Stampe Vertongen SV-4B

Single engine twin-seat trainer

 

 

    After a test and evaluation study for which two De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 aircraft were also acquired, the Belgian Government finally decided in the Spring of 1947 to buy 33 Gipsy Major powered Stampe Vertongen SV-4B trainers for the Belgian Air Force initial pilot instruction.  This initial batch of aircraft was delivered to Schaffen-Diest airfield between June and December 1948. A second order for 12 Cirrus powered SV-4B's followed in 1952 and a third batch of again 12 Cirrus Stampes in 1953. These last aircraft were the first to adopt the overall orange color so familiar for this all Belgian designed. Previously the Stampes were painted in an aluminum color scheme sporting yellow training stripes over the wings and fuselage. Finally a last batch of 8 Gipsy Major powered SV's was acquired in 1954. The Stampe which by now was based at Goetsenhoven airfield near Tienen was appreciated for its stability and maneuverability and was used by the "Manchots" (penguins) stunt team established in 1965 and well known for their trademark mirror formations. The very last Stampes were used by the Belgian Air Force as glider tugs on behalf of the Belgian Air Cadet but by 1975 these nimble Belgian biplanes finally had to bow out of the military service, V-52 remaining in flying condition until the end of March 1978 for airshow presentations. As a testimony to this robust and clever design it can be said that almost half the Belgian Military SV-4B production survives to this day, the majority of which in flying condition.    

 Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-1 at Koksijde airbase in 1951.

C/N

1143

V-01

Date In

Jun 1948

Date Out

May 1953

History

V-1, destroyed because of irrecoverable spin at Koksijde airbase on 26 April 1953.

 Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-2 ran into problems near Genk on April 14th 1949 and had to make an emergency landing in which the undercarriage was torn off.

C/N

1146

V-02

Date In

Jul 1948

Date Out

Jul 1958

History

V-2, V2/OT-ZAA to Kamina (Belgian Congo), scrapped localy

 Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-3 painted silver and still having open cockpits.

C/N

1145

V-03

Date In

Jul 1948

Date Out

Mar 1953

History

V-3, crashed at Nivelles on 22 Apr 1952.

Formation flying in Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-4 now belonging to the MCVZ-CMVV. Note the glider towing hook beneath the rudder.

C/N

1144

V-04

Date In

Aug 1948

Date Out

Dec 1971

History

V-4, MCVZ-CMVV, stored at Koksijde, OO-EIR

A student pilot is preparing to board Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-5 at Goetsenhoven.

C/N

1147

V-05

Date In

Sep 1948

Date Out

Mar 1971

History

V-5, stored at Koksijde, OO-PAX

A classic study of Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-6 taken in the sixties. This aircraft was lost in a landing accident at Oostmalle airfield on April 5th, 1975 while on glider towing duty for the Belgian Air Cadets

C/N

1148

V-06

Date In

Aug 1948

Date Out

Oct 1977

History

V-6, MCVZ-CMVV, written off in landing accident at Oostmalle on 5 Apr 1975.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-7 crashed at Oostende-Raversijde airport on 4 Augustus 1953 and was written off.

C/N

1149

V-07

Date In

Oct 1948

Date Out

Aug 1953

History

V-7, crashed at Oostende- Raversijde on 4 Aug 1953.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-8 at Goetsenhoven airfield in the late sixties.

C/N

1150

V-08

Date In

Aug 1948

Date Out

Jun 1968

History

V-8, crashed at Goetsenhoven on 06 Sep 1967, not repaired as intented first.

 Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-9 of the Koksijde based DEVS (Detachement Elementaire Vliegschool) or DEPE (Détachement Ecole de Pilotage Elémentaire) seen (most probably) at Goetsenhoven.

C/N

1151

V-09

Date In

Aug 1948

Date Out

Jan 1965

History

V-9, crashed at Gpetsenhoven on 26 Jun 1964during a training flight for a solo display routine.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-10 being refueled in the early fifties.

C/N

1152

V-10

Date In

Aug 1948

Date Out

Jan 1954

History

V-10, crashed at Bothey (Namur) on 28 Nov 1953.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-11 at Goetsenhoven airbase in the early sixties.

C/N

1153

V-11

Date In

Dec 1948

Date Out

Jun 1967

History

V-11, crashed on landing at Goetsenhoven on 4 Aug 1966.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-12 being prepared for a flight at snow covered Goetsenhoven.

C/N

1154

V-12

Date In

Dec 1948

Date Out

Aug 1956

History

V-12, crashed at Goetsenhoven due to very bad weather on 9 Jul 1956.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-13 still in silver overall finish in flight in the early fifties.

