|New fin flash on Belgian non-tactical transport aircraft|
In order to better brand the fleet of white aircraft of the Belgian Defence as support airlift assets for not only the military general staff, but also for the Belgian government and royal family, the national flag as fin flash has recently been replaced on these aircraft with the logo of the Ministry of Defence. This logo, introduced in 2002, is composed of a roundel in Belgian national colours, surrounded by a border in European Union blue marked with 12 yellow stars and NATO’s four-pointed compass. The royal lion and crown are superimposed on the Belgian roundel. The logo underlines the integration of Belgium and its armed forces in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. It also emphasises the countries unity, symbolised by the royal markings.
The new fin flash has been applied during the past two months to all non-tactical transport aircraft of the Belgian Defence. The Airbus Industries A.310-222 (CA-01 and 02), Embraer ERJ-135 (CE-01 and 02) and ERJ-145 (CE-03 and 04), Dassault Aviation Falcon 20E (CM-01 and 02) and Dassault Aviation Falcon 900B (CD-01) form the so-called white fleet and all serve with No. 20 Squadron/15th Transport Wing at Melsbroek airbase.
The recently applied logo of the Ministry of Defence and the royal coat of arms on the tail fin of Airbus Industries A.310-222 CA-01 of No. 21 Squadron / 15th Transport Wing at Melsbroek air base.
Dassault Aviation Falcon 900B CD-01 is seen here being maintained in open air at Melsbroek air base. The cover of the central engine being removed, the royal coat of arms is only partly visible. The Falcon 900B does not carry the logo of the Belgian Air Force / Air Component. The badge on the right of the entrance door is that of No. 21 Squadron (Sioux in a red circle). The aircraft still carries the titles of the Belgian Air Force underneath No. 21 Squadron’s badge. This old appellation, however, is being replaced gradually when aircraft undergo major maintenance, as has already been the case with the Falcon 20E and Airbus A.310-222.
All four Embraer aircraft of the Belgian Defence now carry the logo of the Ministry of Defence as fin flash instead of the Belgian national flag.
Embraer ERJ-145 CE-04 carries the logo of the Belgian Air Force / Air Component on the engine nacelles, the royal coat of arms at the base of the fin and the logo of the Ministry of Defence as fin flash.
The Belgian Dassault Aviation Falcon 20Es now carry the logo of the Belgian Air Force / Air Component on the engine nacelles, the royal coat of arms at the base of the fin and the logo of the Ministry of Defence as fin flash.
The logo of the Belgian Ministry of Defence as it was introduced in 2002 and applied on all non-tactical transport aircraft of the Belgian Defence in 2006 (by courtesy of the Ministry of Defence).
Text and pictures by
© Jos Schoofs (June 2006)
Last updated 15/06/06 16:01 Daniel Brackx