On the 11th of April 2017, the Belgian Air Component organised the Belgian Heli Days Spottersday. Aside from the unusually high number rotary aircraft types in service with the Belgian Armed Forces at that moment, there were also a number of foreign machines on visit. These included the ‘Alien’ Czech Mi-24 Hind, a Dutch and USAF AH-64 Apache, an Austrian Alouette III and many other machines.

During the event we were given the ability to photograph these aircraft coming, landing and ground crew preparing their aircraft for the main event organised the next day. Naturally we as visitors were allowed to check out the aircraft on the ground from close by, as well as other ground equipment spread out over the base.

The event also highlighted several active duty anniversaries of multiple Belgian aircraft. The Agusta 109 celebrated its 25th anniversary of service with the Belgian Armed Forces, while the Alouette III crossed its 45th service year of operational duties. Despite their age both aircraft still remain very active types within the Belgian Air Component.


A number of walkarounds have been photographed during the event, but at the time of writing I have not yet had the time to organise and upload them.