C/N

1155

V-13

Date In

Dec 1948

Date Out

Dec 1960

History

V-13, crashed at Taviers on 5 Nov 1959 during acro training.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-14 at Koksijde airbase in the early fifties.

C/N

1156

V-14

Date In

Dec 1948

Date Out

Sep 1951

History

V-14, crashed on landing at Goetsenhoven on 14 Jun 1951

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-15 after a mid-air collision with Supermarine Spitfire F.14e SG-13 near Goetsenhoven on 16 May 1950.

C/N

1157

V-15

Date In

Dec 1948

Date Out

May 1950

History

V-15, written off after mid-air collision with Spitfire 14e SG-13 on 16 May 1950.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-16 in the static display of the Florennes Airshow in September 1969.

C/N

1158

V-16

Date In

June 1949

Date Out

Jan 1971

History

V-16, stored at Koksijde, G-GOMD

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-17 low over Goetsenhoven airbase.

C/N

1159

V-17

Date In

Jul 1949

Date Out

Apr 1960

History

V-17, crashed on landing at Goetsenhoven on 15 Sep 1959.

"Les Manchots" in single seat configuration Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-18 and V-28 during a display.

C/N

1160

V-18

Date In

Oct 1949

Date Out

Jan 1971

History

V-18, "Les Manchots" stunt team, stored at Koksijde, SLN-03 (Canadian Armed Forces Flying Club), G-BRMC, OO-GWD

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-19 in single seat configuration as it was presented at airshows in the late sixties.

C/N

1161

V-19

Date In

Feb 1949

Date Out

Jul 1970

History

V-19, solo-display, stored at Koksijde, fatal crash at Koksijde on 11 Jul 1970

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-19 in single seat configuration as it was presented at airshows in the late sixties.

C/N

1162

V-20

Date In

Mar 1951

Date Out

Mar 1971

History

V-20, stored at Koksijde, SLN-01 (Canadian Armed Forces Flying Club), C-GSLN (active at Calgary Alberta, Canada)

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-21 in flight in October 1968.

C/N

1163

V-21

Date In

Mar 1951

Date Out

Jul 1970

History

V-21, Gate Guard Goetsenhoven, storage Royal Army Museum, OO-GWB, OO-SVG.

 Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-22 in the static display of the Beauvechain Airshow on 26 June 1966. Other aircraft visible in the background are (counter clockwise) Fouga Magister MT-23, Lockheed T-33A FT-28, Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar CP-26, De Havilland DH-1 Otter OO-HAD of the Belgian-Dutch Antarctic expedition and Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-6.

C/N

1164

V-22

Date In

Mar 1951

Date Out

Mar 1971

History

V-22, stored at Koksijde, G-AZSA

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-23 (still in silver doped linnen) in the static display of the Deurne Airshow on 8 June 1952.

C/N

1165

V-23

Date In

Mar 1951

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

V-23, written off in landing accident at Goetsenhoven on 29 Aug 1957. OO-ESV

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-24 in a line-up at Goetsenhoven airbase in the early sixties.

C/N

1166

V-24

Date In

Mar 1951

Date Out

Jan 1965

History

V-24, detached to AFCENT Flying Club, Fontainebleau (F.), crashed at Moret-Episyy (F.) on 28 Aug 1964 while towing a glider.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-25 crashed at Marke on 20 July 1951 after hitting some powerlines during a low level flight.

C/N

1167

V-25

Date In

Apr 1951

Date Out

Sep 1951

History

V-25, crshed at Marke on 20 Jul 1951 after hitting powerlines.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-26 figuring on a well known postcard of the sixties.

C/N

1168

V-26

Date In

Apr 1951

Date Out

Jun 1969

History

V-26, crashed at Goetsenhoven on 26 May 1969 (beyond economic repair), restored as OO-SVH

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-27 in flight near its homebase Goetsenhoven in the late sixties.

C/N

1169

V-27

Date In

Apr 1951

Date Out

Mar 1971

History

V-27, stored at Koksijde, G-AZUL, D-EIHD, OO-RAY

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-28 and V-18 of the "Manchots" aerobatic team perform their famous "mirror" formation at Balen-Keiheuvel in the mid sixties.

C/N

1170

V-28

Date In

Apr 1951

Date Out

Aug 1970

History

V-28, "Les Manchots" stunt team, to the Royal Army Museum, Brussels, on loan to the Stampe Vertongen Museum, Deurne.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-29/OO-GWB painted as it looked in the early fiffties seen at Koskijde airbase on June 30th, 2006.

C/N

1171

V-29

Date In

Jun 1951

Date Out

Mar 1971

History

V-29, stored at Koksijde, OO-GWR, OO-GWB

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-30 in formation flight.

