means about 1000 miles each way, in a plane that needs to land about every hour or two. Oh, and there is really no place for luggage. And there are no instruments to fly with – it’s basic stick and rudder flying.

We lost Jay on July 4th. He was returning to his home airport after a fly-in about 100 miles away. His aircraft, a Seawind, had some sort of emergency, he radioed a mayday – but wasn’t specific about what type of trouble he was having.
He ended up trying to land in a small field while avoiding populated areas all around. It is largely believed he deliberately steered away from those more populated areas. Either way, he’s gone – but he’s not. There is much more to his story.

Jay had 2 daughters, Haley and Allison. His daughters were the apples of his eye. We all know Allison as she was part of our racing family and has been to the Races several times before.

Allison Jones was born with a defective leg. Her parents had to make some difficult decisions when she was born to remove her bad leg – knowing she would be better off with a prosthetic device. From that moment, I believe Jay was always coming up with ways to make that prosthetic better for her – whether the idea was to make it faster or more comfortable, his mind was always coming up with better, faster, lighter, smarter.

Allison excelled in sports, mostly skiing and cycling. She will be representing the USA in her 8th Paralympic Games in Rio this summer.  Jay was so excited – he wasn’t going to race this year, because he was going to Rio and watch her in her final Paralympic Games.

Now, the story gets even more interesting. Jay meets up with another pilot – a man named Justin Meaders.  Justin and Jay had many things in common. They were both skilled craftsmen, pilots and both were touched by disabilities. See, Justin lost the use of his legs in a motorcycle racing incident years ago.
Even as a child, Justin was a bit different. On his 5th birthday, he received his first motorcycle. He learned to ride it that day and never looked back. From that moment on – speed became his drug. He was always looking for ways to make that bike faster or to make it handle better.
Unfortunately, during a motorcycle road racing event, he was launched off his bike, over the handlebars while traveling about 150 mph. The bike then cartwheeled in the air after him – probably pouncing on him several times. He woke up before medical assistance could get to him and knew he was in trouble. But, he certainly didn’t lose his spunk. While flying in the medical helicopter, he asked the pilot if he could ride up front with him. The pilot laughed and said, “Maybe next time”.  

His spunk has never left him. While his dad was a pilot, Justin didn’t get around to flying until after his accident. He stumbled onto the International Wheelchair Aviators group and found they were based in TX – where he lived. He drove down and met their president, Mike Smith. Mike helped Justin understand the types of hand controls available for certified airplanes, how to install them and use them. After a few lessons with Mike, Justin then found a school closer to his home which worked with him on his hand control needs.
Through many delays and truckloads of paperwork, he was granted his FAA Medical and now the sky is no longer the limit.

Justin had been following IF1 for several years before. He was introduced to the Air Racing Family in 2013 when he crewed for another Justin – Justin Phillipson. When he started to talk to other IF1 pilots about building his own race plane which could be flown without the use of legs – they were all quite interested – Jay especially.
Justin’s airplane wasn’t going to be ready in time for the Races this year. And since Jay was heading to Brazil to watch Allison – it took Jay about 5 seconds to say – “How about we put your hand controls into my race plane, Quadnickel?!” – And that’s all it took.
The next thing you know, a group of IF1 pilots and crew headed to Midland, TX to the Flyboyz Race Camp to install the hand controls and get Justin ready for PRS – Pylon Racing Seminar – aka “Rookie School”. He probably had more time in Quadnickel than most first time Rookies at PRS. His first flight had everyone at the airport standing by cheering him on. We’re still cheering him on!  
Justin Meaders is now a Race Pilot. He is a member of our Racing Family and we are happy to have him and his infectious enthusiasm.  

And Jay lives on in our hearts, minds and in the air – with Justin at the controls of his Quadnickel.

That’s my story  

© Marilyn Dash.


Many thanks to Marilyn an experienced female Bi-Plane Air Racer.

