BRUMIL's finest hour  

 

  The completely renewed military airport part of Melsbroek airbase (BRUMIL) adjacent to Zaventem's Brussels Airport has had it's day of glory in the framework of the 8th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM 8) organised in Brussels on 4 and 5 October 2010.

 This biennial summit is the privileged occasion to give expression to the common views of Asia and Europe. Representing 58 % of global population, 50 % of global GDP and over 60% of global trade, this gathering will hopefully inspire the world community. Indeed, a month later, the first G-20 meeting to take place in a non G-8 country will gather in Seoul, Republic of Korea, to shape the policies that are required in the face of the financial and economic crisis. A few weeks thereafter, the 16th Conference of the Parties of the Climate Change Convention will meet in Cancun, Mexico, to pursue the efforts started at the Copenhagen Summit of December last year. As a testimony of ASEM’s unrelenting success, the summit of Brussels has also admitted the new members, RussiaAustralia and New Zealand who will join in the proceedings for the first time.

 As many of the ASEM partner countries are represented by their state leaders or highest representatives the number of governmental aircraft involved was quite impressive to say the least. The machines were parked at Abelag or at the new BRUMIL airport.

 

 

ASEM 8 movements at BRUMIL 04/10/2010

BRUMIL's apron packed with Asian wide-bodies and a vintage Russian as a replacement for an IL96.

 

 

ASEM 8 movements at BRUMIL 04/10/2010

One of two Japan Air Self Defense Force's or 航空自衛隊 Boeing 747-400. This one is 20-1102

ASEM 8 movements at BRUMIL 04/10/2010

Always bring your own set of tools ....

ASEM 8 movements at BRUMIL 04/10/2010

ASEM 8 movements at BRUMIL 04/10/2010

ASEM Summit Melsbroek 04/10/2010

The Russian Government had planned to bring its delegation to the ASEM 8 summit by Ilyushin Il-96 but for unknown reasons send this much more interesting and very rare vintage Ilyushin Il-62M RA-86540 (cn 3546548)

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ASEM 8 movements at BRUMIL 04/10/2010

 

Certainly not a common site at Brussels Airport is the Boeing 777-26K/ER  VN-A143 (cn 33502/450) of Vietnam Airlines

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ASEM 8 movements at BRUMIL 04/10/2010

 

Equally rare for the Belgian capital's airport is Boeing 747-437 VT-EVA "Agra" (cn 28094/1089) of Air India bringing the Indian delegation

 

;ASEM 8 movements at BRUMIL 04/10/2010

ASEM 8 movements at BRUMIL 04/10/2010

"Air Force One" - Republic of Korea style.

Boeing 747-4B5 HL7465 (cn 26412/1284) "Code One" is on long-term lease by the government from Korean Air.

ASEM 8 movements at BRUMIL 04/10/2010

European delegations arrived with aircraft of a slighly more modest scale - Danish Air Force Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger C-168

ASEM 8 movements at BRUMIL 04/10/2010

Italian Aeronautica Militare Dassault Falcon 900EX MM-62171 arriving with a delegation.

 

See more pics at our friends site SBAP

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 © Daniel Brackx  (October 2010)

Thx Peter & Dirk.

Last updated 05/10/10 21:01   Daniel Brackx

daniel.brackx@telenet.be