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BRU - Open Door 15TH Wing C130  
User currently offlineEstablished02 From Belgium, joined Jan 2002, 536 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1388 times:


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Apparently various (Belgian) A.netters attended the open door of the 15th Wing (Belgian Air Force / C130) at Melsbroek during the weekend. Thanks for quickly posting some nice pictures.

I was amazed to see how many (thousands of) people showed up for this event, even though there was not much military action to see in the air, apart from the occasional low fly by of two C130's and some helicopter traffic.

I had a chance to visit the French Air Force C130 (extended version) with a small group of people who just happened to be near the plane. One of the crew gave us a 30 minutes tour around and in the plane. He was very kind to give us an exciting talk about his adventures with the C130 around the world.

The unique thing about this open door was of course the location, because the 15th wing is located right along BRU's RWY 25R. It was great to see the 25R traffic from a different angle.

What were the MK B742 and the Armenian A320 doing at BRU? I was happy to see that the DHL DC8 is still around (only during the weekend, I believe).

There was a DHL B752 that broke off his take off run after a few hundred meters, perhaps due to some power failure. Some moments later we could hear a DHL B752 (the same?) doing a loud power check on his engines on a remote spot of the airport (ahum, is that allowed on Sunday?).

I spent a very nice afternoon and greatly enjoyed the wonderful weather and the beautiful aircraft.

Established02

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User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1349 times:

Damn...we should have arranged some sort of meeting  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I was there as well. At around 11h15, I drove to 127bis, where I met Fred and his dad. We took pictures for about an hour (first shoot-out with my new D60  Smile/happy/getting dizzy ) and then I drove back home.

In the afternoon, I drove back to BRU with my girlfriend's sister, a friend of mine and his dad (who works at the 15th Wing and had arranged tickets for a C-130 flight!!).

When we entered the base, we went to see all the parked C-130's and the other military aircraft that stood there. Of course, I also watched the normal civilian activity at BRU. For instance, I also saw the Armenian A320 (I read it was a delivery flight), the MK 747, the SIA 747 Cargo and a bunch of other aircraft (the Cathay 747 Cargo, Saudi MD-11F Cargo, Biman DC-10, Egyptair B777 (!!), RAM 767 just to name a few).

At around 17h00, we boarded C-130 Hercules CH-04 and we made an amazing, breath-taking flight!!!! For instance, how about taking off from RWY 25R, stay only a few meters above the runway for a couple of hundred meter, and then go into a very steep climb, AND a very sharp turn (about 60°!!). All this followed by a formation flight (CH-03 came flying behind us at a given moment; we could see it, flying only 50 or 60 meters behind us, since the cargo door was partially opened...Truly amazing...). Later on, we did a formation low level fly-by at BRU, followed by another steep climb and sharp turn, downwind leg, gear out, steep descent and landing on RWY 25R...

This was one flight I'll never forget!!

Ivan



Ivan Coninx - Brussels Aviation Photography
User currently offlineLuchtzak From Belgium, joined Dec 2001, 468 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1313 times:

Wow Ivan!

I read you had quite a nice experience.

I was at the opendoor too but stayd only for one hour 30, just to make some quick pictures.
You can find them here

greetings,

luchtzak


User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1295 times:

Luchtzak:

I sure did, I sure did...

Ivan



Ivan Coninx - Brussels Aviation Photography
User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1279 times:

Hi guys,

Indeed, it was a unique event and a fantastic experience  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

In the morning, I left Gent for a one hour drive to the 25L area (near the refugee center).
I hoped to see the arrival of the A333 of Birdy, but due to a big traffic congestion, I saw the A333 landing from the car, and unfortunately not from my preferred spot.

I also missed the landing of the UA B763 (but we saw enough of those in LHR, isn't it Tom?  Big grin).

But... there was also the Delsey Airlines flight, coming from Yerevan. And lucky enough, we did not miss this one.

Around 11 o' clock, I fast went to the pile of earth near the fire department of the airport, to try to make a picture of the parked B752 of Thomas Cook, and when I came back, I met Ivan, who was playing a bit with this D60  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Finally, after 20 minuts of waiting, a plane landed, and Ivan made his first (or was it already the second? D60 picture.

