In the late 1990s, the Belgian Air Component applied the USAF style tail codes FS and BL, derived from the ICAO codes for the air bases of Florennes (EBFS) and Kleine-Brogel (EBBL), to a dozen or so aircraft as a test. While the 10th Tactical Wing seems to have abandoned this type of unit markings in favour of the Red Lion on an Air Force blue shield to identify its F-16s, the 2nd Tactical Wing continues to use the FS tail code on its aircraft. A number of additional aircraft have been noted recently with new, somewhat bolder FS lettering on the vertical tail fin, like these FA-115 and FB-02.
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New Colour Scheme for Belgian F-16 Solo Display Aircraft
Lockheed Martin F-16AM FA-131, the preferred aircraft of Commandant Michaël “Mickey“ Artiges, received a special display colour scheme for the 2007 air show season. The Air Component opted for a low visibility colour scheme in order to preserve the aircraft for operational duties as well as to give it a certain cachet when displaying. A small No. 1 Scottish Thistle Squadron badge underneath the cockpit reveals the display pilot’s unit. The crew chiefs’ names are painted on the port main landing gear door.
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© Jos Schoofs (June 2007)
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