Belgian ‘Stingers’

Roy van Sonsbeek and Niels Roman look back at the highpoints in the history of 1 Squadron of the Belgian Air Component, which celebrated 100 years of operations last year.

1 Squadron Belgian Air Component

A 1 Squadron F-16AM gets ‘down in the weeds’ during low-flying training in the UK. The squadron was created by royal decree signed by King Albert I on April 16, 1913 and its current callsign is ‘Stinger’.
Robin Coenders

The official line is that 1 Squadron of the Belgian Air Component turned 100 last year, but in fact this year is the unit’s 105th birthday having been formed in 1913 when, by royal decree, the aviation and balloon squadrons were separated from the army.

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