De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth

Single engine two-seat elementary trainer

    Immediately after World War II the Belgian Government acquired 31 De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth elementary trainers from RAF stocks. Several of these aircraft (later to become T-1 till T-17) already were used by the Belgian Training School (RAF) at Snailwell in the U.K.. When the Elementary Training School (EVS/EPE) was created at Schaffen/Diest and equipped with these Tiger Moths  the school was one of the first post war units of the then called Belgisch Militaire Vliegwezen/Aviation Militaire Belge (becoming Belgian Air Force on 15 January 1949). When, in July 1950 the Elementary Training School moved to Goetsenhoven, the Tiger Moth was already being gradually replaced by the Stampe SV.4B. Some aircraft remained operational at the Officers School at Nivelles while some continued as glider tugs for what was to become the Belgian Air Cadets, but by 1956/57 all remaining Tigers were sold on the civilian market.

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-2 in formation flight over its home base, Schaffen in the late forties.

C/N

85873

T-01

Date In

Feb 1945

Date Out

Jan 1957

History

DF124 (RAF), ETA-1, T-1, OO-EVA, used as spre part resource to keep OO-EVE (ex T-25) airworthy

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-2 being maintained at Chièvres airbase in the fifties where it served as communications aircraft/glider tug.

C/N

85873

T-02

Date In

Feb 1945

Date Out

Aug 1956

History

DF152 (RAF), ETA-2, T-2, fatal crash at Casteau on 05 Aug 1956

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-3 at Florennes airbase in the early fifties where it served as glider tug.

C/N

86369

T-03

Date In

Feb 1945

Date Out

Jul 1956

History

NL926 (RAF), T-3, crash at Casteau on 27 Jul 1956

Slt. Jan Van den Briel and Slt. Jean Siccard (122 promotion) in front of De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-4 at Nivelles on 25 April 1952.

C/N

86377

T-04

Date In

Feb 1945

Date Out

Aug 1954

History

NL934 (RAF), ETA-4, T-4, crash at Wevelgem on 23 Aug 1954

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-5 (former NL916 RAF) in flight near its home base Schaffen in the late forties.

C/N

86359

T-05

Date In

Feb 1945

Date Out

Apr 1952

History

NL916 (RAF), ETA-5, T-5, crashed at Gentbrugge/Achterdries on 28 Apr 1952

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-6 (former NL933 RAF) was written off in this crash at Nivelles on 15 August 1951.

C/N

86376

T-06

Date In

Feb 1945

Date Out

Aug 1951

History

NL933 (RAF), T-6, crashed at Nivelles on 15 Aug 1951.

 De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-7 (former DF179 RAF) taxiing out at Schaffen-Diest airfield in the early fifties.

C/N

85915

T-07

Date In

Feb 1945

Date Out

Aug 1955

History

DF179 (RAF), ETA-7, T-7, written off in an accident on 5 Aug 1955.

Student pilot Michel De Vinck posing in front of De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-8 (former DF198 RAF) at Schaffen-Diest airfield in the late forties.

C/N

85934

T-08

Date In

Feb 1945

Date Out

Mar 1956

History

DF198 (RAF), ETA-8, T-8, OO-EVB, G-BBRB as DF198 (West Wickham, U.K.)

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-9 (former DF151 RAF) at Wevelgem airfield.

C/N

85900

T-09

Date In

Feb 1945

Date Out

Mar 1956

History

DF151 (RAF), T-9, OO-EVK, crashed at Temploux on 27 May 1960.

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-10 (former NL932 RAF) as used as instructional airframe at the Technical School at Tongeren in 1949.

C/N

86375

T-10

Date In

Feb 1945

Date Out

Oct 1947

History

NL932 (RAF), T-10, damaged on 22 Oct 1947, instructional airframe Technical School Tongeren

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-11 (former NL972 RAF) being refuelled at Schaffen-Diest airfield in the late forties.

C/N

86404

T-11

Date In

Feb 1945

Date Out

Jun 1950

History

NL972 (RAF), ETA-11, T-11, crashed at Nivelles on 6 Jun 1950 after hitting high tension cables at dusk.

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth DE776/12 (RAF) (to become T-12/ETA-12) warming up before a training flight at Bottisham (U.K.).

C/N

85690

T-12

Date In

Feb 1945

Date Out

Mar 1946

History

DE-776 (RAF), (ETA-12), crashed on 9 Mar 1946 at Werchter on ferry flight from Bottisham (U.K.) to Schaffen

 De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-13 (c/n 85914 - RAF DF178) being pushed to the hangars at Schaffen-Diest airbase in the late forties. Notice the former RAF serial DF178 painted on the fuselage under the tail plane.

