Basevisit Beauvechain 1st Wing

Today was our second KBspotting basevisit of this year. This time Beauvechain AFB was the place to be. Home of the 1st Wing. Flying with the Augusta A-109, NH90 helicopters and the SF-260M(D) Marchetti training props. The weather was at its best on this first autumn day. We started off with 18 participants but only 15 made it to the morning coffee in the mess hall. We handed over the presents we brought along for our guide and driver. Hoping this would be accepted as a little bribe to make our day extra special. After this moment of getting to meet the group and our guide, of we went for our first stop of the day. The maintenance hangar for the Marchetti and the Alpha Jet. Taking pictures was no problem here, this would not change during the rest of the day. Since my last visit the security was more tense, so some things were a no go. Walking over the elevated boardwalks in front  of the offices in  the hangars was not allowed, so we missed some excellent shots from above. A lonely MiG (Ex museum and recently repainted) was our next target. Next we went to the operational area of the Marchetti, after a fast stop in the 1st Wing museum. Although there was much flying going on, only taxi shots could be made. After a nice lunch it was time to visit the maintenance hangars of the NH90 and the A-109. No access to the tarmac so we missed again some nice opportunities to take some excellent shots in the sun. I must admit it was a very nice visit, but very much more restricted due to security reasons and a altered itinerary. A thank you to the group for behaving in a good manner on base. And a very big thank you to the PR people of Beauvechain for making this visit possible.


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