Belgian F-16s in Corsica
Earlier this summer, 1 Squadron ‘Stingers’ of the Belgian Air Component departed their home base of Florennes for a two-week deployment to Solenzara on the French island of Corsica. Joe Campion joined them.
The ‘Stingers’ departed Belgium on June 3 and returned on June 14. The Corsican trip was part of a typically busy schedule for the squadron, which has been heavily involved in frontline combat in the past decade, including deployments for operations over Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq and Syria, as well as meeting NATO air defence responsibilities under the Baltic Air Policing mission. The squadron deployed to Corsica with a total of five of its Block 15 F-16AM airframes.