C/N

85914

T-13

Date In

Feb 1945

Date Out

Mar 1956

History

DF178 (RAF), ETA-13, T-13, OO-EVF, crashed at Bleid on 19 Nov 1959

 De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-14 (c/n 85944 - RAF DF208) of the EVS/EPE (Elementary Flying School) seen at Schaffen airbase around 1947.

C/N

85944

T-14

Date In

Feb 1945

Date Out

Dec 1953

History

DF208 (RAF), ETA-14, T-14, crash Wevelgem (Oostrozebeke) on 3 Dec 1953

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T15 (former NL891 RAF) being started at Schaffen-Diest airfield in the late forties.

C/N

86338

T-15

Date In

Feb 1945

Date Out

Mar 1956

History

NL891 (RAGF), ETA-15, T-15, OO-EVG, N3744N (Loveland CO, USA), Kalamazoo, MI, USA

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T16 (former DE418 RAF) at Nivelles airfield in the late forties.

C/N

85426

T-16

Date In

Jan 1946

Date Out

Nov 1952

History

DE418 (RAF), ETA-16, T-16, crashed at Nivelles on 26 Nov 1952

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T17 (former DE721 RAF) at Schaffen airfield in the late forties.

C/N

85651

T-17

Date In

Jan 1946

Date Out

Mar 1956

History

DE721 (RAF), ETA-17, T-17, OO-EVC, crashed at Brasschaat in Oct 1963

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T18 (former NM194 RAF) in formation flight in the late forties.

C/N

86502

T-18

Date In

Mar 1946

Date Out

Mar 1956

History

NM194 (RAF), T-18, OO-EVL, crashed at Genk/Zwartberg on 9 Apr 1961

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T19 (former NM199 RAF) after a field landing in the late forties.

C/N

86507

T-19

Date In

Mar 1946

Date Out

Mar 1956

History

NM199 (RAF), ETA-19, T-19, OO-EVM, Royal Army Museum, Salis Collection La Ferté Alais (F.) as "Aviatic" (F-AZDH ?)

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-20 (former DF201 RAF) at Schaffen airfield in 1948.

C/N

85937

T-20

Date In

Mar 1946

Date Out

1952

History

DF201 (RAF), ETA-20, T-20, written of in accident on 17 Jul 1948, Instructional airframe at Technical School at Tongeren.

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-21 (former NM207 RAF) at Schaffen airfield in 1948.

C/N

86515

T-21

Date In

Mar 1946

Date Out

Mar 1956

History

NM207 (RAF), ETA-21, T-21, OO-EVP, Royal Army Museum, N3744, Allen R Rohrstaff, Kalamazoo, MI. (USA)

Camouflaged De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-22 (former NM209 RAF) at Schaffen airfield in 1948.

C/N

86517

T-22

Date In

Mat 1946

Date Out

Mat 1956

History

NM209 (RAF), ETA-22, T-22, OO-EVD, crashed at Temploux on 23 Oct 1957

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-23 (former DF212 RAF) at Koksijde airbase in 1953.

C/N

85948

T-23

Date In

Mar 1946

Date Out

Mar 1956

History

DF212 (RAF), ETA-23, T-23, OO-EVW, crashed at Aalst on 21 Apr 1962

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-24/UR-! serving with N° 2 Squadron of N° 2 Wing at Florennes airbase in the early fifties.

C/N

86523

T-24

Date In

Mar 1946

Date Out

Dec 1954

History

Dec 1954 PG614 (RAF), ETA-24, T-24 "UR-!", crashed on 11 Dec 1954, location unknown.

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-25 (former EM722 RAF) at Florennes airbase in 1951.

C/N

85953

T-25

Date In

Mar 1946

Date Out

Mar 1956

History

EM722 (RAF), ETA-25, T-25, OO-EVE (Schaffen/Diest)

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-26 (former EM744 RAF) after an emergency landing near Schaffen in 1948.

C/N

85975

T-26

Date In

Mar 1946

Date Out

Sep 1956

History

EM744 (RAF), T-26, fate unknown

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-27 (former DE972 RAF) in formation flight in 1947.

C/N

85832

T-27

Date In

Mar 1946

Date Out

Mar 1956

History

DE972 (RAF), T-27, OO-EVH, Royal Army Museum storage Vissenaken->Landen

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-28 (former EM738 RAF) at Schaffen airfield.

