The F-16 has been the backbone of Belgian and NATO’s air defence for more than 30 years. The F-16 has been a common sight at the International Sanicole Airshow in that period, also thanks to the connection with the nearby airbase at Kleine-Brogel.
The ambassadors of the French air force and France as a whole, the Patrouille de France is the French national display team, perhaps best known for opening the military parade on 14 July drawing the French national colours over Paris. The team represents the French air force and more generally the French aviation industry worldwide.
The demonstration team of the Italian air force is called Frecce Tricolori, the three-coloured arrows. They are the biggest military display team in Europe with ten MB339 jet trainers of Italian design.
Glider aerobatics have always been popular at Sanicole. The pilots of GliderFX are old friends at the International Sanicole Airshow and in 2017, they will once again thrill the audience.
The Polish airforce will send over a legendary aircraft from the cold war. At the end of the 70s, the former Soviet Union was faced with a new generation of western fighters that were more agile to achieve air superiority. The design bureau Mikoyan-Gurevich was tasked with designing an aircraft that could match the agility of the western aircraft.