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The Belgium Luchtvaart Component

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The Belgian Air Component (Dutch: Luchtcomponent, French: Composante air) is the air arm of the Belgian Armed Forces, and until January 2002 it was officially known as the Belgian Air Force (Dutch: Belgische Luchtmacht; French: Force aérienne belge). The Belgian military aviation was founded in 1909 and is one of the world's oldest air services.

 

The commander is Major General aviator Frederik Vansina, appointed on 23 July 2009.

 

The Belgian military aviation was founded in 1909 as a branch of the Belgian Army, carrying the name Compagnie des Ouvriers et Aérostiers.[4] King Albert's interest in the military use of aircraft was the main impetus for its formation. Coincidentally, in the civil aviation sector, Baron Pierre de Caters earned the first civil pilot's brevet that same year. Caters would promptly establish an aviation school. At approximately the same time, the War Ministry followed the French military's example and had pilots earn a civil pilot's brevet before their military one

 

History

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Active 1909–1915: Company of Aviators

1915–1940: Military Aviation

1946–1949: Military Aviation

1949–2002: Belgian Air Force

2002–present: Air Component

Allegiance King of the Belgians

Type Air force

Role Aerial warfare

Size 5,739 personnel

 

 

 

Fighter F-16 Fighting Falcon United States  multirole  F-16A  44

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II United States multirole F-35A 34 on order

Airbus A321 France  VIP 1

Embraer ERJ145  Brazil  VIP 4

Lockheed C-130  United States  tactical airlift  / Airbus A400M Atlas France / Spain tactical airlift

Alouette III  France  liaison   3  flown for the Belgian Navy NHIndustries NH90 European Union utility / transport  NFH/ TTH  8

AgustaWestland AW109 Italy

Trainer Aircraft

Alpha Jet France / Germany trainer / light attack 28

F-16 Fighting Falcon  United States  conversion trainer F-16B  9

SIAI-Marchetti SF.260 Italy  trainer 33
Former Dassault Mirage 5 / Stampe et Vertongen SV.4

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