C/N

85969

T-28

Date In

Apr 1946

Date Out

Mar 1956

History

EM738 (RAF), ETA-28, T-28, OO-EVI, crashed at Baudour on 1 May 1958

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-29 (former R4771 RAF) at Schaffen airfield.

C/N

82712

T-29

Date In

Apr 1946

Date Out

May 1956

History

R4771 (RAF), T-29, OO-EVJ, G-BWMS (Early Birds, Nl.)

Rare picture showing the only shortly used "ETA" aircraft registration on De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth ETA-30 (former DF135 RAF) at Schaffen airfield.

C/N

85884

T-30

Date In

Apr 1946

Date Out

Jan 1948

History

DF135 (RAF), ETA-30, T-30, written off after accident on 19 Jan 1948

De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth T-31 (former DF126 RAF) at Schaffen airfield.

C/N

85875

T-31

Date In

Jun 1947

Date Out

Aug 1956

History

DF126 (RAF), T-31, OO-EVR, crashed at Gosselies in 1964

 

De Havilland Canada DHC.1A Chipmunk T.10

Single engine two-seat trainer aircraft

  In March 1948, two De Havilland Canada DHC.1 Chipmunk trainers were acquired by the Belgian Air Force for evaluation purposes in view of the replacement of the Tiger Moth in the elementary training role. The competition being won by the Stampe SV-4b, no further orders followed and the aircraft soldiered on at Goetsenhoven and Brasschaat until 1955 when they were sold on the civil market.

Serial

C/N

In

Out

History

C-1

19

May 1948

1955

C-1, OO-PHS, crash at Seppe (Nl.) on 19 Sep 1970

C-2

20

May 1948

1955

C-2, OO-MER, crash Jan 1965

 

Siai Marchetti SF260M/D

Single-engine twin-seat trainer

 

 

   To find a replacement for the Stampe-Vertongen SV4B which offered unsurpassed flying characteristics a study was launched in 1968. When the Siai-Marchetti SF.260 was found to be the ideal replacement trainer declared the winner a first order for 36 SF260M's was placed on January 24th, 1969 which were delivered between late 1969 and 1971. Initially the aircraft were taken on charge by the Elementaire Vliegschool (EVS)/Ecole de Pilotage Elementaire (Elementary Flying School) at Goetsenhoven. In October 1991 the Belgian government ordered nine additional SF260D's as attrition replacement. On September 12th, 1996 all flying training units of the Belgian Air Force were consolidated at Beauvechain airbase as the 1st Training Wing Training, thus ending 75 years of flying activities at Goetsenhoven. In 1999 the Belgian Air Force started a study to replace the somewhat absurd 'Vietnam'-camouflage with day-glow high-visibility markings and after some tests a bright yellow color scheme was introduced. Also since 1999 all SF260Ms were fitted with a new set of wings during the routine maintenance programme and later an avionics improvement was introduced. In 2008 a new wider cockpit canopy was first tested out on ST-34 and will be introduced progressively on all remaining aircraft.
The famous 'Swallows' demonstration team made this aircraft (which from some angles resembles a WWII fighter) very popular with the public. The team was formed in 1973 and continued to thrill many spectators at air shows all over Europe until it was disbanded in early 1984. In 1995 a new 'Swallows' team was formed at Goetsenhoven, making their debut on June 28th. Unfortunately on December 5th, 1997 their made their last performance. Since then a new team "Hardship Red" was formed by N° 5 Squadron CO "Jief" Ballon presenting 4 Marchetti’s in a very tight formation display. As of the 2011 season Hardship Red became the "Red Devils" with their aircraft painted likewise. (Daniel Brackx)

Siai Marchetti SF260M ST-01 in formation with its predecessor Stampe Vertongen SV.4B V-43 in 1970.

C/N

10-01

ST-01

Date In

Nov 1969

Date Out

Apr 1971

History

ST-01, written off in accident at Goetsenhoven on 21 Apr 1971

Siai Marchetti SF260M ST-02 at Goetsenhoven airbase on 29 August 1986.

C/N

10-02

ST-02

Date In

Feb 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-02

Siai Marchetti SF260M ST-03 in the new "Red Devils" colour scheme seen landing at Beauvechain airbase on April 21st, 2011.

C/N

10-03

ST-03

Date In

Mar 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-03, Red Devils c/s

ST-04 and ST-30 in a tight formation.

