Lien spend some holiday time at the Belgian coast from Wednesday, March 22nd until Friday, March 24th. Every day she also spend some time at Coxyde Air Base in the hope to see some movements from the based helicopters. On the 22nd she had the luck to see a Sea King Mk.48 performing cargo sling exercises on base. After this helicopter had finished the cargo sling exercises she was treated by some touch and go’s performed by NH-90NFH RN02. On this day there were also night flights and Lien managed to make a couple of nice shots from RN02 during start up.
On Thursday she visited Coxyde again and saw the return from RS02 after it flew a training sortie above the sea. During her visit she also saw a French Alpha Jet making an overshoot but unfortunately she didn’t had the time to make some pictures of it.
On Friday Lien managed to catch the start up and take off from Sea King RS04 for a training sortie along the Belgian coast. She also witnessed a test flight from NH-90NFH RN03 and afterwards this helicopter did a 2 hour long training mission.
Text and Photography: Lien Lamberts
On the 18th of April Lien made another trip to Koksijde again in the hope to see some local helicopter action. In the afternoon she was lucky when Sea King RS02 took off for a training flight above the sea. But her main goal for this visit was to capture the helicopters during start-up and shut down during the night flights. So in the evening she returned to the Airbase and witnessed the start-up of NH90 RN-04, this was the last NH90 that was delivered to the Belgian Air Force on the 20th of March 2017. Besides the training flight from the RN-04 she also caught Sea King RS02 during the night flights training.
On the 19th of April Lien went back to Koksijde and upon arrival she already saw that Alouette III M2 was performing a cargo sling exercise. In the afternoon Sea King RS02 took off for a single engine training sortie above the sea and in the evening she caught the same Sea King again during the night flying training.
Text & Photography: Lien Lamberts