Dassault-Breguet/Dornier (AMD) Alpha Jet 1B

Twin-engine jet-trainer

    On September 13th 1973 de Belgian Government decided to puchase 33 Dassault-Breguet/Dornier (AMD) Alpha Jet training aircraft to replace the ageing Lockheed T-33A and Fouga Magister. A general agreement was signed in October 1973 while the final contract was signed in September 1975. The first Alpha Jet for the Belgian Air Force was also the 5th production model build by Dassault/Breguet. All succesive Alpha Jets were constructed by Sabca at Gosselies and entered service at N°s 7 and 11 Squadrons. From 2000 onward the Belgian Alpha Jets went through a modernising programme by Sabca which was aimed at introducing more advanced avionics in the cockpit. Since 15 Septmeber 2005 all Belgian Alpha Jets are detached to the French-Belgian "Advanced Jet Training School" (AJeTS) at Cazaux, France. The aicraft will still have their deep maintenance executed at Beauvechain airbase. Since 2018 no Belgian pilots are trained on the Alpha Jets anymore at Cazaux. A number of aircraft is still active in France to train French pilots.

AT-01 taking off from Istres (F.) on 6 October 1978.

AT-01

C/N

B1-1013

Date In

Oct 1978

Date Out

2019

History

AT-01, withrawn from use at Beauvechain.

AMD Alpha Jet AT-02 with high-visibility tail markings seen at Brustem on 22 June 1984.

AT-02

C/N

B2-1014

Date In

Jan 1979

Date Out

Jan 2020

History

AT-02, withrawn from use at Beauvechain.

Alpha Jet AT-03 at Brustem airbase on 25 July 1980.

AT-03

C/N

B3-1015

Date In

Mar 1979

Date Out

2019

History

AT-03, 1994-98 demo a/c special c/s, withrawn from use at Beauvechain.

 AMD Alpha Jet 1B AT-04 seen at the graduation ceremony of Promotion 78A at Brustem airbase on July 25th, 1980. Unfortunately, five days later, this aircraft was involved in a fatal crash.

AT-04

C/N

B4-1016

Date In

Mar 1979

Date Out

Jul 1980

History

AT-04, Fatal crash at Nalinnes on 30 Jul 1980.

Alpha Jet AT-05 received this "one off" camouflage scheme in 1992 (no brown color in stock anymore?). The aircraft is seen during the Florennes airshow on 12 September 1992.

AT-05

C/N

B5-1018

Date In

Apr 1979

Date Out

2019

History

AT-05, green special c/s, 7 Sq. special c/s, withrawn from use at Beauvechain.

AMD Alpha Jet AT-06 on the flightline of Brustem airbase on September 1st, 1984.

AT-06

C/N

B6-1020

Date In

Aug 1979

Date Out

Jan 2020

History

AT-06, withdrawn from use at Beauvechain.

AMD Alpha Jet 1B AT-07 was barely one month in service when it was presented at the Florennes Airshow on 22 June 1979.

AT-07

C/N

B7-1022

Date In

May 1979

Date Out

Nov 1984

History

AT-07, 22 Nov 1984: Fatal crash at Feldberg (D.)

AMD Alpha Jet 1B AT-08 in flight over the Ardennes  in 1987.

AT-08

C/N

B8-1024

Date In

May 1979

Date Out

2019

History

AT-08, withdrawn from use at Beauvechain.

AMB Alpha Jet AT-09 seen at Bierset airbase on May 29th 1983.

AT-09

C/N

B9-1027

Date In

May 1979

Date Out

Apr 1999

History

AT-09, crashed at Opvelp/Bierbeek after mid-air collission with AT-16 on 19 Apr 1999

AMD Alpha Jet 1B AT-10 in flight over the Ardennes near Liège in 1999.

AT-10

C/N

B10-1030

Date In

Jun 1979

Date Out

2019

History

AT-10, withdrawn from use at Beauvechain.

 Alpha Jet AT11 in tight formation in 2004.

AT-11

C/N

B11-1032

Date In

Jul 1979

Date Out

2019

History

AT-11, 11Sq. "Batbird I" special c/s, 1990-93 demo a/c special c/s, withdrawn from use at Beauvechain.

 Alpha Jet AT12 in formation with Lockheed Martin F-16BM FB-15.

AT-12

C/N

B12-1036

Date In

Jul 1979

Date Out

2019

History

AT-12, 75 Years 11 squadron "Batbird II" special c/s, withdrawn from use at Beauvechain.

 Alpha Jet AT13 with special inscription "The First of the Fleet/Proud to fly together" linked to the transfer of Belgian Alpha Jet to Cazaux airbase in France seen on July 15th 2004.

