Aerocommander 560F

 

Twin-engined communications aircraft

The Belgian monarchy has always displayed a keen interest for military aviation and it came as no surprise when the Government acquired an Aero Commander for the personal use of King Boudewijn in 1961. The Belgian King obtained his military wings on this aircraft and used it from its homebase at Melsbroek. The aircraft was integrated and operated by the 15th Wing. In April 1973 the Aero Commander was sold in France. (Daniel Brackx)

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OT-CWB

560F-1069-25

Sep 1961

Apr 1973

OT-CWB, F-BTYZ

 

Airbus A310-222

Long-haul twin-engine freight and passenger aircraft

 

   Since many years the Belgian Air Force operated two Boeing 727 airliners for mid-range transport of personnel and freight. Due to the ever-growing transport demands for Belgian military personnel and equipment on missions abroad the need arose for a larger and longer legged airliner. As budgetary restrictions did not permit the acquisition of new machines, two second hand Airbus A310-222 aircraft were obtained in 1997 from Singapore Airlines. Being able to carry 200 passengers and 11 tons of cargo or 140 passengers and 24 tons of freight, both A310’s provided a major increase in transport capability for the Belgian Air Force. As the ageing aircraft suffered from frequent engine and component break-downs the Belgian Government decided in November 2009 to replace both A310’s by a single Airbus A330-300 obtained through a leasing contract.

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C/N

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CA-01

MSN372

Sep 1997

Nov 2010

F-WZEN, 9V-STN, CA-01, N461WA

CA-02

MSN367

Mei 1998

Aug 2009

F-WZEP, 9V-STM, CA-02, N461VA

Airbus A321-231

 

Twin-engine 152 seat transport aircraft

To replace the Airbus A330-300 leased from the Portuguese airline HiFly trough French airline broker Avico of which the contract was coming to an end, the Belgian Defence opted for a smaller sized single aisle (or narrow-body) airliner which could fulfil most of the tasks of the A330 and this at a significant lower operating cost (savings of up to 4 Mio Euro a year were/are projected).

Belgian Defence was given the green light by the Council of Ministers on 22 April 2013 to start a tender procedure for which finally 3 companies submitted 5 offers by 28 August 2013. These included proposals for 3 Boeing 757 and two Airbus A321 aircraft. The best and final offer was selected by 31 October 2013 which led to the signature of Contract 13AP.002 with the French Company Avico (also responsible for the A330 lease). The contract for the lease of a single Airbus A321 includes all aircraft maintenance and insurance, provision of a replacement aircraft in case of unavailability within a 3 day's notice, provision of additional aircraft upon request from Belgian Defence and the possibility to lease back the dedicated aircraft to 3rd parties.

The aircraft (in casu Airbus A321-231 CS-TRJ) has been tailored to the requirements of the Belgian Air Force and includes the required cabin configuration, installation of an auxiliary central fuel tank and installation of a cargo loading system. With the installation of the additional fuel tank the maximum range becomes 5.550km or 4300km with a full load of 153 passengers bringing the US East coast within reach from Melsbroek airbase. If a larger range or capacity is needed the Belgian Air Force can still utilise other equipment within the EATC (European Air Transport Command) as since 07 April 2014 the new A321 officially came under the operational control of the European Air Transport Command in Eindhoven. Reversing the habit of painting their passenger carrying aircraft white (giving them the Belgian Air Force nickname "white products") the Belgian Air Force decided to paint the Airbus A321 in a more "military" overall grey colour scheme. (D. Brackx)

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CS-TRJ

1004

Apr 2014

In service

D-ALAK (Aero Lloyd), TC-OAL (Onur Air), CS-TRJ (Bel. A.F. Lease)

 

Airbus A330-300

Twin-engine 278 seat airliner

 Because the Belgian Air Component's two Airbus A310-222 transport aircraft suffered from frequent engine and component break-downs, the Belgian Ministry of Defence opted in November 2009 to lease a single commercial Airbus A330-300 from the Portuguese airline HiFly trough French airline broker Avico on basis of a 2.000 flying hours annually use and at a fixed price of 12 million Euros per year. The 278 seat Airbus A330-300 CS-TMT (c/n 096) was able to satisfy the Defence's need for a long range transport capacity and  allowed a full contingent of troops to be transported ina single flight to for example Afghanistan, while up to now several flights were needed for a similar deployment. The leasing contract for the Airbus A330-300 with Avico ended in March 2014. (Daniel Brackx)

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CS-TMT

096

Nov 2009

March 2014

F-WWKP (Airbus Industrie), OO-SFX (Sabena) CS-TMT (Air Luxor, HiFly) - CS-TMT (Belgian Air Force), returned to Avico

 

Boeing 727-29QC

Three engined passenger and freight aircraft

At the end of 1975 the Belgian Government acquired two Boeing 727-29QC airliners from the national airline company Sabena. Both aircraft were to replace 4 Douglas DC-6B's operational with n° 21 Squadron based at Melsbroek. Although modern for their time both 727 were always somewhat short legged and had to make several refuelling stops to fly to the USA. To overcome this shortcoming both 727's were replaced by two Airbus A310's in 1998.