C/N

1172

V-30

Date In

May 1951

Date Out

Mar 1971

History

V-30, stored at Koksijde, OO-MON

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-31 at Goestenhoven airbase in the mid-fifties.

C/N

1173

V-31

Date In

May 1951

Date Out

Sep 1957

History

V-31, crashed at Goestenhoven on 27 May 1957, remains to SV-4 restoration specialist G. Titeca.

 Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-32 at Zeebrugge harbor having been brought back on land after ditching in the North Sea during aerobatics on September 19th, 1951. The aircraft is still wearing the all over silver finish with a yellow trainer fuselage band. The machine was a write off.

C/N

1174

V-32

Date In

Jun 1951

Date Out

Sep 1951

History

V-32, crashed into the North Sea off Zeebrugge on 19 Sep 1951

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-33 in early silver finish seen at Goetsenhoven airbase in the early fifties.

C/N

1175

V-33

Date In

Apr 1952

Date Out

May 1976

History

V-33, stored at Koksijde, MCVZ, display object for PR duties, Evere, storage Royal Army Museum Brussels, display main entrance airport Zaventem, Royal Army Museum.

Silver doped Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-34 in a hangar at Beauvechain airbase.

C/N

1176

V-34

Date In

Jul 1952

Date Out

May 1959

History

V-34, crashed upon landing at Beauvechain on 18 Apr 1959.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-35 was written off in a crash at Goetsenhoven airbase on 16 February 1959 due to technical problems.

C/N

1177

V-35

Date In

Jul 1952

Date Out

May 1959

History

V-35, crashed at Goetsenhoven on 16 Feb 1959 due to engine problems.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-36.

C/N

1178

V-36

Date In

Aug 1952

Date Out

Mar 1971

History

V-36, stored at Koksijde, SLN-02 (Canadian Armed Forces Flying Club).

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-37 after a crash landing at Goetsenhoven on 24 July 1953 in which the aircraft was written off.

C/N

1179

V-37

Date In

Aug 1952

Date Out

Sep 1953

History

V-37, crashed at Goetsenhoven on 24 July 1953.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-38 at Goetsenhoven airbase.

C/N

1180

V-38

Date In

Oct 1952

Date Out

Mar 1971

History

V-38, stored at Koksijde, SLN-04 (Canadian Armed Forces Flying Club), C-GOCK.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-39 in a line up at Goetsenhoven airbase in the sixties.

C/N

1181

V-39

Date In

Oct 1952

Date Out

Jun 1969

History

V-39, crashed at Overhespen in a reversed spin on 14 Oct 1968.

Student-pilot Jules Jacob posing in front of Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-40 at Goetsenhoven airbase.

C/N

1182

V-40

Date In

Oct 1952

Date Out

Dec 1967

History

V-40, crashed at Bardonecchia (Italy) on 29 Aug 1967.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-41 in the static display of the Koksijde Airshow on 10 July 1966.

C/N

1183

V-41

Date In

Oct 1952

Date Out

Mar 1971

History

V-41, stored at Koksijde, OO-LUK

A student-pilot posing in front of Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-42 at Goetsenhoven airbase.

C/N

1184

V-42

Date In

Nov 1952

Date Out

May 1960

History

V-42, crashed at Wevelgem on 26 May 1960. Repaired by civilians; OO-WIL, OO-JVD, OO-WIL

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-43 ready for a glider towing mission from Oostmalle/Zoersel airbase in the early seventies.

C/N

1185

V-43

Date In

Nov 1952

Date Out

Oct 1976

History

V-43, MCVZ-CMVV, Stored at Koksijde, OO-SVB, PH-ZLS, N80243, OO-SVB

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-44 in a line-up in the fifties.

C/N

1186

V-44

Date In

Dec 1952

Date Out

Jul 1959

History

V-44, crashed at Zwartberg on 7 July 1959.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-45 at Evere in the fifties.

C/N

1187

V-45

Date In

Nov 1952

Date Out

Jul 1968

History

V-45, crashed at Oostmalle during take-off on 20 Apr 1968.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-46 during an airshow in September 1966.

C/N

1188

V-46

Date In

Nov 1953

Date Out

1971

History

V-46, MCVZ-CMVV, Crashed at Oostmalle on 3 Aug 1971, wreck to Royal Army Museum in 1974.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-47 seconds before landing at Goetsenhoven airbase in the mid-fifties.

C/N

1189

V-47

Date In

Oct 1953

Date Out

May 1958

History

V-47, SOC May 1958, OO-MCI, destroyed in hangar fire at Temploux in Jan 1993.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-48 after a ground collision with Army Piper L18C Super Cub OL-L50 at Goetsenhoven airbase on 27 February 1958. Curiously this Stampe was withdrawn from use after this Cat. 2 incident. It has a second life as OO-PAM.

