Missing Man Formation for Memorial Day

Earlier this afternoon four F-15 fighter jets from the U.S. Air Force flew over my hometown of Waregem, performing the famous "missing man formation".

Arriving, flying in formation...

A few seconds later, one of them had left the formation (flying straight to the heavens).

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The same pictures, but from a wider angle:

The F-15E "Strike Eagle" fighters are based at the RAF Lakenheath air base in the UK, and were coming from Margraten in the Netherlands where they did a similar flyover.

This was very difficult to photograph, especially with a digital camera that has a large shutter lag. It all happens in a few seconds, it's moving very fast, and the roaring noise seems to come from a different place than were the jets really are. Maybe Tom Korologos, the U.S. ambassador to Belgium, has better pictures, since he seems to have a Contax Rangefinder camera.

As Lieutenant General Edward Hanlon Jr. (right) is saluting, ambassador and former journalist Tom Korologos (left, white hair) is taking pictures.

Saad-Eddine Kaddi (left) is the new superindentent of the "Flanders Field" American cemetery in Waregem. His predecessor was Hubert Caloud. Saad-Eddine Kaddi was born in Casablanca, Morocco, en has served 24 years in the U.S. Air Force. Before moving to Europe, he lived in Apache Junction, Arizona.

Some of the personalities attending the Memorial Day ceremony in Waregem. Left to right: ambassador Tom Korologos; a representative of the Belgian King, sitting in a special chair (the name of this representative was not mentioned, nor could it be found in the press reports of this event); federal minister Renaat Landuyt; supreme court judge Erik De Rijcke; lieutenant general Edward Hanlon Jr.

More information about Memorial Day in Waregem and the "Flanders Field" cemetery can be found in the blog post I wrote last year.





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Outlaw Mike


I don't get it Joe. But then I must be dumb, because I vote VB.




@Mike: for you it's called "powder room".




Jöe: why would you need to clean my toilet, it's already clean.




Hey buddy, awesome pictures taken. Good to see a review of Memorial day. Brilliant job!!


Outlaw Mike


It's called a "loo", Joe. You yourself taught me that. Hey, these F-15's flew from England to Holland and Back over Belgium just for Memorial Day? Guess they used up the equivalent of the yearly Belgian Air Force aviation fuel quotum. Well, at least Flahaut got us nice uniforms.




@ Briggs: too lazy to translate what?
Do I have to come and clean your toilet as well?




Dear readers, the commentator above is too lazy to translate it but has sufficient time to BS around. All I asked if we could get a heads up next time.




Mike, to testicle me there's a whole lot more needed than that.....
And about your bad mood: your wife doesn't let you come in bed before 2 am?


Outlaw Mike


Ok, that was not nice. I'm just in such a mood.


Outlaw Mike


Multiculturalism Outlaw Mike endorses. Cogito, Popeye? Where? Looks like a kid to me. Joe, zal ik eens in tboeloars klappen? Alleen maar om u te kloten hoor!




Saad-Eddine Kadi obviously is the man on the left, since the man on the right is obviously Popeye :-)




Dear readers, the commenter above forgot that in this section of the blog the language is English and not southwest-Botswanese.




Kan je ons de volgende keer waarschuwen, een heads up ?