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CB-01

19402

Mar 1976

1998

OO-STB, CB-01, OO-STB (leased to Sabena), CB-01, N70PA, D2-EVG

CB-02

19403

Apr 1976

1998

OO-STD, CB-02, D2-EVD

 

 Dassault Mystère/Falcon 20

 Twin-engine VIP - business jet

In June 1972 the Belgian government decided to purchase two business jets with the money that was saved after the purchase of the Lockheed C130H Hercules (due to the devaluation of the dollar). In September 1972 an order was placed for two Dassault Mystère 20E (now Falcon). In 2004 both aircraft were transferred to Le Bourget (Paris) where they underwent a complete avionics update and received more fuel efficient and environmental friendlier engines were fitted. Both aircraft are based at Melsbroe

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CM-01

276/494

Mar 1973

Feb 2015

F-WNGL, CM-01 - BAF31/BKGQ, last flight 13 Feb 2015

CM-02

178/495

May 1973

Dec 2016

F-WNGM, CM-02 - BAF31/BKJQ (F-WQBN used during upgrade flight testing in France), last flight 22 Dec 2016

 

Dassault Falcon 900B

Three-engined long-range business jet

To fulfill the ever increasing demand for VVIP (Very Very Important people)-flights, the Belgian Government decided to acquire this second-hand Dassault Falcon 900B.  Before entering service with the 21st squadron of the 15th Wing in March 1995, the Falcon had served with the British Glaxo Holding Plc.

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C/N

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CD-01

109

Mar 1995

July 2019

F-WWFB, G-BTIB, CD-01, active 21 squadron, Melsbroek, Wfu Jul 2019

 

Dassault Falcon X

Three engined long range corporate jet seating 12 to 16 passengers

The Belgian Defence has dry-leased two Dassault Falcon 7X business jets from Luxaviation (formerly Abelag) which replace both of the retired Falcon 20’s and the sole Falcon 900B. Main task will be the transport of passengers and (V)VIPs (members of the royal family, ministers of the Belgian government or European institutions officials). The Belgian Defence’s, €124 million contract with Luxaviation provides for the two Falcon 7X’s over a period of 12 years. Both aircraft are to be operated by the 15th Air Transport Wing based at Melsbroek airbase. The initial Falcon 7X was handed over at the end of April 2020 and has been received the civilian registration OO-LUM (for Luchtmacht). The second machine (OO-FAE – for Force rienne) arrived mid-August 2020 and after a short stop at its future base flew to Leliestad (Nl.) where a governmental livery was applied. Both aircraft are official operational since October 1st, 2020.

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OO-LUM

MSN 04

Apr 2020

In service

Ex- F-HFAS, N570RF, F-HDPO, HB-JSZ, F-WWUA, OO-LUM

OO-FAE

MSN 79

Aug 2020

In service

Ex-N119NE

 

Embraer ERJ-135

Twin engine 37-seat mid-range passenger aircraft

 

 

 In order to replace eight ageing liaison aircraft (five Fairchild Merlin IIIA and three Hawker Siddeley HS748) four Embraer regional were  purchase in two different types. The ERJ135 seats 37 passengers and the ERJ145 can transport 50 passengers. They are primarily used for liaison flights within Europe.

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CE-01

145449

Jun 2001

In service

PT-SUU, CE-01, 21st Squadron

CE-02

145480

Aug 2001

In service

PT-SVZ, CE-02, 21st Squadron

 

Embraer ERJ-145

Twin engined 50-seat mid-range passenger aircraft

In order to replace eight ageing liaison aircraft (five Fairchild Merlin IIIA and three Hawker Siddeley HS748) four Embraer regional were purchase in two different types. The ERJ135 seats 37 passengers and the ERJ145 can transport 50 passengers. They are primarily used for liaison flights within Europe.

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CE-03

145526

Dec 2001

April 2020

PT-STR, CE-03, 21st Squadron, Wfu 22 Apr 2020, 18 Nov 2020 to Amelia as F-HYOG.

CE-04

145548

Dec 2001

Jun 2018

PT-SVZ, CE-04, 21st Squadron, Wfu Jun 2018, Nov 2020 to Amelia as F-HGYM

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