Auster (Taylorcraft) A.O.P. 6

Single engine two seat light communications- and observation aircraft

   In 1947 the first of 22 Austers ordered to equip an observation squadron, 369 Squadron at Brasschaat, were delivered. As this base was still under construction the aircraft were at first stored at Wevelgem and a some were used for training at Schaffen (Diest).  In 1952 the first Piper Super Cubs were delivered that replaced the Austers. However it took until 1955 before the unit (redesignated 15 Squadron Light Aviation) would stop operating the Austers. A few aircraft remained active with N° 42 Squadron at Wahn (Germany) until 1956-1957 and one single aircraft with 1 Wing at Beauvechain until 1958.

Auster A.O.P. 6 A-1 still sporting its former RAF registration VT977 on the wings in the late forties.

A-01

C/N

2816

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Mar 1955

History

VT977 (RAF), A-1, equipped with oblique cameras, crashed at Wahn (D.) on 23 Mar 1955

Auster A-2 participated in the 1958 Belgian South-Pole expedition. The aircraft was written off near Mount Belgica (Antarctica)

A-02

C/N

2823

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Dec 1958

History

VT984 (RAF), A-2, equipped with oblique cameras, equipped to tow gliders, South-Pole Expedition, 05 Dec 1958 Crashed at Mount Belgica (Antarctica)

Auster A.O.P. 6 A-3

A-03

C/N

2818

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT979 (RAF), A-3, Equipped with oblique cameras, OO-FDA, to Royal Army Museum (stored Vissenaken)

Auster A.O.P. 6 A-4 at an unidentified location in the early fifties.

A-04

C/N

2819

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Jun 1954

History

VT980 (RAF), A-4, crashed at Ophasselt on 29 Jun 1954.

Auster A.O.P. 6 A-5.

A-05

C/N

2815

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Jan 1953

History

VT976 (RAF), A-5, Fatal crash at Haccourt (Oupeye) on 13 Jan 1953

Auster A.O.P. 6 A-6 was written off in this landing accident at Brasschaat airfield on 18 December 1953.

A-06

C/N

2822

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Dec 1953

History

VT983 (RAF), A-6, Crashed at Brasschaat on 18 Dec 1953.

Auster A.O.P. 6 A-7 seen at Wahn airbase (D.) in 1955.

A-07

C/N

2820

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT981 (RAF), A-7, equipped to tow gliders, OO-FDB, to Royal Army Museum (stored Vissenaken)

Auster A.O.P. 6 A-8.

A-08

C/N

2824

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT988 (RAF), A-8, OO-FDC, to Royal Army Museum (wreck stored at Vissenaken).

Auster A.O.P. 6 A-9 in a line up at Schaffen-Diest in the early fifties.

A-09

C/N

2817

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT978 (RAF), A-9, OO-FDD, to Royal Army Museum (wreck stored at Vissenaken).

Auster A.O.P. 6 A-10 crashed on the rooftops of Etterbeek (Brussels) after a mid-air collision with A-19 on 4 December 1950.

A-10

C/N

2828

Date In

Sep 1947

Date Out

Dec 1950

History

VT989 (RAF), A-10, crashed at Etterbeek after mid-air collision with A-19 on 4 Dec 1950.

Auster A.O.P. 6 A-11 being started at Schaffen-Diest in the early fifties.

A-11

C/N

2826

Date In

Oct 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT990 (RAF), A-11, OO-FDE, Royal Army Museum, Brussels

Camouflaged Auster A.O.P. 6 A-12 at Schaffen-Diest airfield in the early fifties.

A-12

C/N

2827

Date In

Oct 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT991 (RAF), A-12, OO-FDF, crashed at Virton on 27 May 1962.

Auster A.O.P. 6 A-13 at Schaffen Diest airfield on 18 March 1952.

A-13

C/N

2825

Date In

Oct 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT986 (RAF), A-13,OO-FDG, crashed at Gent at on 12 May 1962

Auster A.O.P. 6 A-14 in flight over Schaffen Diest airfield in the early fifties.

A-14

C/N

2830

Date In

Oct 1947

Date Out

Jan 1957

History

VT987 (RAF), A-14, G-BKXP, being restaured.