At 11.50am, we had the SQ B744 from Manchester, and some minuts later, I had the honor to shoot with a Canon D60 for the very first time in my life  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

After the BG DC10 and RJ A313, nothing special was going to arrive until the MS B772, scheduled to arrive at 1.30pm, but delayed to 2pm. So me and my dad went to 'Tea room Jumbo' to eat. Lucky enough, I could see through the window to see the approaches. And, at 13.15, I saw the MS 777 coming (45 minuts before actual arrival time). I hurried through the tea room (I hadn't seen the waiter who almost let his glasses he had in his hands fall Big grin), ran outstairs, and finally came in time to take a descent shot of the triple seven.

At 2.30pm, we left the 25L area to go to the 15th wing open door (I promissed Ivan to take some pictures of his flight). Once there, we saw an amazing collection of airplanes parked, and much better for a civil aviation lover like me, a very good opportunity to see the 25R departures.

First aircraft I saw take off was a lovely B727 of Air Contractors, followed by an A332 of Delsey Airlines.

The rest of my experience was like written by the others above very good. I even managed to visit the Sea King cockpit with a small lie Big grin

And much later than foreseen, we left Zaventem, for a more than 1 hour drive back to Gent (again due to traffic congestion).

Like you guys say, we had to arrange a second Brussels spotter meeting Big grin

No pictures are uploaded yet, only the special Armenian Airlines who was there (EK-32001). It was difficult from my position, but I could manage to take a shot of it.

Here it is (quality is not that good, but it was accepted because it was the first picture of an Armenian Airlines A320 in the database):

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Best regards,
Frederic



User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1264 times:

Hi Edwin, I forgot a small detail:

There was a DHL B752 that broke off his take off run after a few hundred meters, perhaps due to some power failure. Some moments later we could hear a DHL B752 (the same?) doing a loud power check on his engines on a remote spot of the airport (ahum, is that allowed on Sunday?).

I think that the aircrafts were not the same. Because I was at the refugee center when the DHL came to check his engines (I first was excited! I thought it was going to take off on 25L Big grin)

The one that tested his engines was an A300, so...

Thanks for starting the topic BTW Big grin

And the Volkswagen Jetta, parked beside our car, with a paper of DHL, that a certain Edwin Vanoverschelde had permission to park his car at the DHL parking, could it be your car BTW? Big grin Big grin  Wink/being sarcastic

Regards,
Frederic



User currently offlineTurbotrent From Belgium, joined Jan 2002, 152 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1250 times:

I also missed the landing of the UA B763 (but we saw enough of those in LHR, isn't it Tom?).

Indeed, after a while I even missed the good old Avro's, because al those widebodies became very boring  Big grin Big grin

Damn, when I read those reports, it seems that I have missed a great day  Sad

Ivan, I'm looking forward to your first D60 shots here on a.net  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Also congratulations with that great picture of the Airbus from Armenian Airlines, Frederic!

Best regards,

Tom



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User currently offlineEstablished02 From Belgium, joined Jan 2002, 536 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1235 times:

> then go into a very steep climb, AND a very sharp turn (about 60°!!).

I was very surprised to see that they would do this kind of sharp manoeuvre with more than 50 passengers on board!!!


> I also saw the Armenian A320 (I read it was a delivery flight)

A delivery flight?! Where do these busses come from, TLS or XFW? Why would Airbus Industries use BRU as an intermediate stop for a delivery flight? Another possibility is perhaps a VIP visit?


What was the routing of the MK B742?
BRU-FIH, like the MK DC8 is usually flying?


> First aircraft I saw take off was a lovely B727 of Air Contractors

I was told that the B727 Air Contractors will return to the lessors in the second half of 2002.


> I even managed to visit the Sea King cockpit with a small lie

You said you were Tom Cruise from Top Gun?  Big grin


> Thanks for starting the topic

You're welcome. Well, considering that up to 40.000 people (?) attended the event (during both days), I thought it could be a worthwhile topic to share some impressions.