C/N

10-04

ST-04

Date In

Mar 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-04, Red Devils c/s

Siai Marchetti SF260M ST-05 at Goetsenhoven airbase in 1979.

C/N

10-05

ST-05

Date In

Mar 1970

Date Out

Mar 1982

History

ST-05, crashed at Ramillies/Mont Saint-André on 13 Feb 1981.

Siai Marchetti SF260M+ ST06 in flight near Beauvechain on July 21st, 2010

C/N

10-06

ST-06

Date In

Apr 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-06

 Siai Marchetti SF260M ST07 of the "Swallows"aerobatic team at the Bierset Airshow on 29 May 1982.

C/N

10-07

ST-07

Date In

Apr 1970

Date Out

Feb 1988

History

ST-07, "Swallows" Team, written of at Forseilles/Héton on 3 Feb 1988.

Siai Marchetti SF260 ST-08 dwarfed by Lockheed C-5A Galaxy 68-0227 in the static display of the Beauvechain airshow on 24 June 1972.

C/N

10-08

ST-08

Date In

Apr 1970

Date Out

May 1982

History

ST-08, "Sic" crashed at Beauvechain due to engine problems on take-off on 12 May 1982.

Siai Marchetti SF260 ST-09 as instructional airframe at the Campus Saffraanberg on 09 March 2008.

C/N

10-09

ST-09

Date In

May 1970

Date Out

May 1997

History

ST-09, crashed on take-off from Beauvechain due to engine problems, instructional airframe Saffraanberg.

 Siai Marchetti SF260 ST-10 with the personal marking "Sic" of demonstration pilot Cdt Jean Siccard at Brustem airbase. For the 1970/1971 display seasons this was the spare aircraft for ST-08 which Siccard normally used for his show.

C/N

10-10

ST-10

Date In

May 1970

Date Out

Dec 1976

History

ST-10, crashed at Wertheim (D.), converted into flight simulator at Goetsenhoven;

 Siai Marchetti SF260 ST-11 at the Goetsenhoven Airshow on 28 August 1986.

C/N

10-11

ST-11

Date In

Jun 1970

Date Out

Apr 1992

History

ST-11, damaged in hard landing at Goetsenhoven - not repaired, flight simulator at Euro Space Centre at Redu, preservedat the 1st Wing Historical Centre, Beauvechain.

 In 1995 Goetsenhoven celebrated its 45th anniversary as a post-war training base and the Marchetti was operational with the Belgian Air Force since 25 years. To celebrate both occasions ST-12 received a special paint scheme.

C/N

10-12

ST-12

Date In

Jun 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-12, Special colour scheme 45 years Goetsenhoven.

 Siai Marchetti SF260 ST-13 being crane-handled at Goetsenhoven airbase after a landing mishap on the base on 25 July 1972.

C/N

10-13

ST-13

Date In

Jul 1970

Date Out

Jul 1972

History

ST-13, hard landing at Goetsenhoven on 25 Jul 1972, converted to flight simulator - Goetsenhoven, wings to Technical School Saffraanberg

 Siai Marchetti SF260 ST-14 at the Goetsenhoven Airshow on 28 August 1986.

C/N

10-14

ST-14

Date In

Jul 1970

Date Out

Apr 1988

History

ST-14, crashed at Sous-Stud (Andenne) due to engine problems, gate guardian at Goetsenhoven, Beauvechain.

Marchetti ST-15 in flight.

C/N

10-15

ST-15

Date In

Sep 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-15

ST-16 over the ardennes in cloudy weather on 25 November 2008.

C/N

10-16

ST-16

Date In

Aug 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-16

Siai Marchetti SF260 ST-17 in the static display of the Brustem Airshow on 5 September 1986.

C/N

10-17

ST-17

Date In

Sep 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-17, first Marchetti upgraded to SF260M+ standards

ST-18 in tight stacked formation near Beauvechain airbase.

C/N

10-18

ST-18

Date In

Sep 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-18

Siai Marchetti SF260M ST-19 landing at Beauvechain airbase on 26 March 2006.

C/N

10-19

ST-19

Date In

Oct 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-19

Siai Marchetti ST-20 special paint for 250.000 hrs Marchetti flown in the Belgian Air Force.

C/N

10-20

ST-20

Date In

Oct 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-20, Special paint scheme "250.000hrs Marchetti"

Siai Marchetti SF260 ST-21 of the Swallows aerobatic team taxiing out at Beauvechain Airbase in 1998.

C/N

10-21

ST-21

Date In

Oct 1970

Date Out

Oct 2000

History

ST-21, "Swallows" Team, destoyed in accident at Beauvechain on 10 Oct 2000.