AT-13

C/N

B13-1039

Date In

Aug 1979

Date Out

Jan 2020

History

AT-13, "The First of the Fleet/Proud to Fly Together", withdrawn from use at Beauvechain.

AMD Alpha Jet 1B AT-14 preparing for take-off at Leeuwarden airbase (Nl.) in in August 1982.

AT-14

C/N

B14-1043

Date In

Aug 1979

Date Out

2019

History

AT-14, withdrawn from use at Beauvechain.

Alpha Jet AT13 carrying a SUU 20A pod in formation flight in March 2004.

AT-15

C/N

B15-1051

Date In

Aug 1979

Date Out

Jan 2020

History

AT-15, withrdawn from use at Beauvechain.

 AMD Alpha Jet 1B AT-16 at Brustem airbase in May 1994. Note the high-visibility tail marking. This aircraft was lost in a mid-air collision with AT-09 at Opvelp-Bierbeek on April 19th, 1999.

AT-16

C/N

B16-1056

Date In

Aug 1979

Date Out

Apr 1999

History

AT-16, crashed at Opvelp/Bierbeek after mid-air collission with AT-09 on 19 Apr 1999

Alpha Jet AT17 above cold winter clouds in February 2004.

AT-17

C/N

B17-1061

Date In

Sep 1979

Date Out

Jan 2020

History

AT-17, withdrawn from use at Beauvechain.

On 28 & 29 June 2004 the 1st Training Wing based at Beauvechain organised the first Trainer Meet and for the occasion Alpha Jet AT18 received this special colour scheme.

AT-18

C/N

B18-1067

Date In

Sep 1979

Date Out

2019

History

AT-18, 11sq special c/s, Trainers Meet 2005 special c/s, monument Cauzaux (F.)

AMD Alpha Jet AT19 of the Cazaux (F.) based AJeTS (Advanced Jet Training School) during the Wings Parade at Beauvechain airbase on June 11th, 2010.

AT-19

C/N

B19-1071

Date In

Oct 1979

Date Out

Jan 2020

History

AT-19, withdrawn from use at Beauvechain.

Alpha Jet AT20 over the snow covered Ardennes.

AT-20

C/N

B20-1076

Date In

Oct 1979

Date Out

2019

History

AT-20,withdrawn from use at Beauvechain.

Alpha Jet AT21 at Brustem airbase on 25 July 1980.

AT-21

C/N

B21-1080

Date In

Nov 1979

Date Out

2019

History

AT-21, Instructional airframe Saffraanberg

Alpha Jet AT22 and AT17 over their homebase Cazaux in France.

AT-22

C/N

B22-1091

Date In

Dec 1979

Date Out

2019

History

AT-22, withdrawn from use at Beauvechain.

 Alpha Jet AT23 banks away near its hombase at Beauvechain (now Cazaux, F) on May 1st, 2004.

AT-23

C/N

B23-1097

Date In

Jan 1980

Date Out

May 2015

History

AT-23, Wfu and stored at Beauvechain on 21 May 2015.

Gun-pod equipped AMD Alpha Jet 1B AT-24 at Brustem airbase on September 1st, 1994.

AT-24

C/N

B24-1104

Date In

Jan 1980

Date Out

Jan 2020

History

AT-24, special c/s "100 Years 11 Squadron", withdrawn from use at Beauvechain.

 On his last flight on AMD Alpha Jet, Lt Colonel Peter "Patja" Stams is at the helm of AT-25 on National Parade day on 21 July 2015. Notice the N° 350 Squadron "Flamed-Wings" applied on the intake, a reminder of his time with this famous unit.

AT-25

C/N

B25-1110

Date In

Jan 1980

Date Out

Jan 2020

History

AT-25, 1996 demo a/c special c/s, withdrawn from use at Beauvechain.

Alpha Jet AT-26 landing at Beauvechain airbase on 9 September 2013.

AT-26

C/N

B26-1117

Date In

Feb 1980

Date Out

Jan 2020

History

AT-26, 2001-02 demo a/c special c/s,withdrawn from use at Beauvechain.

Alpha Jet AT-27 wat the European Trainer Meet at Beauvechain airbase on 15 September 2005 sporting the special ETM sticker on its tail.

AT-27

C/N

B27-1125

Date In

Mar 1980

Date Out

Jan 2020

History

AT-27, withdrawn from use at Beauvechain.

AMD Alpha Jet  1B AT-28 during the Oostende Airshow on August 22nd, 1981.

