Spotting Group Koksijde

Welcome to the website of Spotting Group Koksijde. Our group collects people living near Koksijde Air Base which are passionate in military aviation. On the "Koksijde" page you can find more information about the helicopters based at Koksijde and the spots where you can see the action. We try to collect the daily military visitors and these are listed in the "movements" section. On the "pictures" page we show you the pictures made at Koksijde throughout the year. Off course we travel to other airfields around the globe as well, and these trip reports can be read in the "trips" section of this website. You can find us on facebook where we post extra last-minute info and news. We hope you enjoy browsing through this website.

Latest updates

Culdrose - Air Day

The annual Air Day was being held on Thursday July 30th. A great flying display program was presented to the 20.000 strong crowds and all this in great summer weather. Air Day 2015 was a sad occasion as it was to be the last appearance by Sea King HU5s, with 771 Naval Air Squadron handing over Search and Rescue duties in January 2016. As well as a three-ship formation in the Balbo, the squadron also provided a short SAR role demonstration and had their hangar open for visitors to bid farewell to the red and grey helicopters that have proudly served Cornwall for over 40 years. see more...

Photoshoot NH-industries

On Wednesday November 25 a 3-ship formation was set up consisting of all the different helicopter types based at Koksijde: the Alouette III, Sea King and Caiman. The reason for this formation was a photoshoot with NH-industries photographer Anthony Pecchi. First some pictures were taken on the runway with the diver and medic posing in front of the three helicopters hovering above the runway. After that the trio took off and the photographer jumped in a second Caiman for an air-to-air sortie over the sea. see more...

Arrival Sea King HAR.3A ZH542

Tuesday November 24th at 12h13lt, Sea King HAR.3A ZH542 (c/n WA1008) from the A flight 22 Sqn of the Royal Air Force, touched down at Koksijde for the very last time. It took off around 09h00lt at the Royal Marines Base Chivenor in the UK for its final flight to Belgium. Belgian Defence bought this Sea King from the Brits to strip the airframe down and use the spare parts to keep the Belgian Sea King fleet in the air. see more...