Britten Norman (Pilatus) BN2A/B-21 Islander

Twin-engine eight-seat communications aircraft

 

    Already in 1973 the Belgian Army started looking for a replacement for the Dornier Do27 and in 1975 it was decided to purchase 12 Britten Norman BN2A-21 Islanders. The contract was signed on November 19th, 1975 and was valued at 139 million Bfr/aircraft.

The aircraft were build at Fairey, Gosselies and completed at Bembridge (Isle of Wight, UK). Aircraft B-01 to B-05 were used for transport and liaison missions, B-06 to B-08 for paradrops while the remaining Islanders were mainly used for reconnaissance missions. During their careers the aircraft were converted from BN2A-21 to BN2B-21 standards.

One aircraft (B-02) was equipped with a SLAR (Side Looking Airborne Radar), infra-red and UV sensors for the detection of marine pollution by ships in the North Sea. The last Islanders were withdrawn from military service in late 2004. In 2005 two aircraft (the already modified B-02 and B-09 as spares source) were reserved for the Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models, the operational aircraft is now operated under a Belgian civil registration. In early 2006 all remaining aircraft were offered for sale to the highest bidder.

B-01

History

C/N

466 G

Date In

May 1976

Date Out

Jul 2005

G-BDJA, B-01/OT-ALA, Stored at SLV Brasschaat, 3X-GEF

B-02

History

C/N

468 G

Date In

May 1976

Date Out

Mar 2005

G-BDHG, B-02/OT-ALB, special equipment (SLAR, IR, UV) for maritime pollution control, Transferred to BMM as OO-MMM

B-03

History

C/N

476 G

Date In

Jun 1976

Date Out

Feb 2003

G-BDJV, B-03/OT-ALC, (AW/IFF Radar nose), stored at SLV Brasschaat after crash landing at Brasschaat on 14 Feb 2003, G-BDJV, AP-BJJ (Pakistan)

B-04

History

C/N

498 G

Date In

Jul 1976

Date Out

Jun 2004

G-BDPN, B-04/OT-ALD, (AW/IFF Radar nose), stored at SLV Brasschaat, G-BDPN, G-EZCA, N958KM

B-05

History

C/N

501 G

Date In

Jul 1976

Date Out

Nov 1988

G-BDPP, B-05/OT-ALE, damaged in fire at Butzweilerhof (D.) on 23 Nov 1988, Royal Techn. School Saffraanberg, Stored at Bierset, stored at PS Aero Baarlo, ...

B-06

History

C/N

510 G

Date In

Aug 1976

Date Out

Nov 1988

G-BDPU, B-06/OT-ALF, damaged in fire at Butzweilerhof (D.) on 23 Nov 1988, on public display at Royal Army Museum Brussels.

B-07

History

C/N

523 G

Date In

Sep 1976

Date Out

Jul 2003

Jul 2003G-BDVX, B-07/OT-ALG, Stored at SLV Brasschaat, G-BDVX, G-OBNL, D-ISLE (Air Hamburg), OY-FHA (CAE Aviation) operated by Danish Air Force Home Guard

B-08

History

C/N

531 G

Date In

Oct 1976

Date Out

Aug 2005

G-BDZI, B-08/OT-ALH, Stored at SLV Brasschaat, G-BDZI, 6C-LDC (Bahamas), OY-FHB (CAE Aviation) operated by Danish Air Force Home Guard

B-09

History

C/N

533 G

Date In

Oct 1976

Date Out

2005

G-BDZK, B-09/OT-ALI, (AW/IFF Radar nose), to Britten Norman as spare part source to upgrade and modify B-2 into OO-MMM, G-BDZK, N21BN.

B-10

History

C/N

541 G

Date In

Dec 1976

Date Out

2005

G-BEDW, B-10/OT-ALJ, (AW/IFF Radar nose), Stored at SLV Brasschaat, G-BEDW, G-JPEG

B-11

History

C/N

549 G

Date In

Jan 1977

Date Out

2005

G-BEED, B-11/OT-ALK, Gate Guardian at Bierset, Kwartier Noord, Beauvechain 1WHC.

B-12

History

C/N

553 G

Date In

Jan 1977

Date Out

May 2004

G-BAFI, B-12/OT-ALL, Stored SLV Brasschaat, G-BEFI, OY-CKS

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