]]> (Antoine Roels) Cassutt-racer Cassutt_"Quadnickel" F1_air_races Jay_Jones Marilyn_"Dasher"_Dash Marilyn_Dash Reno-Air_Races Reno_Air_Races Sun, 31 Jul 2016 20:43:35 GMT
A-Jet display pilot Patrick 'Pat' De Schrijver. A-Jet Display Cdt. Pilot Patrick "Pat" De Schrijver.

Looking around in my photo archives I always come back on so many pictures of the Belgian Air Force display pilots with which I hade the pleasure to fly and capture the photo shoots for their public relations and publications in BAF and foreign aviation magazines, I thought it would be worth to publish some small stories about all of them.

As I started a couple of weeks ago with F-16 display pilot Cdt. Nathan De Permentier I think  it’s now time to put   Cdt. Patrick “Pat” De Schrijver” display pilot on A-Jet from 1994 till 1999 a little  “In the Picture” and have some talks with him about his career as display pilot in BAF and the photo shoot flights we did together.
As it was usual that the color scheme of the planes  changed each time there was a new display pilot, so for me it was a  great opportunities for some photo shoots of the new colored display planes. To be sure that “ Pat” should have his painted A-Jet at all air shows, they even painted a spare plane in the same colors. So was sure to have always his display plane ready and double pleasure for me too the take pictures of two similar display planes in formation.

Pat :  
“It all started in January 1994 when I got the blessing from the military staff and as well from the two previous display pilots ,Cdt. “Louitje” Baum and Cdt. “Danny” Payeur, to become beside my daily job as instructor pilot on A-Jet to become the third display pilot on A-Jet.
As it was usual to have some PR products available for airshow organizers, media, and the public one of our first things to do prior to the air show season was some photo flights with “Twan” to get the perfect pictures. Once this was done the show season could start.
The first official show was set in Cambrai during a Tiger Meet. After that, came a lot of different locations: Mildenhall ,Gardermoen ,Pardubice ,Waddington ,Monte-Real, Koksijde, Leeuwarden, Saint-Dizier, Ostend ,Hyères and Moorsele. Even more displays were added during visits on base.
In 1995 training started in march, and the first run was during the remembrance of 50 years WW2 in Scheveningen, where the display took place overhead numerous warships. The season continued with displays in Bodo , Orléans , Reims , Tours , Temploux , Tienen, Volkel , Koksijde , Ursel ,Cranwell , Sanicole ,Moorsele ,Kleine Brogel , Leuchars and Biggin-Hill, home of The Battle of Britain.
In 1996 trainings started also around march, and then LtGen.“Mich” Mandl took place in the backseat to fly along in the display. It kicked off with Koksijde, Mildenhall, Ostend , Zoersel ,Twenthe again Koksijde , Sanicole Newcastle and Kleine Brogel. The interesting was that Newcastle air-show took place on the sea-side where in two days one million people attended the airshow. We continued then with Hopsten, Leuchars and Biggin-Hill. Roanne ended the season. In Leuchars I had the opportunity to fly along in the backseat of the nr 5 of the Red Arrows.
1997, my fourth year was similar for the destinations : Koksijde , Beauvechain , Shawburry , Biggin-Hill ,Waddington , Gilze-Rijen , Koksijde , Ursel , Culdrose , Florennes , and for the first time across the old wall : Hradec-Kralove with as last one Cameri . Also that year I had my first flight with the “Patrouille de France”, as well as a flight in the mirage 2000 demo .
1998 , already my fifth year : Cambrai , Mildenhall , Volkel , Villafranca where I stayed between fellow-pilots during the crisis in the Balkan. Waddington , Leeuwarden , Koksijde , Kleine Brogel , Kesckemet ,Hradec-Kralove , Kleine Brogel and Roanne.
1999, last year. With the intention to start a duo-display together with Cdt. “Meu-meu” Meunier, we started training in the beginning of the year. The swallows were no longer since a couple of years, so everybody find this a good idea. But during rehearsel in april, we encountered a mid-air, and both aircraft crashed. Both pilots ejected and nobody was hurt. I had the opportunity thanks to Kol. ‘Jack’ Waldeyer, to continue a few airshows in order to end in beauty. Koksijde, Kleine Brogel and Malta were the last ones.
But the last one was done on my 40th birthday together with the people I love most : My daughters Tiny and Gerty and my girlfriend Sanny.
After those five years as display pilot I got my mutation to Geilenkirchen AFB as pilot on the the Awacs E-3A until I retired from the air force in September 2004.
Now is still fly as instructor on gliders for BAF Air Cadet, enjoy life, traveling a lot and time by time some freelance work for “Pilots without Frontiers”

