Pictures : As mentionned © sbap 2015
   
The 20th Century...
   
Begin to 1940
   
Military aviation manoeuvers in 1913 in Charlerois-Gosselies area
(Coll Charles Mali)
The Fernand Jacquet school in 1920
(Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)
Fairey Firefly IIM ready to be delivered mid 30's
(Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)
Fairey Fox at Gosselies also in the 1930's
(Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)
   

Tipsy B  OO-DUS in 1938 owned by Oscar Tips
(Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)

Crash landing foer this Avro 504N in 1938
(Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)
1941 - 1950
   
Tipsy Junior (OO-TIT), Tipsy Belfair (OO-TIA) and Tipsy Primer (OO-POM)
at Fairey in the summer of 1947 (Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)
   
Supermarine Spitfire's at assembly line in 1948
(Coll Pierre Taquet)
Other view of the Spitfire's line with at right side Mr O. Tips
(Coll Pierre Taquet)
   
Wings assembly (Coll Pierre Taquet) Canopies preparation (Coll Pierre Taquet)
   
1951 - 1960
   
The royal visit of King Baudouin I at Sonaca on May 22nd, 1951
(Coll Pierre Taquet)
(Coll Pierre Taquet)
   
(Coll Pierre Taquet) (Coll Pierre Taquet)
   
(Coll Pierre Taquet) (Coll Pierre Taquet)
   
(Coll Pierre Taquet) (Coll Pierre Taquet)
   
Gosselies in 1952 with the new Gloster Meteor assembly line (on the right) (Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)
   
Gloster meteor assembly line (Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP) Some aircraft ready in from of the building (Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)
   
Some pictures of Gosselies airshow on May 18th, 1952 (Coll Pierre Taquet) (Coll Pierre Taquet)
   
(Coll Pierre Taquet) (Coll Pierre Taquet)
   
(Coll Pierre Taquet) (Coll Pierre Taquet)
   
(Coll Pierre Taquet) (Coll Pierre Taquet)
   
Mr Giovanni Dieu,  Test pilot and former Belgian pilot in the RAF (Coll Pierre Taquet)
   
Gloster Meteor T.7A ED28 (Fighter school)
Previous Meteor F.4 EF30 rebuilt in T.7 model and delivered in 1954.
Photographed at Fairey company in Gosselies.
(Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)
Sikorsky S-55 OO-SHA (c/n 55-458)
At Gosselies, visiting SONACA in 1954.
(Coll Pierre Taquet)
   
   
de Havilland DH-89A “Dragon Rapide” G-AHJS (May 12th, 1956)
(Coll Pierre Taquet)
See our archivalia page about this crash landing (click on picture)
(Coll Pierre Taquet)
   
The Fairey Company OO-AFG in use after the G-AHJS (1955)
(Coll Pierre Taquet)
Gloster Meteor T.7 (ED28)
Landing gear problems on January 29th, 1957
(Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)
   
Hawker Hunter F6 IF127 (8 Sqn / 7 Wing) & IF108 (7 Sqn / 7 Wing)
Aligned in front of Fairey building at Gosselies in the 1958
 (Pic Jean Deval / Coll Jean-Luc Deval)
Hawker Hunter F6 IF74 & IF18 (8 Sqn / 7 Wing)
Aligned in front of Fairey building at Gosselies in 1958
 (Pic Jean Deval / Coll Jean-Luc Deval)
   
Percival P.66 Pembroke C.51 OT-ZAH / RM8 (21 Sqn)
overall in the late 1950's at Fairey Gosselies.
 (Pic Jean Deval / Coll Jean-Luc Deval)
Hawker Hunter F6 IF144 (7 Wing)
Aircraft of the Red Devils in maintenance at Fairey gosselies in 1960
 (Pic Jean Deval / Coll Jean-Luc Deval)
   
Hawker Hunter on test in 1960
(Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak in maintenance 1960
(Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)
   
The Tipsy Nipper building with OO-MIL & OO-PLG in 1960
(Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)
   
1961 - 1970
   
Official presentation of the first F-104G assembled in Belgium.
The plane wear the code FX-1 but was in fact a German Starfighter
forseen for JaBoG 31 of Nörvenich and delivered on May 16th, 1962 as DA+105
(Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)
   
Lockheed F-104G  (German Air Force)
The first 15 Luftwaffe aircraft arrived by train to be transferred to Gosselies; according the inscription on the railway wagon, the picture was probably taken during the first half of 1962.
(Coll Pierre Taquet)
Arrival at Charleroi train station for transfer to Fairey for final assembly.
(Coll Pierre Taquet)
   
At the assembly line.
(Coll Pierre Taquet)
The Starfighter shop in 1962
(Coll Serge Van Heertum - Pic Fairey)
   
The F-104G assembly line, a cooperation between Fairey and Sabca
(Coll Serge Van Heertum - Pic Fairey)
Landig gear of the brand new fighter
(Coll Serge Van Heertum - Pic Fairey)
   

The final assembly hangar
(Coll Serge Van Heertum - Pic Fairey)

Work on the tail fin
(Coll Serge Van Heertum - Pic Fairey)
 
   
The serial 9051 (FX 23) run up test in 1963
(Coll Serge Van Heertum - Pic Fairey)
The assembly line in 1963
(Coll Serge Van Heertum - Pic Fairey)
   
Other view of the Starfighter assembly line
(Coll Serge Van Heertum - Pic Fairey)
Lockheed F-104G on the apron of Sabca Gosselies in 1963.
(Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)
   
Luftwaffe Starfighter in painting at SABCA facilities (Coll Serge Van Heertum) Towing of a Starfighter engine in 1964.(Coll SBAP / made by J.J. Evrard)
   