AT-28

C/N

B28-1131

Date In

Mar 1980

Date Out

2019

History

AT-28, withrdawn from use at Beauvechain.

 AMD Alpha Jet  1B AT-29 making a loop in 1995.

AT-29

C/N

B29-1139

Date In

Apr 1980

Date Out

2019

History

AT-29, 1987-89 demo a/c wearing special c/s, special markings 35 Years Alpha Jet/ 10 Years AJeTS, withdrawn from use at Beauvechain.

Alpha Jet AT30 and At15 banking over Cazaux airbase in France in March 2004.

AT-30

C/N

B30-1145

Date In

Apr 1980

Date Out

2019

History

AT-30, withdrawn from use at Beauvechain.

Alpha Jet AT31 in formation with AT22.

AT-31

C/N

B31-1142

Date In

May 1980

Date Out

2019

History

AT-31, 7Sq. special c/s, withdrawn from use at Beauvechain.

AMD Alpha Jet AT-32 at low level near Landen on July 16th, 2010

AT-32

C/N

B32-1149

Date In

Jun 1980

Date Out

2019

History

AT-32, special c/s "1.000.000 hrs Alpha Jet", Preserved 1WHC Beauvechain.

Factory fresh Alpha Jet AT33 in its hangar at Brustem on July 25th, 1980 - only ten days after its delivery to the Belgian Air Force.

AT-33

C/N

B33-1155

Date In

Jul 1980

Date Out

2019

History

AT-33, withdrawn from use at Beauvechain.

 

Potez-Air Fouga CM.170-1 Magister

Twin engine, two seat jet trainer

 

   On September 28th, 1958 the Belgian government decided to purchase 45 Fouga Magisters for the Advanced Flying School at Kamina airbase (BAKA) in  former Belgian Congo. The aircraft were delivered as of January 19th, 1960 and replaced the rapidly ageing T6 Harvards. Some twenty Fouga Magisters (MT1 to MT18, MT23 and MT24) were already flown to Kamina on board Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar transport aircraft when the events at the former colony caused the withdrawal of these jets to Belgium.
During the insurgency 6 armed Fougas (MT4, 6, 10, 14, 17 and 18) were shortly used against the rebels mostly from Ndjili airport (Leopoldstad/-ville, now Kinshasa).
At their arrival in Belgium the Fouga's were all based at Brustem airbase with the last trainers of the initial order being delivered by January 10th, 1962.

When in 1978 the first Alpha Jet advanced trainers were delivered, some of the butterfly-tailed Magisters were used by different Fouga-flights at various airbases while 8 machines were sold to IAI of Israel. After the disbanding the Fouga-flights the remaining operational aircraft were operated from Beauvechain and gradually withdrawn from use.
On September 27th, 2007 the last operational aircraft, MT-35, made the last flight of the type after a career spanning no less than 47 years in the Belgian Air Force.

Fouga Magister MT-01 in the mid-sixties.

C/N

258

MT-01

Date In

Jan 1960

Date Out

Feb 1985

History

MT-1, 26 Feb 1985: crash at Grandcourt, stalled at low altitude.

Potez-Air Fouga CM.170-1 Magister MT-2 at Brustem airbase.

C/N

259

MT-02

Date In

Feb 1960

Date Out

Nov 1978

History

MT-2, "Red Devils" c/s, stored at IAI, Tel Aviv (Israel), N906DM

 Potez-Air Fouga CM.170 Magister MT-03 at Bierset airbase in the mid-eighties.

C/N

260

MT-03

Date In

Feb 1960

Date Out

Nov 1978

History

MT-3, "Red Devils" c/s, stored at Weelde, stored at Saffraanberg, monument at roundabout at Brustem.

 Fouga Magister MT-04 taking off from Kleine Borgel airbase on 19 June 2001.

C/N

261

MT-04

Date In

Feb 1960

Date Out

Jun 2006

History

MT-4, storage for the Royal Army Museum at Vissenaken, Landen.

 Fouga Magister MT-5 of the "Red Devils" aerobatic display team in formation with MT-33 in 1966. For the 1965 and 1966 "Red Devils" display seasons MT-5 was used by Cpt. Delbecke as the Reds "Solo".

C/N

262

MT-05

Date In

Feb 1960

Date Out

Sep 1979

History

MT-5, "Red Devils" c/s, stored at IAI, Tel Aviv (Israel), N216DM, active in the USA in Red devils c/s, arrived at Deurne on 03 Apr 2015.

 Armed Fouga Magister MT-6 at N'Djilli airport (Leopoldville - former Belgian Congo) in July 1960.

