Douglas C-47B Dakota/Skytrain
Twin-engine transport aircraft.
Already during WWII several Belgian crews were operational in Dakota equipped RAF squadrons (N° 187 and 525 Squadrons at Membury). With the rebirth of the Belgian post war Military Aviation the creation of a transport wing was one of the first priorities and in 1946 the Belgian Government could easily obtain a number of surplus Dakota's through the American "Foreign Liquidation Commission". A large number of transports was needed in order to maintain an operational link with Belgian Congo and to equip locally based units. A first order of 18 ex-USAAF Dakota's was obtained between 1946 and 1947 and delivered at N° 366 Squadron/169 Wing at Evere. (Later N° 20 Squardon/15th Wing). With the addition of some 23 supplementary former RAF Dakota's a second squadron was activated (N° 367 squadron later N° 21 Squadron). Finally no less than 41 C-47B's were active with the Belgian Air Force. With the introduction of the much larger C-119 Flying Boxcar the number of active Dakota's quickly reduced until only a handful were operational with N° 21 Squadron. In 1976 the last of the "Daks" was retired.
De Havilland DH.89A Dominie C.1
Twin-engine biplane communications- and transport aircraft.
Already during the Second World War the plans for the new Belgian Air Force incorporated the use of light transport- and liaison aircraft. The De Havilland DH.89A Dominie C.1's were some of the first aircraft of the newly formed Air Force and the majority was already in service in 1945 with the (Belgian crewed) Metropolitan Communications Flight and the Belgian Training School at Snailwell (UK). In the mid fifties the last of the 7 Dominies operated by the Belgian Air Force were withdrawn from use. Some ended up on the Belgian civil market while the remainder was scrapped.
NR805 (RAF), D-1, ZC-J, ZC-H, OT-ZCH
NF874 (RAF), D-2, "Raymond Chartier", ZC-K
NF868 (RAF), D-3, ZC-I, Crashed at Melsbroek on 21 Aug 1952.
NR686 (RAF), D-4, ZC, ZC-M, OO-ARN, N701DH
NR688 (RAF), D-5/ZC-N, OO-ARI, G-APBN (nru), OO-ARI, F-OBIA, ...
NR776 (RAF) D-6, OT-ZCJ
NR777 (RAF), D-7, OT-ZCK, ZK-SWR (airworthy)
Hawker Siddeley HS.748-2A
Twin turbo-prop short range passenger- and cargo-aircraft.
After a long search for a suitable replacement for the Douglas C-47B Dakota the Belgian government decided on April 8th, 1974 to acquire three Hawker Siddeley HS748s. The HS.748-2A was equipped with a large cargo door on the left hand side and could be transformed from cargo to passenger configuration in a minimum of time. In 2002 the HS.748 was withdrawn from use when the Embraer replacement aircraft arrived. Two airworthy HS.748 transports were donated to government of Benin while the third aircraft was also transferred to serve as a spare-parts resource.
CS-01, TY-21A (Benin)
CS-02, TY-21B (Benin)
G-BEEM, CS-03, shipped to Benin as spre parts resource