Airbus A400M

 

Four engine turboprop transport aircraft

 On 27 May 2003, Belgium (together with France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom) has ordered 7 Airbus Defence and Space (formerly Airbus Military) A400M airlifters to replace its Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. The Belgian Air Component will also manage the single aircraft which will be bought by Luxemburg. The A400M's first flight took place on 11 December 2009 at Sevilla, Spain where the final assembly facility is established. Currently 174 aircraft are ordered by 8 nations.

Serial

C/N

In

Out

History

CT-01

104

OCT 2020

In Service

Luxembourg Air Force, painted. First flight Sevilla 03 Apr 2020, arrived at Melsbroek on 9 Oct 2020.

CT-02

106

-

-

First Belgian Air Force aircraft - Seen on production line in Sevilla on 16 Dec 2019. First Flight Sevilla 27 Jul 2020. Expected Dec 2020

CT-03

109

-

-

Seen on production line in Sevilla on 16 Dec 2019. Being tested

CT-04

114

-

-

Seen on production line in Sevilla on 30 Sep 2020.

CT-05

116

-

-

Seen on production line in Sevilla on 30 Sep 2020.

CT-06

-

-

-

-

CT-07

-

-

-

-

CT-08

-

-

-

-

 

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 on take-off from Koksijde airbase in February 1987.

CH-01

C/N

382-4455

Date In

Jul 1972

Date Out

Active

History

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

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.

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

 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

 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

Active

History

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

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

Active

History

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

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, stored Beauvechain.

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

CH-09

C/N

382-4479

Date In

Mar 1973

Date Out

Active

History

71-1805, CH-09

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, wreck Melsbroek.

  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

Active

History

71-1807, CH-11

 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

Active

History

71-1808, CH-12

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

Active

History

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

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