Military Aviation

 1947 – 1949     Air Observation Post Squadrons

 

Belgian Air Force

 1949 – 1954     Air Observation Post Squadrons

 

Belgian Army

 1954 – 1993     Light Aviation Squadrons

1993 – 2004     Light Aviation Group Battalions

 

Belgian Air Component

2004 – 2011     Wing Heli Squadrons

2011 ........     1st Wing Squadrons 

 
LIGHT AVIATION WING HELI 1st WING
     
 

Display Teams & Solo Displays

In 1963 the 16th Squadron formed the first helicopter display team called Red Pitch.  They were followed by the 17th Sq. in 1968 when they formed the Blue Bees (with blue being the color of the Light Aviation, and the Bee was the Light Aviation insignia).  The 18th Sqn formed their Larks in 1970.

In 1971 it was decided that only 1 single team would represent the Belgian Light Aviation at national and international air shows and this under the name Blue Bees.  The Squadrons would take turns in putting the team together.  In 1972 and 1973 it was the 17th Sqn., from 1974 to 1976 the 16th Sqn., in 1977 and 1978 it was the 18th Sqn.  In 1979 the 17th Squadron took over again for the very last season of the Blue Bees.

1968-1979 1968-1979
     

 

16th Sqn 1974-1976 18th Sqn - 1979
     
Dutch version Being a representative abroad of the Belgian Army in particular, and the Belgian Armed Forces in general, the Ministry of Defence promoted the Blue Bees in 1974 to the rank of "National Demo Team".  Members were allowed to wear on their uniforms and flyingsuits the badge of "International military representative" French version
   
  cloth version for flightsuit (reproduction)  
     
18th Sqn - 1991 2006 2010
     
 
2011 2012 2013
     
 

 

2014 2015 2015
     
 no patch  
2016 2017  
     
 

Staff

Light Aviation Staff  Light Aviation HQ Coy.  Light Aviation HQ Coy.
     
Wing Heli Wing Heli Wing Heli
 
   
Wing Heli 1 Wing  
 
 

255th Company Ordonnance (Light Aviation) (1954) → 255th Company Maintenance (Light Aviation) (1993) Maintenance Group (2004)

 
     
     
     
   
     
   
     
     
     
 
After arrival of the DO-27 a section from the 8th Signals Bn. was detached to the 255 Coy. to maintain radios and IFR equipment  
 

Flying Group and Operations & Training Squadron

  Wing Heli   Wing Heli   
     
 

369th Air Observation Post Escadrille (1947) 15th AOP Escadrille (1948) 15th Light Aviation Squadron (OTU) (1954) 15th Army Aviation School-Squadron (1964) Army Aviation School (1973) 15th Operational Conversion & Training Unit (2004)

                                                           

15th AOP Sqn.

     
   
Army Aviation School Army Aviation School Army Aviation School
     
     
Army Aviation School Army Aviation School Army Aviation School
     
   
Army Aviation School Army Aviation School Army Aviation School
Army Aviation School Wing Heli - Sqn. OCTU 1 Wing - Sqn. OCTU
   
1 Wing - Sqn. OCTU    
 

16th AOP Escadrille (1953) 16th Light Aviation Squadron (1954) 16th Squadron Liaison Helicopters (1992) 16th Battalion Liaison Helicopters (1993) 16th Squadron Multi-Role Helicopters (2004) disbanded (2009)

   

Light Aviation Sqn.

Light Aviation Sqn.

Light Aviation Sqn.

     
     
Light Aviation Sqn. Light Aviation Sqn. Light Aviation Sqn.
     
 

  

Light Aviation - Sqn Liaison Helicopters Light Aviation - Sqn. Liaison Helicopters Light Aviation - Sqn. Liaison Helicopters
     
     
 

Operation Restore Hope

5 December 1992 – 4 May 1993 

   
Light Aviation. - Sqn. Liaison Helicopters Light Aviation Gp. - Bn. Liaison Helicopters Light Aviation Gp. - Bn. Liaison Helicopters
   
Light Aviation Gp. - Bn. Liaison Helicopters Light Aviation Gp. - Bn. Liaison Helicopters Wing Heli - Sqn. MRH
     
Wing Heli - Sqn. MRH    
 
 

17th Light Aviation Squadron (1956) 17th Squadron Helicopter Anti-Tank (1992) 17th Battalion Helicopter Anti-Tank (1993) 17th Squadron Multi-Role Helicopters (2004)

     

Light Aviation Sqn.

Light Aviation Sqn. Light Aviation Sqn.
     
