The second edition of the Koksijde Fly-In took place during the first weekend of July. Located close to the Belgian coast, it’s a nice venue to visit, both for crew and public. Both the Bronco and a Skyvan arrived on Friday for a static display over the weekend. On Friday evening a very enjoyable arrivals party was organized, kicking off the weekend.

On Saturday the weather was hot, the sales tent was erected and the first public started to arrive. The Bronco was parked next to a Dutch owned Cessna O-2 Skymaster, another aircraft type with Vietnam War background. Some of the highlights visiting the Fly-In were the B-25 and Spitfire, Ju-52, Catalina, P-51 and T-28, next to a whole range of vintage to more modern aircraft. The Catalina took to the skies for a couple of VIP passenger flights, while the public could make a ride in a helicopter, SV-4 or in the An-2. The locally based Helicopters of the 40th Squadron were present as well, and a SAR demonstration was given by the ubiquitous Sea King. Late afternoon, the light was great so we took the opportunity to make some photographs with our Dirndls, before joining the BBQ in the evening.

On Sunday morning, the Skyvan left Koksijde for Manchester to fly in the airshow there, while the Bronco stayed at Koksijde. The weather forecast was not so good for Sunday and early morning a lot of fly-In aircraft departed for home, while only a few new visitors arrived. The weather stayed overcast till noon when unfortunately rain started falling too. By mid-afternoon it cleared up again, and sunshine cleared the skies over Koksijde. In the evening the Bronco was flown back home in perfect weather, ending a most enjoyable weekend.


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