Auster A.O.P. 6 A-15 at Brasschaat airbase in the mid-fifties.

A-15

C/N

2834

Date In

Nov 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT995 (RAF), equipped to tow gliders, OO-FDH, To Royal Army Museum, Gate Guardian at Brasschaat as "A-16", restored with parts of A-22, Gate Guardian Bierset. Stored 'Artillerymuseum Gunfire', Brasschaat.

Auster A.O.P. 6 A-16 in flight in the mid-fifties.

A-16

C/N

2835

Date In

Nov 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT996 (RAF), A-16, equipped to tow gliders, OO-FDI, Royal Army Museum as A-16, exchanged with museum at Kbely (Czech Republic)

A-17

C/N

2832

Date In

Nov 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT993 (RAF), A-17, equipped to tow gliders, OO-FDJ, to Royal Army Museum (wreck stored at Vissenaken).

Auster A.O.P. 6 A-18 in flight in the early fifties.

A-18

C/N

2831

Date In

Nov 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT992 (RAF), A-18, OO-FDK, to Royal Army Museum (wreck stored at Vissenaken).

Auster A.O.P. 6 A-19 crash landed at Etterbeek (Brussels) after a mid-air collision with A-10 on 4 December 1950.

A-19

C/N

2924

Date In

Dec 1947

Date Out

Dec 1950

History

VT985 (RAF), A-19, crashed at Etterbeek after mid-air collision with A-10 on 4 Dec 1950.

Ground crew members posing with Auster A.O.P. 6 A-20

A-20

C/N

2833

Date In

Dec 1947

Date Out

Mar 1957

History

VT994 (RAF), A-20, spare part source for restauration of A-14/G-BKXB.

Auster A.O.P. 6 A-21 in a line up at Schaffen Diest in the early fifties.

A-21

C/N

2821

Date In

Jan 1948

Date Out

Jul 1957

History

VT982 (RAF), A-21, OO-OVL, crashed at Temploux on 27 May 1960.

Auster A.O.P. 6 A-22  at Schaffen Diest in the early fifties.

A-22

C/N

2836

Date In

Nov 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT997 (RAF), A-22, OO-FDL, to Royal Army Museum, stored Vissenaken, spare part source for restauration A-15 gate guard Bierset.

 

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.

Serial

C/N

In

Out

History

B-01

466 G

May 1976

Jul 2005

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

B-02

468 G

May 1976

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

476 G

Jun 1976

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

498 G

Jul 1976

Jun 2004

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

B-05

501 G

Jul 1976

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

510 G

Aug 1976

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

523 G

Sep 1976

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

531 G

Oct 1976

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

533 G

Oct 1976

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

541 G

Dec 1976

2005

2005G-BEDW, B-10/OT-ALJ, (AW/IFF Radar nose), Stored at SLV Brasschaat, G-BEDW, G-JPEG

B-11

549 G

Jan 1977

2003

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

B-12

553 G

Jan 1977

May 2004

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

 

Britten Norman (Pilatus) BN2T Turbine Islander

Pilatus-Britten Norman BN-2T Turbine Islander G-05 of the Rijkswacht/Gendarmerie on the Melsbroek apron on April 19th, 1997.

Twin-engine eight-seat communications aircraft

On January 1st, 1992 the Rijkswacht/Gendarmerie was demilitarised and now reported to the Ministry of the Interior. At the same time the Air Support Detachment was created tasked with the management of all Rijkswacht/Gendarmerie air assets. One of the major goals of this new unit was to modernise the fleet (consisting of Alouette II and some Puma helicopters) which lead to the acquisition amongst others of a (second-hand) Turbine Islander which was to be used for observation and coordination during large scale police actions.

Serial

C/N

In

Out

History

G-05

R2146

Nov 1993

Oct 2000

G-DEMO, G-BKEA, G-05, LX-REM (CAE Aviation - Aero Service, Luxembourg), Senegal AF for fisherry patrols.