User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1229 times:

@Tom:

Damn, when I read those reports, it seems that I have missed a great day

Indeed! Sad that you didn't know about this event  Sad

Ivan, I'm looking forward to your first D60 shots here on a.net

Me too Big grin I am also excited by the way to see my first attempt with a D60  Big grin

Also congratulations with that great picture of the Airbus from Armenian Airlines, Frederic!

Thanks!

@Edwin:

> I even managed to visit the Sea King cockpit with a small lie
You said you were Tom Cruise from Top Gun?


LOL Big grin No, but the cockpit was already closed for visitors because they wanted to prepare for take off, but I told them I was already standing 15 minuts in front of the queu, and let the people pass all the time, because I wanted to take pictures without people on it (it is always annoying when you want to take pictures while people are passing before your camera all the time). First he did not believe me (and he was right, I was there already for 45 seconds in the queu instead of 15 minuts Big grin), but after some time he told me he could indeed not have seen if I was there or not, so he gave me permission for a special cockpit visit  Big thumbs up

Funny thing is that I saw the RS-02 flying around 7 pm in Gent.

considering that up to 40.000 people (?) attended the event (during both days),

Someone told me 15000 people on Saturday and 65000 people on Sunday. Can anyone confirm please?

Regards,
Frederic


User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (12 years 23 hours ago) and read 1206 times:

Established02:

I was very surprised to see that they would do this kind of sharp manoeuvre with more than 50 passengers on board!!!

So was I, but that didn't bother me of course to get inside one and have one of the most crazy flights in my (still young?) life  Laugh out loud

A delivery flight?! Where do these busses come from, TLS or XFW? Why would Airbus Industries use BRU as an intermediate stop for a delivery flight? Another possibility is perhaps a VIP visit?

I don't know. Maybe it stopped by to show it to SN BA or VEX?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy NOT

Sabena 690:

Someone told me 15000 people on Saturday and 65000 people on Sunday. Can anyone confirm please?

Should have been something like that. I read 15 000 on sat. and around 50 000 on sun.

I met Ivan, who was playing a bit with this D60

I object! I was not 'playing', I was studying this wonderful but complex piece of equipment  Laugh out loud

Finally, after 20 minuts of waiting, a plane landed, and Ivan made his first (or was it already the second? D60 picture.

Well, I already too a few shots at home, of a UA 767 that took off, but the waeather was that poor that they turned out pretty crappy.

At 11.50am, we had the SQ B744 from Manchester, and some minuts later, I had the honor to shoot with a Canon D60 for the very first time in my life

No problemo...

Me too I am also excited by the way to see my first attempt with a D60

Next time I see you on MSN or so, I'll send you the unedited files. Beware, they are about 1.5mB each, and unedited (you'll need to crop, resize, sharpen, colour adjustment maybe and such...).


Turbotrent:

Ivan, I'm looking forward to your first D60 shots here on a.net

Be patient, my friend...First pictures have been uploaded (you can already find some of them you know where). I'm currently processsing another bunch of shots that I took today. I must say I've learned a lot about digital image processing these past few days. So don't shoot me if the first D60 pictures look somewhat crappy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy That's just me who screwed them up, not the camera.







Ivan Coninx - Brussels Aviation Photography
User currently offlineGroholsky From Belgium, joined May 2001, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 22 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

I took off that afternoon with an A300 DHL at 1705 local time (at that moment we eared a C-130 entering the CTR of Brussels asking for a low pass...It was cleared to do so and set course direct to "OP" which is the OM on the 25R), and indeed there was a lot of peolple visiting those C-130...As there was a lot of people taking pictures of the Armenian A320 near Abelag. I'm glad the weather was so nice !!!

See you all next time along the 25R !!!

Good night


User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 hours ago) and read 1161 times:

I saw you during take off, Groholsky!!

I remember me that an A300 was taxiing during the low pass. I will look if I made a picture of it (I don't think so but I will have a look).

Regards,
Frederic



User currently offlineGroholsky From Belgium, joined May 2001, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 6 hours ago) and read 1146 times:

That would be nice, indeed !!!

Thanks !

Groholsky


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