URSEL AVIA 2017
24 - 25 JUNE 2017
URSEL AVIA 2017, 24 - 25th of June 2017.
Sunday, 25th of June. It was the first time that I was able to visit Ursel Avia.
I was surprized to find a variety of old and modern aircrafts both civil and military.
This year was very special for the Belgian Air Force aerobatic display team called 'The Red Devils'.
This aerobatic display team celebrated their 60 years anniversary at Ursel Avia.
They fly 4 SIAI Marchetti SF260 planes with the Belgian national flag colors.
The name "Red Devils' appeared in the Belgian Air Force in 1957.
Aircrafts used during those 60 years are the Hawker Hunter F.6 / CM170R Fouga Magister and today's Marchetti SF260.
Currently all pilots are instructors on SF-260 aircraft with the Competence Centre Air located at Beauvechain Air Base.
A second celebration at Ursel Avia was 15 years Brussels Airlines.
With a very special guest, the iconic British Aerospace AVRO RJ-100 (OO-DWE).
This type of aircraft will retire later this year. Last flight for Brussels Airlines for this type of aircraft is foreseen end of October 2017.
Another nice visitor was the Consolidated PBY Catalina.
This is an American flying boat, later amphibious aircraft produced by Consolitaded Aircraft.
It was one of the most widely used seaplanes of World War II.
Mainly used for anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing, convoy escorts, search and rescue missions (especially air-sea rescue), and cargo transport.
Also a lot of participants from the UK, both military and civil joined URSEL AVIA 2017.
Together with ATCC open door (see also topic ATCC open door - military) , Ursel Avia was able to offer a lot of participants from both Royal Air Force and Belgian Air Force.
Ursel Avia 2017 was a big success. Looking forward to join this airshow again in 2018.
Below some pictures taken on Sunday.
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related link : https://www.urselavia.be