Douglas C-54A Skymaster / DC-4

Four engine transport/passenger aircraft

   In 1950 the Belgian Air Force acquired a Douglas C54A-10-DC Skymaster from Sabena to improve passenger conditions on the link to and from the Belgian Congo. In 1954 a second aircraft was bought from S.A.S. this being a DC-4-1009. With the appearance in 1958 of the larger C-118 (DC-6) both aircraft were mainly used as pure freighters.  Both aircraft operated by the Melsbroek based 21st Squadron of the 15th Transport wing were withdrawn from use in 1971 and although both survived for some years (KX-1 at Torhout, KX-2 at Southend (U.K.) they finally were scrapped.

Type

C-54A-10-DC

C/N

10326

KX-1

Date In

Nov 1950

Date Out

Jan 1971

History

C-54A-10-DC ++ 42- 72221 (USAAF), Bu No 39173 (Douglas R5D-1, US Navy), NC49539, OO-CBS, KX-1/OT-CWU, Torhout (storage), scrapped

Type

DC-4-1009

C/N

42987

KX-2

Date In

May 1954

Date Out

Apr 1971

History

DC-4-1009 ++ OY-DFO, KX-2/OT-CWV, LN-TUR (ntu), G-AZSI, GM-791UR, used for fire fighting practice at Southend and scrapped.

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