Florennes Air Base
Florennes Air Base (ICAO: EBFS) is a Belgian Air Component military airfield located 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) east southeast of Florennes, a Walloon municipality of Belgium. It is home to the 2nd Tactical Wing, operating F-16 Fighting Falcons. It also used to be the home to the Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP), a joint training program formed by 10 NATO members. On July 31, 2009, TLP moved to Albacete in Spain.
Florennes Air Base
(Advanced Landing Ground A-78)
|Operator||Belgian Air Component|
|Location||Florennes, Wallonia, Belgium|
|Elevation AMSL||935 ft / 285 m|
During World War II, German Luftwaffe fighter units operated from here, including Ju 88 and Bf 110 night fighters, and Focke-Wulf Fw 190 day fighters. It was captured in September 1944, after which Allied units operating from here included the USAAF's 430th Fighter Squadron, flying Lockheed P38 Lightnings in the ground attack role, and the 422nd Night Fighter Squadron, flying Northrop P-61 Black Widows.
Currently, two fighter squadrons operate out of Florennes Airbase. 1 Squadron, which was started in 1917 and 350 Squadron, founded in the UK in 1942 during the Second World War. Both units fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
On 11 October 2018 a Belgian Air Force F-16 caught fire during maintenance works at the base. The fire, reportedly caused by the accidental firing of a canon, completely destroyed that aircraft. A second F-16 received collateral damage.
- AIP for EBFS – Florennes Air Base from Belgocontrol
- Zeno's Warbird Videos, "430th Fighter Squadron 'Back Door Gang'P38s"
- "Belgian Air Force F-16 destroyed by fire during maintenance - Collateral damage on second F-16 - Aviation24.be". 12 October 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
- Werth, Elizabeth. "Technician Accidentally Sets off an F-16 Cannon, Blows Up Another F-16". Retrieved 14 October 2018.
- Media related to Florennes Air Base at Wikimedia Commons
- Tactical Leadership Programme
- Belgian Defence Force (French & Dutch)
- 485th Tactical Missile Wing
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