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Lockheed C-130H Hercules

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Four engine transport aircraft

 

In 1970 the Belgian Air Force ordered twelve Lockheed C-130H Hercules (type 382C-25D) transport aircraft to replacement its sizeable fleet of Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcars. The Hercules aircraft were delivered from mid 1972 onwards to Melsbroek based N° 20 Squadron of the 15th Wing. During the first years of operation the aircraft wore a 'Vietnam'-style camouflage scheme which later on gave way for an overall grey. In 1990 a 'Mid-Life Improvement Programme' was started, a programme that included replacement of the outer wings (from engine N°2 and N°3 outwards) in phase 1, the installation of a self-protection suite and a complete new 'glass' cockpit with advanced avionics in phase 2.  Belgian Air Force C-130's have proven their value during numerous humanitarian deployments, in which  several missions, considered impossible by some, were successfully completed. The Lockheed C-130H Hercules is earmarked to be replaced by the all new Airbus Military A-400M, but considerable delays in this multi-nation project has postponed their entry into service so that the Belgian "Hercs" will be around for at least another decade.

CH-01 on take-off from Koksijde airbase in February 1987.

CH-01

C/N

382-4455

Date In

Jul 1972

Date Out

Dec 2021

History

71-1797, CH-01, "The Nairobi Belle" special marking, sold to Pakistan Air Force (2022) as 4455/ 455 - used for conversion instruction at Zaventem.

Dusty take off for Lockheed C-130H Hercules CH-02 with special "30 Years Hercules" markings.

CH-02

C/N

382-4460

Date In

Jul 1972

Date Out

May 2006

History

71-1798, CH-02, "30 Years C130" special color scheme, 05 May 2006 destroyed in hangar fire at Zaventem. Tail preserved as gate guardian at Melsbroek airbase.

CH-03 at Melsbroek airbase on 31 October 1984.

CH-03

C/N

382-4461

Date In

Aug 1972

Date Out

Oct 2019

History

71-1799, CH-03, Wfu 21 Oct 2019, being dismantled at Melsbroek, forward fuselage to Dakota museum

 Lockheed C-130H Hercules CH-04 banking over Melsbroek airbase on 14 September 2008.

CH-04

C/N

382-4467

Date In

Oct 1972

Date Out

Jul 2020

History

71-1800, CH-04, "Mid-Life Update" markings, sold to Pakistan Air Force (2022) as 4467/467.

 Melsbroek base-commander Colonel Bernard "Barny" Flamang at the helm of Lockheed C-130H Hercules CH-05 near Waterloo on 14 July 2008.

CH-05

C/N

382-4470

Date In

Dec 1972

Date Out

Dec 2021

History

71-1801, CH-05, "20 Years C-130" Special paint, sold to Pakistan Air Force (2022) as 4470/470. stored at Gosselies, N992BA

CH-06 at Melsbroek airbase on 31 October 1984. Unfortunately this aircraft was lost in a tragic accident at Eindhoven airport on 15 July 1996.

CH-06

C/N

382-4473

Date In

Dec 1972

Date Out

Jul 1996

History

71-1802, CH-06, Written off in fatal crash at Eindhoven airport on 15 Jul 1996

CH07 in Flight.

CH-07

C/N

382-4476

Date In

Jan 1973

Date Out

Dec 2021

History

71-1803, CH-07, "60 Years 15th Wing" special color scheme, sold to Pakistan Air Force (2022) as 4476/476. Stored at Gosslies, N993BA

CH-08 and others picking up para-troopers at Bierset airbase on 17 September 1987.

CH-08

C/N

382-4478

Date In

Feb 1973

Date Out

Dec 2017

History

71-1804, CH-08, Wfu Dec 2017, dismantled at Beauvechain tail to be preserved at Steenokkerzeel roundabout.

CH-09 taking off from Melsbroek airbase on 9 October 2020.

CH-09

C/N

382-4479

Date In

Mar 1973

Date Out

Dec 2020

History

71-1805, CH-09, last flight 18 Dec 2020, sold to Pakistan Air Force (2022) as 4479/479, departed Melsbroek for Nur Khan AB (Chaklala AP), Rawalpindi, Pakistan on 10 Aug 2022.

CH-10 in flight over Namur.

CH-10

C/N

382-4481

Date In

Mar 1973

Date Out

Dec 2018

History

71-1806, CH-10, first aircraft having received the "Mid-Live Update". Wfu 20 Dec 2018, dismantled at Melsbroek, tail preserved at 15th Wing.

  For the occasion of the "Rode Neuzendag" a benefit action, to raise awareness and break the taboo around psychological problems, the Belgian Air Force gave a special touch to Lockheed C-130H Hercules CH-11.  The aircraft is seen at Melsbroek Airbase on December 2nd, 2016.

CH-11

C/N

382-4482

Date In

Apr 1973

Date Out

Sep 2021

History

71-1807, CH-11, old to Pakistan Air Force (2022) as 4482/482.

 Lockheed C-130H Belgian Hercules CH-12 dropping para-commandos over Schaffen airfield.

CH-12

C/N

382-4483

Date In

Apr 1973

Date Out

Dec 2021

History

71-1808, CH-12, sold to Pakistan Air Force (2022) as 4483/483, departed Melsbroek for Nur Khan AB (Chaklala AP), Rawalpindi, Pakistan on 29 Jul 2022.

C-130H CH-13 arriving at Melsbroek airbase on 17 March 2009. Photo Jos Schoofs.

CH-13

C/N

382-4047

Date In

Mar 2009

Date Out

Apr 2021

History

64-0552, N130EV, CH-14, CH-13, flown to Beauvechain on 26 Apr 2021 to be preserved.

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