C/N

1190

V-48

Date In

Nov 193

Date Out

Mar 1958

History

V-48, OO-PAM

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-49 in the static display of the Koksijde airshow on 27 August 1968.

C/N

1191

V-49

Date In

Jan 1954

Date Out

Nov 1978

History

V-49, MCVZ, storage Koksijde, OO-SVA "V-49"

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-50 nosed over at Goetsenhoven during an engine test on 15 July 1954.

C/N

1192

V-50

Date In

Jan 1954

Date Out

Sep 1957

History

V-50, instructional airframe at SITO 4, Antwerpen, scrapped.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-51 at Goetsenhoven during a public event.

C/N

1193

V-51

Date In

Nov 1953

Date Out

Sep 1965

History

V-51, crashed at Bauffe/Chièvres on 15 May 1965, spare parts resource for G-BRMC (ex V-18).

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-52 during its glider towing days which explains the presence of a towing hook under the tail

C/N

1194

V-52

Date In

Nov 1953

Date Out

Dec 1978

History

V-52, MCVZ-CMVV, last military Stampe flight on March 30th 1978, Stored at Koksijde, crashed in Aug 1980, restored in OO-ATD colour scheme, F-AZEX, OO-GWC, OO-BPL

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-53 being refuelled at Goetsenhoven airbase in September 1955.

C/N

1195

V-53

Date In

Jan 1954

Date Out

Apr 1960

History

V-53, damaged at Cambrai-Epinoy (F.) on 26 Apr 1960 and not repaired, sold as N180SV, N25SV

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-54 in formation flight with V-49.

C/N

1196

V-54

Date In

Jan 1954

Date Out

Sep 1957

History

V-54, to OO-KRL, crashed at Diest, wreck in storage.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-55 being prepared for a flight at Goetsenhoven airbase.

C/N

1197

V-55

Date In

Jan 1954

Date Out

Mar 1958

History

V-55, OO-RLC, PH-BOZ, OO-LEL, stored at Paal, being restored.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-56 at Goetsenhoven airbase.

C/N

1198

V-56

Date In

Jan 1954

Date Out

Sep 1957

History

Sep 1957 V-56, crashlanding at Goetsenhoven on 23 May 1957, to Royal Army Museum.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-57 in flight.

C/N

1199

V-57

Date In

Jan 1954

Date Out

Oct 1957

History

V-57, accident at Neerheylissem on 17 May 1956, BAF expo aircraft, to Royal Army Museum, on display in fake OO-ATD "Divoy & Donnet" c/s.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-58 ready for flight.

C/N

1200

V-58

Date In

May 1955

Date Out

Jan 1958

History

V-58, Accident at Autgaarden on 25 June 1956, restored for civilian use, OO-SVV, G-DANN, OO-SVV, D-EBVV

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-59 in the static display of the Melsbroek airshow on 27 June 1964.

C/N

1201

V-59

Date In

Jun 1955

Date Out

Sep 1965

History

V-59, crashed at Hakendover on 24 May 1965.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-60 after it overturned on landing at Goetsenhoven on 17 September 1957. The aircraft was not repaired.

C/N

1202

V-60

Date In

Jun 1955

Date Out

Sep 1957

History

V-60, crashed at Goetesenhoven on 9 Sep 1957, restored for civilian use, OO-SVC, PH-OPA

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-61 in the static display of the Koksijde airshow on August 10th, 1969 (to be confirmed).

C/N

1203

V-61

Date In

Jun 1955

Date Out

Mar 1971

History

V-61, stored at Koksijde, G-AZSA

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-62 on display at the Koksijde airshow on 22 August 1964.

C/N

1204

V-62

Date In

Jun 1955

Date Out

Oct 1976

History

V-62, MCVZ, Royal Army Museum, to Danmark as OY-DBC.

Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-63 after an accident at Brustem airbase on 14 February 1957.

C/N

1205

V-63

Date In

Jun 1955

Date Out

May 1959

History

V-63, aircraft written off after losing its prop at Goetsenhoven on 20 Mar 1959

Pilot Leo Lambermont ready to execute one of his superb displays in Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-64 sporting the "Les Manchots" color scheme.

C/N

1206

V-64

Date In

Jun 1955

Date Out

Aug 1970

History

V-64, "Les Manchots" team, preserved at the Royal Army Museum, Brussels, on loan to the Beauvechain Historical centre, Beauvechain.

 Stampe Vertongen SV-4B V-65 on display at an exhibition at Charleroi on 16 June 1956.

C/N

1207

V-65

Date In

Jun 1955

Date Out

Apr 1963

History

V-65, "Les Manchots" team, accident at Goetsenhoven on 21 Feb 1963, spare parts resource to restore V-40.

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