C/N

263

MT-06

Date In

Mar 1960

Date Out

Sep 1977

History

MT-6, "Red Devils" c/s, crashed at Brustem on 23 Feb 1976.

 Fouga CM.170 Magister MT-7 in "Red Devils" colour scheme being prepared for a flight.

C/N

264

MT-07

Date In

Mar 1960

Date Out

Sep 1967

History

MT-7, "Red Devils" c/s, crashed at Laakdal on 29 Sep 1967.

 Fouga Magister MT-8 arriving at Beauvechain airbase on 20 May 1987 only a few weeks before it was involved in a fatal crash at Lustin on 16 June 1987.

C/N

265

MT-08

Date In

Mar 1960

Date Out

Jun 1987

History

MT-8, crashed at Lustin on 16 Jun 1987

Fouga Magister MT-9 of the Red Devils during an airshow in 1968.

C/N

266

MT-09

Date In

Mar 1960

Date Out

Feb 1970

History

MT-9, "Red Devils c/s), written of in accident atBrustem on 26 Feb 1970, Technical School Saffraanberg, stored at Peutie, to Johan Bringmans - See also Two Fouga's on the Move, preserved Villacoublay (F.), displayed at Sammler & Hobbywelt, Buseck (D.)

Armed Fouga Magister MT-10 on stand-by at Kamina airbase (BAKA) in June 1960.

C/N

267

MT-10

Date In

Mar 1960

Date Out

May 1965

History

MT-10, crashed at Kerkom on May 13th, 1965

"Red Devils" Fouga Magister MT-11 in flight.

C/N

268

MT-11

Date In

Apr 1960

Date Out

Sep 1979

History

MT-11,"Red Devils" c/s, stored at IAI, Tel Aviv (Israel), N219DM (ntu), G-BRFU, N99JJ, instructional airframe at Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute, NY

 Potez-Air Fouga CM.170-1 Magister MT-12 at Brustem airbase.

C/N

269

MT-12

Date In

Apr 1960

Date Out

Jun 1978

History

MT-12, "Red Devils" c/s, stored at IAI, Tel Aviv (Israel), N907DM, active in the USA

Fouga Magister MT-13 in Red Devils aerobatic team colour-scheme at Koksijde airbase on July 5th 2003.

C/N

270

MT-13

Date In

Apr 1960

Date Out

Sep 2005

History

MT-13, "Red Devils" c/s, stored at IAI, Tel Aviv (Israel), N908DM, Stampe Vertongen Museum, Deurne

 Fouga Magister MT-14 at altitude during a gunnery practice deployment to Solenzara, Corsica (France).

C/N

271

MT-14

Date In

Apr 1960

Date Out

Feb 2003

History

MT14, special c/s "35 Years Fouga", stored Beauvechain, Vissenaken (KLM/MRA)

Fouga Magister MT-15 of the "Red Devils" Aerobatic team in the late sixties.

C/N

272

MT-15

Date In

May 1960

Date Out

Oct 1977

History

MT-15, "Red Devils" c/s, stored, (US Jet aerobatic team), Wilmington (Del, USA)

Fouga CM.170 Magister MT-16 at Brustem airbase in the seventies.

C/N

273

MT-16

Date In

May 1960

Date Out

Mar 1979

History

MT-16, storage IAI, Tel Aviv (Isr.), N909DM

Armed Potez-Air Fouga CM.170-1 Magisters MT-17 and MT-40 ready for take-off from Brustem airbase in the early sixties.

C/N

274

MT-17

Date In

May 1960

Date Out

Sep 1969

History

MT-17, "Red Devils" c/s, written off at Brustem on 23 Sep 1969 after suffering problems with the landing gear.

Fouga CM.170 Magister MT-18 in Red Devils colour scheme on a visit to Bierset airbase.

C/N

275

MT-18

Date In

Jun 1960

Date Out

Oct 1978

History

MT-18, "Red Devils" c/s, stored at IAI, Tel Aviv (Israel), N312DM (Bud Granley airshow displays).

Potez-Air Fouga CM.170 Magister MT-19 in formation flight in the early sixties.

C/N

276

MT-19

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

Sep 1962

History

MT-19, crashed at Houffalize/Tavigny on 13 Sep 1962

"Red Devils" aerobatic team Fouga CM.170 Magister MT-20 in flight.

C/N

277

MT-20

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

Jun 1968

History

MT-20, "Red Devils" c/s, crashed at Brustem on 20 Jun 1968 after mid-air collision with MT-2 during "Red Devils" aerobatic practice.

 Fouga CM.170 Magister MT-21 armed with rockets and guns is being prepared for a training mission from Brustem airbase.

