Belgian flavour at La Ferté Alais


The annual Fête Aérienne at the Aérodrome de Cerny – La Ferté Alais, just south of Paris, is without doubt one of the highlights of the European warbird and vintage aircraft air show season. Like every year, the 2008 edition too had a number of participants with a Belgian link.


 North American AT-6C-1-NT Harvard IIa F-AZBE flew with the Belgian Air Force as H-29 from April 1947 till May 1958. It now carries the colour scheme of a USAAF aircraft, 43-12127/TA-127. Many of the Harvards of the Amicale Jean Baptiste Salis are painted in historic colour schemes for use in films or air displays.


Nanchang CJ.5 OO-IAK (c/n 132019) is a Chinese-built Yak-18 and is owned and flown by Belgian Jean-Michel Legrand. It was the only Belgian registered aircraft present at La Ferté Alais.


 On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Belgian Air Force in 1996, Douglas C.53D-DO N49AG (c/n 11737) flew in the colours of Douglas C-47B Skystrain K-16 OT-CWG of No. 21 Squadron / 15th Wing. George Perez’ aircraft tody still carries some traces of this colour scheme.

 N49AG leads a formation of a pair of Junkers 52 transport aircraft: Ju 52/3m HB-HOS (c/n 6580) of the Swiss Ju-Air and Casa C-352L F-AZJU (c/n 103) of the Amicale Jean Baptiste Salis.


 Bad weather can have advantages too for a photographer as proven by this photograph of Rafale 19 of the French Aéronautique navale.


 Text and pictures by

© Jos Schoofs (May 2008)

Last updated 02/06/08 10:26   Daniel Brackx