With this memories all my thoughts goes also to the late Cdt. “Peter” Hoogsteyns with whom I spent a lot of good times during those lovely years and was most of the time also the photo plane pilot to bring “Twan” at the perfect place for his perfect pictures.”

Pictures taken on different ocasions with CANON EOS 1 with 18-135mm and 70-210mm CANON lenses on Fuji Velvia slide film.

]]> (Antoine Roels) 9th_Wing A-Jet A-Jet-Display_pilots BAF Patrick_Pat°_De_Schrijver Peter_Hoogsteyns Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:16:19 GMT
Picture of the week #5
EAA Airventure  Oshkosh WI.

Today July 25th start of the 64th EAA Oshkosh Airventure.
The town of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. hosts the largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts in the country held each summer at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, US   The EAA estimate every year an  the attendance of over 500,000, with more then  2,000 visitors registered from nearly 70 nations. Every year approximate 10,000 aircraft, 2,000 show planes, and over 900 media representatives on-site from five continents, along with and over 900  commercial exhibitors.

With more than 10,000 aircraft in attendance, there's a little bit of everything represented, including warbirds, home-built aircraft, ultralights and vintage planes.  During the gathering, the airport's control tower is the busiest in the world.
EAA was founded in Hales Corners, Wisconsin in 1953 by Paul Howard Poberezny (September 14, 1921 – August 22, 2013), who originally started the organization in the basement of his home for builders and restorers of recreational aircraft.   Although homebuilding is still a large part of the organization's activities, it has grown to include almost every aspect of recreational aviation and aeronautics. The first EAA fly-in was held in September 1953 at what is now Timmerman Field as a small part of the Milwaukee Air Pageant, fewer than 150 people registered as visitors the first year and only a handful of airplanes attended the event. In 1959, the EAA fly-in grew too large for the Air Pageant and moved to Rockford, Illinois.   In 1970, when it outgrew its facilities at the Rockford airport, it moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
After the dead of his father 2013, his son Tom toke over the organization.

Oshkosh has so many to offer during the EAA week that it’s so difficult to picture it in just one single picture. So many special performances  and presentations of new and older planes that you could chose “Picture a the day at Oshkosh”.  However I keep it with ”Picture of the week” with a flock of 32 RV’s crossing each other in the blue skies of Oshkosh,  formation you only can see at EAA.
RV planes are small home build planes designed by Van’s Aircraft Ic. by Richard (Van) VanGrunsven
By the end of 2015, about 9000 RV kits have been completed and flown, and thousands more are under construction. Completion rates currently average about 1.5 per day. RVs are flying in at least 45 different countries and kits have shipped to about sixty. From a small farm in Oregon, these wonderful airplanes have achieved a global following. Not because of any superior marketing campaign, but simply because they fly so well and bring so much pleasure to their builders.

Picture taken with CANON DX Mk III with 300mm F-2.8

]]> (Antoine Roels) EAA-Oshkosh Home-builds Oshkosh Paul-Proberezny RV-planes Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:37:16 GMT
Picture of the week #4 - On board with Patrulla Aguila Picture of the week # 4

On board with the Patrulla Aguila

In 1991 I had my first flight with the Patrulla Aguila.  

