Koksijde : January - February
2009 started with three Royal Navy Sea King HC.4's that came-in on
the 7th of January. Fog and snow prevented them to leave not earlier
than on the 9th of January. In February we got more British guests as
some Army Air Corps Gazelles and Lynx came in for fuel. On the 19th
one French Air Force Alpha Jet came in for a fuel stop. On the 3rd and
the 26th, Falcon 20 CM02 came to Koksijde for some training approaches.
Koksijde : March - April
On the 5th of March again two French Air Force Alpha Jets came to Koksijde
for a touch and go. On the 17th of March all four Gazelle AH.1's from
the 12th Flt. based at the Javelin Barracks in Germany, better known
as ex RAF Brüggen, refuelled for the very last time at Koksijde.
The base will be closed in the near future and all remaining Gazelles
returned to the UK for storage. Mid-March the B-Hunter UAV's from Florennes
arrived back at Koksijde for a new deployment. On the 15th of April
four Netherlands Air Force Cougars made a low pass en-route to the UK
for an exercise.
Koksijde : May
In May eight Marchetti's were deployed for ten days to fly missions
from Koksijde. We had some nice busy days, and hope they will do that
in the future again. On the day they left another six arrived with some
crews for the deployed marchetti's. On the 5th and the 13th two Royal
Navy Sea King HC.4's refuelled at Koksijde as well.
Koksijde : June - July
On the 3rd of June seven A.109 agusta's arrived for a small deployment
of 2 days. The exercise had the name Quick Response. For the support
of the Croatian "Wings of Storm" display team at the airshow
in July, a very rare AN-32B visited Koksijde twice. The Croatian Air
Force has two of these AN-32B's in use, based at Zagreb. For the support
of a F-5M in the static display of the airshow, a Spanish C-295 based
at Madrid/Getafe visited Koksijde twice.
Koksijde : August - September
September brought us some very special visitors. On the 10th of September
one Rafale, based at Saint Dizier, came to Koksijde for one low approach!
On the 16th one Hungarian Mi-24V refuelled at Koksijde during a CSAR
exercise out of Florennes. On the 21th a Hungarian Mi-17 also made a
fuel stop and afterwards it went to the "Romeinse Vlakte"
in De Panne for a CSAR mission. This was very impressive to see this
large helicopter flying and hovering in the dunes of De Panne. On the
18th and the 25th of September, a SW-4 and W-3RL helicopter of the Polish
Air Force refuelled at Koksijde on their way to and from the Helitech
show in Duxford.
Koksijde : October - December
The last three months of the year were rather calm again. From the
5th till the 15th of October an exercise with two A.109's and one German
EC-155B was being held at the Belgian coast. On the 27th of October
the Cobham Flight Precision Beech King Air came to Koksijde again for
the calibration of the TACAN and PAR radar. To close the year on the
14th of December, the special painted F-16BM FB18 from the OCU (Operational
Conversion Unit) based at Kleine Brogel made some nice short patterns
in very nice weather.
Sea King - 2009
This is a selection of pictures taken in 2009 of the Sea King MK.48
of the 40th Sqn based at Koksijde. These pictures were made during normal
training missions at Koksijde and surroundings.