Lockheed C-130H Hercules

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

C/N

382-4455

Date In

Jul 1972

Date Out

Active

History

71-1797, CH-01, "The Nairobi Belle" special marking.

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.

CH-03

C/N

382-4461

Date In

Aug 1972

Date Out

Oct 2019

History

71-1799, CH-03, Wfu 21 Oct 2019

CH-04

C/N

382-4467

Date In

Oct 1972

Date Out

Jul 2020

History

71-1800, CH-04, "Mid-Life Update" markings

CH-05

C/N

382-4470

Date In

Dec 1972

Date Out

Active

History

71-1801, CH-05, "20 Years C-130" Special paint.

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

CH-07

C/N

382-4476

Date In

Jan 1973

Date Out

Active

History

71-1803, CH-07, "60 Years 15th Wing" special color scheme.

CH-08

C/N

382-4478

Date In

Feb 1973

Date Out

Dec 2017

History

71-1804, CH-08, Wfu Dec 2017, stored Beauvechain.

CH-09

C/N

382-4479

Date In

Mar 1973

Date Out

Dec 2020

History

71-1805, CH-09, last flight 18 Dec 2020

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, wreck Melsbroek.

CH-11

C/N

382-4482

Date In

Apr 1973

Date Out

Active

History

71-1807, CH-11

CH-12

C/N

382-4483

Date In

Apr 1973

Date Out

Active

History

71-1808, CH-12

CH-13

C/N

382-4047

Date In

Mar 2009

Date Out

Active

History

64-0552, N130EV, CH-14, CH-13

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