General Dynamics (SABCA) F-16AM Fighting Falcon (FA-123) from the Belgian Air Component "F-16 Solo Display Team"
at the KeeBee Spottersday, Kleine-Brogel (Belgium)
The Belgian Air Force F-16 Solo Display Team for 2015-2017 is based at Kleine Brogel Air Base. Commandant Tom "Gizmo" de Moortel is flying his first season as the display pilot for the BAF F-16 Solo Display Team. The demo might seem spectacular to the general public, but in fact contains standard F-16 manoeuvres which are flown during practise sessions as operational missions. The only difference between real life operations and this demo is that these manoeuvres are flown in a smooth pattern and at very low altitude. This does mean the demo puts a lot of G forces on the pilot which limits the demo to a maximum of around 15 minutes, giving the audience an overview of the F-16s manoeuvrability and the skills of all F-16 pilots in the Belgian Air Force. The aircraft chosen for this season is the F-16AM FA-123. It recently received the so-called MLU M6.1 update making it the most modern of all operational F-16s within the Belgian Air Force. The aircraft received an impressing three-tone grey/black/white colour scheme. The aircraft is called "Blizzard" and the stunning colour scheme is designed so it complements the vortices and smoke winders during the display routine. The idea was – once again - realized by Johan Wolfs and Peter Verheyen together with the Kleine-Brogel Paintshop.