Piper L-18C Super Cub

Single engine observation, communications and training aircraft.

 

 

  157 Piper Super Cubs were delivered to the Belgian Air Force from mid-1952 onwards in the framework of the Mutual Defence Aid Programme (MDAP). After a restructuration of the armed forces on April 1st, 1954 the Super Cubs were assigned to the Belgian Army Light Aviation and exchanged their bright yellow colour scheme for camouflage paint.
From the total number of 157 aircraft delivered to Wevelgem, 25 Pipers (L88 to L112) were never used operationally by the Belgian Forces and instead were passed on to Denmark (L88 to L103) and the Netherlands (L104 to L112). More aircraft were stored for several years before taken on charge. In 1963 the serial numbers were rationalised and the majority of the aircraft got a new sequential registration number. The result was that several registrations were issued twice, which does not really help to give us a clear picture.
During its operational career a demonstration team was formed, named "The Pipettes".
All remaining Pipers were replaced by Sud Aviation Alouette II helicopters by June 1970, although for many of them this by no means meant the end of their flying career as several Pipers started a second life with civilian aero clubs all across Europe

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C/N

18-1574

L-01

Date In

Jul 1952

Date Out

Oct 1960

History

51-15574, L-1, remains sold in the Netherlands. L-114 was to become L-1 (2) but it crashed before being re-registered.

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C/N

18-1575

L-02 (1)

Date In

Jul 1952

Date Out

Jun 1957

History

51-15575, L-2, Technical School Saffraanberg, L-02, crashed at Euskirchen (D.) on 7 Jun 1957.

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C/N

18-3199

L-03 (2)

Date In

Sep 1958

Date Out

Jan 1969

History

53-4799, L125, OL-L03, D-EABS

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C/N

18-1573

L-04

Date In

Jul 1952

Date Out

Jul 1963

History

51-15573, L-4, OL-L04, L-04, OO-HSC, OO-KIW, written off in accident at Werl (D.) on 25 Mar 1963

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C/N

18-1976

L-05 (1)

Date In

Oct 1952

Date Out

Oct 1960

History

52-2376, L-5, D-EDCI

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C/N

18-3203

L-06 (2)

Date In

Sep 1958

Date Out

Dec 1969

History

53-4803, L-129, OL-LO6, active at Nairobi, Kenia in June 1976.

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C/N

18-3081

L-07 (1)

Date In

Dec 1953

Date Out

Nov 1958

History

53-4681, L-7, crashed on 23 Oct 1958, location unknown.

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C/N

18-3216

L-07 (2)

Date In

Sep 1958

Date Out

Dec 1969

History

53-4804, L-130, OL-L07, D-ECZF (ntu).

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C/N

18-3218

L-08 (2)

Date In

Sep 1958

Date Out

Dec 1969

History

53-4805, L-131, OL-L08, OO-LVM, G-BTUR

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C/N

18-3083

L-09 (1)

Date In

Dec 1953

Date Out

Jul 1961

History

53-4683, L-9, Technical School Saffraanberg as instructional airframe, D-ELQY.

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C/N

18-3209

L-09 (2)

Date In

Sep 1958

Date Out

Dec 1969

History

53-4809, L-135, OL-L09, D-ELFZ, OY-ECO, SE-FVS

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C/N

18-3084

L-10 (1)

Date In

Dec 1953

Date Out

Oct 1960

History

53-4684, L-10, D-ECBE, G-BLPE.

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C/N

18-3213

L-10 (2)

Date In

Jan 1959

Date Out

May 1969

History

53-4813, L-139, OL-L10, LN-UXC (active on floats)

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C/N

18-3085

L-11

Date In

Mar 1954

Date Out

1970

History

53-4685, L-11, OL-L11, Technical School Saffraanberg as instructional airframe, D-EAEB

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C/N

18-3086

L-12 (1)

Date In

Mar 1954

Date Out

May 1960

History

53-4686, L-12, crashed at Brasschaat on 5 May 1960.