 

Cessna 182Q/R Skylane II

Single engine light observation aircraft

In order to replace the ageing Alouette II helicopters of the Rijkswacht/Gendarmerie the Belgian government ordered three second-hand Cessna 182 Skylane II observation aircraft on the American market. Before delivery they were overhauled and standardised at the Cessna factory in Reims (France). After the loss of G-03 at Melsbroek a replacement aircraft was bought. As Puma G-02 was still in service at the time of the Cessna order no G-2 serial was attributed to the Cessna’s.

Serial

C/N

In

Out

History

G-01

182Q-67696

May 1994

In service

N5411N, G-01/OT-GLB, active with the Federal Police at Melsbroek.

G-03 (1)

182R-67850

May 1994

Sep 1994

N4885H, G-03/OT-GLC, Written off at Melsroek on 22 Sep 1994 when blown over by KLu C-130H G-273. Wreckage stored at Beauvechain.

G-03 (2)

182R-67742

May 1997

Jan 2003

N5472N, F-WQFA, G-03/OT-GLC (2), Fatal crash at Melsbroek on 10 Jan 2003

G-04

182R-67844

Jul 1994

In service

N6605N, G-04/OT-GLD, active with the Federal Police at Melsbroek.

 

Dornier Do27J-1

Single engine communications- and general purpose aircraft

 

   In 1960, twelve Dornier Do 27J-1 single engine aircraft were acquired by the Light Aviation branch of the Belgian Army as a 6 seat communications base hack and to provide a platform for free fall parachute training. On 25 March 1977 the Light Aviation made the last Dornier Do 27 flight. Many of these aircraft then started a second life abroad.

Serial

C/N

In

Out

History

D-1

2057

Oct 1960

Mar 1977

D-9504, D1, OL-D01, (OT-AMA), D-EGVB, "D-EYLE" monument at Oberpfaffenhousen (D.) (currently removed from display)

D-2

2058

Oct 1960

Mar 1977

Mar 1977D-9505, D2, OL-DO2, D-02, (OT-AMB), Technical School Saffraanberg - instructional airframe, Brasschaat - instructional airframe, Bierset intended as gate guardian, stored in private ownership.

D-3

2059

Oct 1960

Mar 1977

D-9506, D3, OL-D03, D-03, (OT-AMC) D-EGVC

D-4

2101

Sep 1961

Mar 1977

D4, OL-D04, D-04, (OT_AMD), accident at Brasschaat on 25 Mar 1975, Royal Army Museum.

G-03 (1)

D-5

182R-67850

2102

May 1994

Sep 1961

Sep 1994

Mar 1977

D5, OL-D05, D-05, (OT-AME), D-EGVF, MAAW-11 (Malawi Army Air Wing), G-BMII, HC-BNK (Do 27A-4)

G-01

D-6

182Q-67696

2103

May 1994

Sep 1961

In service

Mar 1977

N5411N, G-01/OT-GLB, active with the Federal Police at Melsbroek.

D6, OL-D06, D-06, (OT-AMF), D-EGVG, MAAW-12 (Malawi Army Air Wing)

G-03 (1)

D-7

182R-67850

2104

May 1994

Sep 1961

Sep 1994

May 1962

D7, Crashed at Köln-Niehl (D.) on 21 May 1962. Instructional airframe at Bützweilerhof, scrapped.

D-8

2105

Sep 1961

Mar 1977

D8, OL-D08, D-08, OT-AMG),  D-EGVH, MAAW-13  (Malawi Army Air Wing)

D-9

2106

Sep 1961

Mar 1977

D9, OL-D09, D-09, D-EGVN, 7P-AAX, PMU-27 (Lesotho), registered G-BNVX, D-EGVN

D-10

2107

Sep 1961

Mar 1977

Mar 1977D10, OL-D10, D-10, D-EGVO, MAAW-14 (Malawi Army Air Wing), G-BMIJ, HC-BNL (Ecuador), crashed at Numbiami on 23 Mar 1990

D-11

2108

Sep 1961

Mar 1977

D11, OL-D11, D-11, (OT-AMK), D-EGVP, MAAW-15  (Malawi Army Air Wing), G-BMIK, HC-BPU (Ecuador)

D-12

2109

Sep 1961

1976

D12, OL-D12, D-12, D-EGVQ, MAAW-16 (Malawi Army Air Wing), D-EFSC

 

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