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Florennes Air Base (ICAO: EBFS) is a Belgian Air Component military airfield located 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) east southeast[1] 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)
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Summary
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorBelgian Air Component
LocationFlorennes, Wallonia, Belgium
Built1936
Elevation AMSL935 ft / 285 m
Coordinates50°14′36″N 004°38′45″E / 50.24333°N 4.64583°E / 50.24333; 4.64583Coordinates: 50°14′36″N 004°38′45″E / 50.24333°N 4.64583°E / 50.24333; 4.64583
Map
EBFS is located in Belgium
EBFS
EBFS
Location in Belgium
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08L/26R 3,385 11,106 Asphalt
08R/26L 2,250 7,382 Asphalt
Sources: Belgian AIP[1]

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UnitsEdit

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.[2]

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.

Notable incidentsEdit

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.[3][4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b AIP for EBFS – Florennes Air Base from Belgocontrol
  2. ^ Zeno's Warbird Videos, "430th Fighter Squadron 'Back Door Gang'P38s"
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ Werth, Elizabeth. "Technician Accidentally Sets off an F-16 Cannon, Blows Up Another F-16". Retrieved 14 October 2018.

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