Since then I became a regular ‘back seater’ during their airshow performances in Belgium, and occasionally in Spain and Italy.  Through the years I flew in most of the positions in the formation.
The picture  was taken on top of a looping on board with  ‘Aguilla 6’ -one of the best positions to have  the rest of the team on your right side - during the airshow at Koksijde in 1992  the year that the team received their actual red, yellow and silver color scheme.

Patrulla Águila (Spanish for "Eagle Patrol", formed 4 July 1985, is the aerobatic demonstration team of the Spanish Air Force, based at San Javier airbase near La Manga, in the Murcia region of Spain. Flying  with 7 Casa C-101 Aviojets,  
Picture taken with NIKON F 4 with 28-105mm lens f 2.8 and  Fuji Velvia 100 slide film.

]]> (Antoine Roels) C-101 Casa Display-Teams Koksijde-Airshow Patrulla-Aguila Spanish-Air-Force Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:26:34 GMT
Picture of the week #3 - Space Ship One

White Knight & Space Ship One at EAA Oshkosh 2005

From July 26th till July 31st, 2005,  Space Ship One was taken to the EAA Oshkosh WI, together with Scaled Composites Model 318 “White Knight”  which was the jet-powered carrier aircraft used to launch” SpaceShipOne”  the experimental spacecraft.

Both craft were developed and flown by Mojave Aerospace Ventures, which was a joint venture between Paul Allen and Scaled Composites,  Sir Richard Branson, and Burt Rutan's aviation company.   

On 17 December 2003—on the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers first powered flight of an aircraft—SpaceShipOne, piloted by Brian Binnie made its first rocket-powered flight, and became the first privately built craft to achieve supersonic flight.

After the EAA Airverture on July 31st, Mike Melvill and crew flew the White Knight, carrying SpaceShipOne, to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and since October 5th 2005, it's one of the master pieces at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.


Picture take at July 31st 2005  with  CANON EOS 1D and 100-400mm lens

]]> (Antoine Roels) 2005 EAA National_Air_and_Space-Museum Oshkosh Space_Ship_One White_Knight Sat, 09 Jul 2016 12:15:07 GMT
Picture of the week # 2 “Because I was inverted” Picture of the week  # 2  

“Because I was inverted”
The well known words of Tom “Maverick” Cruise in the move ‘TOP GUN’

One of the most demanding issues  in air-to-air photography is surely  PR photo shoots for demo pilots.
Demo pilots don’t ask for pictures flying  relaxed, just strait & level but pictures full of action.  So you have to  be aware of some facts before starting.
First you need a photo chase plane and a pilot with the same capabilities who brings you in the perfect position for the pictures.
Second,  you must be aware that if the demo pilot goes in a loop , you go in a loop too, if he goes in the vertical, you go as well and if he is inverted you’re inverted too.
Third, you has to be in good physical conditions ready to undergo all these, pulling a lot’s of G’s and realize that your camera that weight in normal conditions weight about 2 kilo, at 5 G’s  he suddenly weights 10 kilo’s !!!.  Just like you should sit in a jet with a bucket full of water in your hands to take pictures.

Fourth,take the best photo gear with you. Don't think you're still capable to take pictures at 9 G's.  Even some of the most professional cameras can't resist those  heavy G forces.
So,  I was very lucky that those  facts fitted well during most of  my A2A  photo missions, and then you got pictures like this and you can say  :  


Picture taken April 1st 1992
Photo chase plane A-Jet AT-30 with Cdt Marc Dupuis  –one of my preferred photo plane pilots-  at the commands.
CANON EOS 1 camera with 24-105mm lens and Fuji slide film.

]]> (Antoine Roels) 31_Sqn A2A Air_show BAF CANON Demo_pilots F-16 Marc_Dupuis Nathan_De_Permentier Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:14:03 GMT