C/N

278

MT-21

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

Jun 1979

History

MT-21, "Red Devils" c/s, stored at IAI, Tel Aviv (Israel), IAF Museum Hatzerim (Israel) as Tzukit "184" (Officially denied by IAF !)

Some pilots pose next to Fouga CM.170 Magister MT-22 in the early sixties.

C/N

279

MT-22

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

May 1967

History

MT-22, "Red Devils" c/s, crashed at Halle-Booienhoven on 24 May 1967

Fouga CM.170 Magister MT-23 in the static display at the Beauvechain Airshow on 26 June 1966.

C/N

280

MT-23

Date In

Jul 1960

Date Out

Aug 1990

History

MT-23, "Red Devils" c/s, Royal Techn. School Saffraanberg as instructional airframe, stored for the Royal Army Museum at Weelde, Vissenaken, Landen.

Fouga CM.170 Magister MT-24 at Brustem airbase in the sixties.

C/N

281

MT-24

Date In

Jul 1960

Date Out

Apr 1979

History

MT-24, written off after a belly-landing at Solenzara airbase (F.), on 27 Nov 1978, preserved at the Royal Army Museum, Brussels.

Fouga CM.170 Magister MT-25 in the static display of the Melsbroek Open Door on 25 June 1961.

C/N

282

MT-25

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

Oct 1963

History

MT-25, fatal crash at Mechelen-aan de Maas on 18 Oct 1963.

Fouga Magister MT26 in formation break

C/N

283

MT-26

Date In

Nov 1960

Date Out

Dec 2006

History

MT-26, special c/s end of Fouga with BAF.

Potez-Air Fouga CM-170-1 Magister MT-27 of the "Red Devils" aerobatic team in flight in August 1967.

C/N

284

MT-27

Date In

Nov 1960

Date Out

Jan 1979

History

MT-27, "Red Devils" c/s, storage IAI, Tel Aviv (Isr.), N313DM, for sale.

Potez-Air Fouga CM-170 Magister MT-28 crashed at Genk when the ailerons blocked in flight. Both occupants safely used their parachutes.

C/N

285

MT-28

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

Apr 1963

History

MT-28, crashed at Genk on 8 Apr 1963, aillerons blocked

Potez-Air Fouga CM-170 Magister MT-29 at Bierset airbase.

C/N

286

MT-29

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

Jan 1995

History

MT-29, storage at Weelde, scrapdealer Verreidt (Balen).

A typical seventies scene at Brustem airbase when the Fouga Magister was responsible for the advanced pilot-training for the Belgian Air Force. Of note are at least six machines painted in the colors of the famous Rode Duivels/Diables Rouges aerobatic team.

C/N

287

MT-30

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

Jan 1995

History

MT-30, special c/s "30 Years Fouga", gate guardian Techspace Aero Milmort/Herstal.

 Potez-Air Fouga CM-170 Magister MT-31 in "Red Devils" aerobatic team colour scheme on low level flight.

C/N

288

MT-31

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

Jan 1995

History

MT-31, "Red Devils" c/s, stored Meerhout, Beauvechain

Potez-Air Fouga CM-170 Magister MT-32 at Brustem airbase in the early sixties. .

C/N

289

MT-32

Date In

Nov 1960

Date Out

Aug 1979

History

MT-32, "Red Devils" c/s, storage IAI, Tel Aviv (Isr.), N289DM spare parts resource.

Fouga Magister MT-33 at Brustem airbase on September 3rd, 1962 when the left main wheel brake blocked during taxi.

C/N

290

MT-33

Date In

Nov 1960

Date Out

Jan 1995

History

MT-33, "Red Devils" c/s, stored at Weelde, sold and stored at Savigny-les-Beaune (F.)

Potez-Air Fouga CM170 Magister MT-34 at Brustem airbase on March 7th, 1962. This aircraft is now on display at the Musée Spitfire (Memorial Raymond "Cheval" Lallemant DFC) at Florennes airbase.

C/N

291

MT-34

Date In

Nov 1960

Date Out

Sep 2004

History

MT-34, preserved at Musée Spitfire at Florennes

Magister MT35, the last Belgian Air Force Fouga to fly operationally.

C/N

292

MT-35

Date In

Nov 1960

Date Out

Sep 2007

History

MT-35, special "Camo" painting, "The Last of the Many" special last flight decoration. Preserved 1WHC Beauvechain.

 Potez-Air Fouga CM.170-1 Magister MT-36 landing at Hahn airbase (D.) on 15 July 1985.

C/N

293

MT-36

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

Mar 2000