Fairchild Swearingen Merlin IIIA

Twin engine communications and calibration/cartographical aircraft

   To replace the Percival Pembroke the Belgian Air Force ordered six Swearingen Merlin IIIA turboprop aircraft in september 1975. One aircraft was equipped for the calibration of navigation aids on airfields and a second aircraft was equipped for vertical aerial photography mainly on behalf of National Geographical Institute. In 2003 the remaining 5 aircraft were sold to CAE Aviation in Luxembourg.

C/N

T259

CF-01

Date In

Mar 1976

Date Out

Aug 2001

History

N5374M, CF-01, storage at Weelde, LX-NOP

C/N

T260

CF-02

Date In

May 1976

Date Out

Sep 2001

History

N5373M, CF-02, LX-RSO, N422GK, offered for sale by by Euro Est Services at Haguenau-Wissembourg

C/N

T262

CF-03

Date In

Jun 1976

Date Out

Apr 1980

History

N5375M, N500BW, CF-03, fatal crash at Lille-Lesquin (F.) on 16 Apr 1980.

C/N

T264

CF-04

Date In

Jun 1976

Date Out

Oct 2001

History

N5378M, CF-04, LX-LAP, N422AG (in France), F-GZJM

C/N

T265

CF-05

Date In

Oct 1976

Date Out

Jun 2000

History

Jun 2000N5381M, CF-05, Stored at Melsbroek after suffering damaged while being towed on 16 Jun 2000, LX-NRJ

C/N

T267

CF-06

Date In

Oct 1976

Date Out

Mar 2002

History

N5382M, CF-06, LX-PIX , PH-PIX, F-GPXR to Pixair Survey, Rouen/Vallee de Seine

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