 Siai-Marchetti SF.260M ST-22 of the "Swallows" aerobatic team performs a very low pass at the Brustem Airshow on 7 September 1996.

C/N

10-22

ST-22

Date In

Oct 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-22, "Swallows" Team.

 Siai-Marchetti SF.260M ST-23 seen at the Goetsenhoven airbase apron in 1989.

C/N

10-23

ST-23

Date In

Nov 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-23, Red Devils c/s

For the occasion of 20 Years of Marchetti operations with the Belgian Air Force, ST-24 was given a special paint in 2000.

C/N

10-24

ST-24

Date In

Dec 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-24, Special paint scheme "20 Years Marchetti"

Camouflaged Siai Marchetti SF260M ST-25 at Brustem airbase on October 7th, 1988.

C/N

10-25

ST-25

Date In

Nov 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-25, "Swallows" Team.

Siai Marchetti SF260M ST-26 on top of a loop near the E411 motorway on Jan 9th, 2009.

C/N

10-26

ST-26

Date In

Dec 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-26

Marchetti ST-27 in close formation with other aircraft

C/N

10-27

ST-27

Date In

Dec 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-27

SIai Marchetti ST-28 suffered engine problems on 13 January 81 and overturned in an emergency field landing at Ronse/Zulte.

C/N

10-28

ST-28

Date In

Jan 1971

Date Out

Oct 1983

History

ST-28, written off after field following engine problems, coverted into flight simulator, -Goetsenhoven.

Siai Marchetti ST-29 on the apron of Goetsenhoven airbase on April 29th 1983.

C/N

10-29

ST-29

Date In

Jan 1971

Date Out

Feb 1994

History

Feb 1994 ST-29, Crashed at Goetsenhoven on 07 Jun 1993, To SITO-4 Antwerpen Linkeroever, Stedelijk Lyceum Antwerpen, Werkplaats Deurne, Royal Army Museum Depot at Vissenaken.

SIAI Marchetti SF260M ST-30 over Oostende airport on 12 February 2009.

C/N

10-30

ST-30

Date In

Feb 1971

Date Out

Active

History

ST-30

Siai Marchetti SF260M ST-31 in tight formation over Beauvechain airbase.

C/N

10-31

ST-31

Date In

Mar 1971

Date Out

Active

History

ST-31

 Siai-Marchetti SF-260M ST-32 landing at Brustem airbase in September 1995.

C/N

10-32

ST-32

Date In

Mar 1971

Date Out

Active

History

ST-32

Siai-Marchetti SF-260M ST-33 of the "Swallows" aerobatic team in flight in 1995.

C/N

10-33

ST-33

Date In

Apr 1971

Date Out

Jun 1996

History

ST-33, "Swallows" Team, crashed at Rollegem-Kapelle after a bird strike on 24 Jun 1996, instructional airframe at Royal Military Academy, Brussels, preserved Beauvechain.

 Large canopy Siai Marchetti SF260M ST-34 in the static display during the Wings Parade at Beauvechain airbase on June 11th 2010.

C/N

10-34

ST-34

Date In

Apr 1971

Date Out

Active

History

ST-34, "special red/white c/s"

 Siai Marchetti SF-260M ST-35 with special tail decoration "35 years Marchetti" during the European Trainer Meet 2005 at Beauvechain on September 15th, 2005.

C/N

10-35

ST-35

Date In

Jun 1971

Date Out

Active

History

ST-35, "Swallows" Team, Special c/s "35 Years Macrhetti"

Siai Marchetti SF260M ST-36 at Beauvechain airbase on December 5th, 1997.

C/N

10-36

ST-36

Date In

Jun 1971

Date Out

Active

History

ST-36, Red & White special c/s

Siai Marchetti SF260D ST-40 at Brustem airbase on 15 September 1993.

C/N

840

ST-40

Date In

Feb 1992

Date Out

Active

History

ST-40

Siai Marchetti SF260D ST-41 near its homebase at Beauvechain on July 21st, 2010.

C/N

841

ST-41

Date In

Feb 1992

Date Out

Active

History

ST-41

Siai Marchetti SF260D ST-42 at Beauvechain airbase on 18 August 2005.

C/N

842

ST-42

Date In

Apr 1992

Date Out

Active

History

ST-42

Siai Marchetti SF260D ST-43 at Goetsenhoven on 20 June 1995.

C/N

843

ST-43

Date In

Apr 1992

Date Out