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Belgium is located in Western Europe on the southern shore of the North Sea. It is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the south and west and the North Sea to the northwest. It’s strategic location on key Western European trade routes has made the area both prosperous and a battleground in time of war.
The country is divided by the valley of the Meuse and Sambre rivers into two major regions. To the northwest is a generally level costal plain which is drained by numerous canals. To the southeast lies the Ardennes – a forested plateau some 1200-1500 ft (370-460 m) above sea level, broken by several river valleys The total land area is 32,820 sq km (12,672 sq miles).
The Population of 10.2 million (2000 figure) comprises two main ethnic groups. The Germanic, Flemish-speaking Flemings of the north and Celtic, French-speaking Walloons of the south. Flemish is a derivative of Dutch. 58% of the population are Flemings and 33% Walloons. In addition to a small native German minority, there is a significant immigrant population of Moroccan, Italian and other groups, making up 9% of the total. Some 88% of the people are Roman Catholics, 2% Muslim and 10% other faiths. The capital city is Brussels.
Further National Information
Text to be added on the development of aviation in Belgium.
Civil Aircraft Registrations
Belgian civil aircraft were registered in the series O-BAAA onwards from 1919, but this changed to OO-AAA onwards in 1929. After WW2 the OO- register was re-established. Military aircraft callsigns are in the OT-AAA and onwards sequence.
An incomplete all-time Belgian civil aircraft register listing is here.
Military Air Arms
Historical military air arms-
Air Force (L’Aeronautique Militaire Belge) [1916-1940]
Army Aviation (Licht Vliegwezen/Aviation Legere) [1947-2004]
Colonial Policing (Aviation de la Force Publique) [1941-1960]
Central Government Agencies
Air Cadets (De Luchtcadetten van Belgie/Les Cadets del’Air de Belgique)
Public Service Aviation
To be added
Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots
Civil Airports & Airfields
Military Air Bases & Airfields
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.
Magazines Guide for Belgium
Belgian Aviation Bibliography – to be added
Belgian aviation discussion forum
Books Belgian Aviation
Short bibliography of Belgian aviation books
BAHA – Belgian Aviation History Association
Lots of information on Belgian civil and military aviation
Aviation Society of Antwerp
Society and aviation enthusiast info
Brussels Air Museum Foundation
Links to Belgian aviation history websites
Aviation Heritage in Belgium
Photos of aircraft in Belgian aviation museums
Belgian Aviation Heritage Library
Collection of historical aviation photos
Aviation Museums Belgium
Visitor data and exhibits for each location
Belgian leisure aviation portal