 
Light Aviation Gp. - Bn. HATK Light Aviation Gp. - Bn. HATK Light Aviation Gp. - Bn. HATK
     
   
Light Aviation Gp. - Bn. MRH Light Aviation Gp. - Bn. MRH Wing Heli - Sqn. MRH
     
   
Wing Heli - Sqn. MRH Wing Heli - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH
     
   
1 Wing - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH
     
   
1 Wing - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH (3D plastic)
     
 
1 Wing - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH
     
 

18th Light Aviation Squadron (1956) 18th Squdron Anti-Tank Helicopters (1992) 18th Battalion Anti-Tank Helicopters (1993) 18th Squadron Multi-Role Helicopters (2004)

   
Light Aviation Sqn Light Aviation Sqn Light Aviation Sqn
     
   
Light Aviation Sqn Light Aviation Sqn Light Aviation Sqn
     
     
Light Aviation Gp. - Bn. HATK Light Aviation Gp. - Bn. HATK Light Aviation Gp. - Bn. HATK
     
     
Wing Heli - Sqn. MRH Wing Heli - Sqn. MRH Wing Heli - Sqn. MRH
     
 
Wing Heli - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH
 
1 Wing - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH
 
 
1 Wing - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH
 
 
1 Wing - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH
 
 
1 Wing - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH
 
1 Wing - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH
 
 
1 Wing - Sqn. MRH 1 Wing - Sqn. MRH  
     
     
     
     
 

Miscellaneous Light Aviation insignia

beret badge NCO's

beret badge Officers

   
 
collar patches (1954-2000) collar badges (2000-2004)
 
 

Pilot wings & nametags

Pilot-Observer, 15th AOP Esc. (pilots came from Artillery units)
 
NCO reproduction Officer reproduction
 
Reconnaissance and Liaison Pilot, 16th AOP Esc. (pilots came from Armoured & Infantry units)
 
NCO  reproduction Officer  reproduction Officer  reproduction
   
Army Aviation Pilot

 

NCO, metal

NCO, bullion NCO, bullion, shirt size
     

 

 

 

Officer, metal Officer, bullion Officer, bullion, shirt size
     
 

Officer, bullion, shirt size
   
   
     
   
 
NCO Officer Officer
     
     
5th Sqn. Instructor Helicopter Pilot, NCO 5th Sqn. Instructor Helicopter Pilot, NCO 5th Sqn. Instructor Helicopter Pilot, officer
     
 
16th Sqn. Multi-Role Helicopters 16th Sqn. Multi-Role Helicopters 16th Sqn. Multi-Role Helicopters
     
16th Sqn. Multi-Role Helicopters   17th Bn. Anti-Tank Helicopters
     
17th Bn. Anti-Tank Helicopters 18th Bn. Anti-Tank Helicopters  
     
  OR-7 OR-7
     
OR-7 OR-8 OF-1
     
 
OF-3 OF-3  
     
 
Belgian Forces in Germany Aeroclub Belgian Forces in Germany Aeroclub Belgian Defence Aeroclub
     
 

Belgian Forces in Germany (From 1951 untill 1996 the Light Aviation was stationed in Germany and subordinate to these units.)

16st Armoured Division / 16th Armoured Infantry Division 1st Infantry Division / 1st Armoured Infantry Division 1st (BE) Army Corps
16th Squadron/Battalion 17th Squadron/Battalion 18th Squadron/Battalion

 These patches were worn on the left upper sleeve of the uniform and came in 3 versions : woven (the oldest), plastic & embroided

 

Air Force pilot wings & nametags

metal

bullion 18th Sqn Multi-Role Helicopters
     

17th Sqn Multi-Role Helicopters OF-1
 
 

French Army Air Force - Aviation Légère de l'Armée de Terre - ALAT (From 1960 untill 1963 all helicopter-pilot & -maintenance training was conducted at the French Army Aviation School.  In 2006 helicopter-pilot training moved to France again.)

École de Spécialisation de l'Aviation Légère de l'Armée de Terre (ESALAT)

(Army Aviation Advanced Flying School, 1960 - 1963)

Helicopter Pilot

(1960 - 1963)

Helicopter Technician

(1960 - 1963)

 

 

École d'Application de l'Aviation Légère de l'Armée de Terre (EAALAT)

(Army Aviation Flying School, from 2006)

École de Spécialisation de l'Aviation Légère de l'Armée de Terre (ESALAT)

(Army Aviation Advanced Flying School, from 2006)

Officer Pilot

(from 2006)

   
   
Sécurité des Vols

(flight safety training)

Sécurité des Vols

(flight safety training)

Centre de Vol en Montagne

(mountain flying training school)

     
Centre de Formation Initial Hélicoptere

(initial helicopter training center)

   
 
 

Airplanes & Helicopters

 Piper L18C Super Cub : 16 Juli 1952 - 31 March 1970    
   
     
Britten-Norman BN-2B Defender :  22 Mai 1976 - 9 March 2005    
     
Aérospatiale Alouette II :  26 October 1959 - 9 September 2009    
      

UNAMIR - United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda

29 November 1993 - 25 March 1994 

     
Agusta A-109BA : 13 Januari 1992 - ...........    
 
   
 
   
   
     
NHIndustrie NH-90 TTH / MTH : 22 December 2012 - ..........    
   
 

Miscellaneous insignia

     
     
     
     
This is the patch from the Umbrella Corporation from the Resident Evil movies.  Armed A109's fly "umbrella" when there is a NATO, EU or other summit in Brussels.  At least 1 of the 17 Sqn pilots wears this patch
 

Operations & Excercises

     
 
   
   
   
   
 

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