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C/N

18-3218

L-12 (2)

Date In

Aug 1959

Date Out

1970

History

53-4818, L-144, OL-L12, OO-LOT

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C/N

18-3186

L-13 (2)

Date In

May 1957

Date Out

May 1970

History

53-4787, L-113, L-13, D-EHTV

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C/N

18-3088

L-14

Date In

Dec 1953

Date Out

Jun 1968

History

53-4688, L-14, OL-L14, LN-LJJ.

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C/N

18-3090

L-16 (1)

Date In

Mar 1954

Date Out

Oct 1960

History

53-4690, L-16, fate unknown

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C/N

18-3092

L-18 (1)

Date In

Mar 1954

Date Out

Jul 1954

History

53-4692, L-18, crashed at Oelegem Mariaburg on 9 Jul 1954 after a mid--air collision with L-20.

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C/N

18-3228

L-18 (2)

Date In

Oct 1960

Date Out

May 1970

History

53-4828, L154, OL-L18, OO-HBG

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C/N

18-3093

L-19 (1)

Date In

Mar 1954

Date Out

Oct 1960

History

53-4693, L-19, fate unknown.

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C/N

18-3193

L-19 (2)

Date In

Sep 1958

Date Out

Feb 1968

History

53-4793, L-119, OL-L19, written-off at Brasschaat on 2 Jul 1967, D-ENKB

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C/N

18-3094

L-20

Date In

Mar 1954

Date Out

Nov 1958

History

53-4694, L-20, Crashed at Oedelgem on 9 July 1958 after mid-air collision with L-18

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C/N

18-3097

L-23

Date In

Mar 1954

Date Out

Jun 1958

History

53-4697, L-23, OL-L23, D-EHCC

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C/N

18-3099

L-25

Date In

Apr 1954

Date Out

Jan 1969

History

53-4699, L-25, OL-L25, D-EAUB

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C/N

18-3201

L-27(2)

Date In

Sep 1958

Date Out

Dec 1969

History

53-4801, L-127, OL-L27, 5Y-HAE

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C/N

18-3103

L-29

Date In

Apr 1954

Date Out

Jun 1968

History

53-4703, L-29, OL-L29, LN-LJK

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C/N

18-3105

L-31

Date In

Apr 1954

Date Out

Jun 1968

History

53-4705, L-31, OL-L31, LN-LJL, OH-PEP

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C/N

18-3109

L-35

Date In

May 1954

Date Out

May 1970

History

53-4709, L-35, OL-L35, LN-BEE, SE-CLF

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C/N

18-3227

L-38 (2)

Date In

Oct 1958

Date Out

May 1970

History

53-4812, L-138, OL-L38, OO-DPE, stored at Hoevenen, frame and wings used to restore OO-ALZ.

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C/N

18-3113

L-39

Date In

Mar 1954

Date Out

Feb 1968

History

53-4713, L-39, OL-L39, D-ENKC

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C/N

18-3122

L-48

Date In

Apr 1954

Date Out

Jun 1968

History

54-4722, L-48, OL-L48, LN-LJM

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C/N

18-3129

L-55

Date In

Dec 1953

Date Out

May 1970

History

53-4729, L-55, OL-L55, D-EHTR, (OO-HBV), D-EDHZ

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C/N

18-3130

L-56 (1)

Date In

May 1954

Date Out

Nov 1958

History

53-4730, L-56, OO-HBQ

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C/N

18-3136

L-62

Date In

1954

Date Out

Sep 1961

History

53-4736, L-62, Crashed at Heringhausen/Brilon (D.) on 31 Aug 1961

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C/N

18-3139

L-65

Date In

Jul 1954

Date Out

Jun 1968

History

53-4739, L-65, OL-L65, LN-LJN

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C/N

18-3146

L-72

Date In

Mar 1954

Date Out

May 1969

History

53-4746, L-72, OL-L72, OO-ACK, N53AG.

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C/N

18-3155

L-77

Date In

Oct 1954

Date Out

May 1970

History

53-4755, L-77, OL-L77, Technical School Saffraanberg, L-77, D-EKKK, OO-KKK

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