Kleine Brogel is home to two F-16 equipped fighter squadrons plus the Operational Conversion Unit, and is one of the two airbases in Belgium with this type. This base is famous for its spotter's days with excellent photo opportunities.
The base has one main runway with a secondary next to it, that is mostly used as a taxiway. Although the terrain is flat, patches of forest block the view on the base nearly everywhere. Most of the shelters are north of the runway, a few maintenance facilities are in the southern corner. This is also where public enters the base on spotter's and open days.
Kleine Brogel is situated just south of the Dutch border. From the Netherlands, follow the N69/N74 from Eindhoven and take the N73 to Peer. From there you can follow the signs to Kleine Brogel.
From the South, take the N715 from Hasselt towards Eindhoven. Take the N73 to Peer. From there you can follow the signs to Kleine Brogel.
Around the Airport
The approach on the north eastern part of the field can be found along the N747 from Kaulille to Kleine Brogel. Right at the base perimeter, an unpaved track leads along the fence amidst the trees. Follow this track and you will reach spot 1.
On the western side of the base an official spotter's place has been installed. Follow the road from Kleine Brogel to Peer and the spotter's place will be on your left-hand side. From here landing aircraft can be spotted. Unfortunately, the base can not be seen and photography is hindered by the position of the sun: in your face.
3Final 05 - close
Better for taking pictures is spot number three. Just after the official spotter's place there is a small dirt-road to the left. From this road, landing aircraft can be photographed with 300 mm effective. Unfortunately, the trees are growing higher and higher and photography gets worse every year.
4Final 05 - distant
Again when following the road from Kleine Brogel southbound, pass the approach lights but then take the first road to the right. This spot requires more than 300 mm effective for photos of F-16-sized planes.
Some of the base's smartest preserved aircraft can be seen here through the trees that line the perimeter fence.
Best spot outside the fence at Kleine Brogel is spot number 1. The aircraft are pretty low there aleady. (Frank van de Waardenburg)
Not as good as number 1 but still quite OK is spot 3. (Frank van de Waardenburg)
|314.375 / 122.100||Tower|
|337.975 / 122.500||Approach|
|282.200 / 123.300||Precision approach radar|
|284.275||Precision approach radar|
|299.900 / 129.325||Belga Radar|
|278.350 / 339.175||Pampa Range|
|FA16||F-16A, stored on base|
|FA38||F-16A, instructional airframe|
|FS17/DMB||F-84E, near gate|
|FU66/RA-T||F-84F, near gate|
|FU145/Z6-E||F-84F, stored on base|
|FX02||F-104G, with tail of FX47|
|FX41||F-104G, stored on base|
|FX86||F-104G, near gate|
|FX96||F-104G, dumped fuselage only|
Order of Battle Belgium
|Belgian Air Component|
|Antwerpen - Deurne|
|Brussels - National (Zaventem) & Melsbroek|
|Brussels South (Charleroi)   subscribers only|
|Kortrijk - Wevelgem   subscribers only|
|Zoersel - Oostmalle|
|Zutendaal   subscribers only|