A sad day...Kapt Vli Pierre Tonet taking off for a test flight...
few minutes before the tragedy
(Coll SBAP / made by J.J. Evrard)
The FX66 crashed into a hangar on August 18th, 1964 killing the pilot
(Coll SBAP / made by J.J. Evrard)
   
F-104G , F-84F, Percival P.66 Pembroke and Hawker Hunter
All in one in the Fairey instalations in 1965.
 (Coll Jean-Luc Deval)
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak  (French Air Force)

At Fairey Gosselies for overhaul in 1965.
(Coll Jean-Luc Deval)

   
Armstrong Withworth Meteor NF.14  (French Air Force / CEV Bretigny)

At Fairey Gosselies for overhaul in 1965 (2-tone camouflage)
(Coll Jean-Luc Deval)

Republic F-84F Thunderstreak's in overhaul at Gosselies in 1968
(Coll Pierre Taquet)
   

Gloster Meteor TT.20     SE-DCF   (c/n AW5562)

Former Danish air force and transferred to the Swedish air force for target towing.

Seen here parked at Gosselies airfield in 1970.
(Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)

   
1971 - 1980
   
Gosselies airshow June 20th, 1976 (Serge Van Heertum) Blackburn Buccaneer from XV Squadron (Serge Van Heertum)
   
AMD Mirage V BA Solo Display (Serge Van Heertum) The "Dupe" at command (Serge Van Heertum)
   

Light Avi Dornier DO-27
D06, D11 & D12
(Serge Van Heertum)

(Serge Van Heertum)  
   
Stampe & Vertongen SV-4bis  OO-MON (Serge Van Heertum) Stampe & Vertongen SV-4bis  OO-PAX (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Arrival Red Devils from Brustem MT-5 (Serge Van Heertum) The MT-18 (Serge Van Heertum)
   
The MT-12 (Serge Van Heertum) De Havilland Canada DH-6 Twin Otter from Publi Air operated for Sabena
(Serge Van Heertum)
   
The top of the day, the Red Devils demonstration... (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) Piaggio P149D OO-HDA (c/n 151)
Former Luftwaffe aircraft, was first registered D-EHET. Became Belgian private aircraft in July 1975 and was based at Charleroi Gosselies.
(Serge Van Heertum)
   
   
3 view of the Boeing B737-229 (OO-SDH) crash on April 4th, 1978
This happened during a training flight with a Cameroun Airlines student
(Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)
   
   
Arrival from the US of the first F-16A fuselage in 1978.
(Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)
   
General Dynamic F-16B  FB01  Preparing to take off on January 26th 1979
(Edmond Van Heertum)
General Dynamic F-16B  FB01  Preparing to take off on January 26th 1979
(Coll Jean Dries)
   
General Dynamic F-16B leaving Gosselies for Beauvechain in 1979
(Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)
General Dynamics F-16A FA01 in 1979
(Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)
   
Douglas DC-3 from Danish Air Force in 1979
(Charles Mali)
The plane was bringing material for the Danish Air Force F-16's assembly line
(Charles Mali)
AMD Mirage VBA BA23 (1 Sqn)
(Serge Van Heertum)
Outdoor engine test at Gosselies in september 1979
(Serge Van Heertum)
   
Morane Saulnier MS 760 C Paris III F-BLKL (c/n 1001)
Operated by Sud Aviation, visiting Sonaca Gosselies in 1980 with a celebrity on
board of the aircraft world, Gero Madelung.
(Pierre Taquet)
   
1981 - 1990
   
First visit at Gosslies of the Concorde on April 04th, 1981.
(Serge Van Heertum)
Close up on the folded nose of the F-BVFF (c/n 215)
(Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Charles Mali) (Charles Mali)
Siai Marchetti SF.260 OO-SIA (c/n 121)
Siai Marchetti Company aircraft based at Gosselies in 1981.
(Serge Van Heertum)

General Dynamics F-16A FA33, Danish AF, FA35 and FA34 in 1981
(Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)

   
Piper PA-32R-301 Saratoga  OO-GMG  (c/n 32R-8013108)
Seen here at Charleroi with the Tefal sponsoring colours for the raid "Air Transat" in 1982.

(Coll Serge Van Heertum / SBAP)
   
European tour of the NASA sapce shuttle with a pass over Gosselies in June 1983
(Charle Mali)
Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II from Bentwaters-Woodbridge AF79-229
(Serge Van Heertum)
Two aircraft came to Gosselies for the 1984 airshow
(Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) And the second, the AF79-184
(Serge Van Heertum)
   
AMD Mirage V BR (1984)
(Serge Van Heertum)
The BR04 withe the 42 squadron 30 anniversary colours
(Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Lockheed L100-30 F-GFAR from Sfair cargo during the show of 1984.
(Serge Van Heertum)
Siai Marchetti SF.260M from team "Alpi Eagle" (1984)
(Serge Van Heertum)
   
Some test flight of the Jet Squalus in 1987 (Serge Van Heertum) New paint scheme in 1988 (Guy Liesse)
   
Airshow 1989 (Serge Van Heertum) BD-5 Micro Jet F-WZAV (Serge Van Heertum)
   
The Squalus mock up in Sabena colours
(Serge Van Heertum)
Lockheed C-130H  CH04  white painted for humanitary missions
(Serge Van Heertum)
   
A pair of Hunting Jet Provost T.3 from the RAF 1 FTS Squadron
(Serge Van Heertum)
The XN497 in company of AT29, "Louitje" Boom solo display
(Serge Van Heertum)
   
The "Frecce Tricolori" well present but ith the "shadow" of Ramstein tragedy.
(Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum)
   
Wet but ready for a demonstration (Serge Van Heertum)
   
1991 - 1999
   

The famous "vlages" incident when the sand bags landed in a brico center near the airfield on May 23rd, 1992
The car of our photographer was also damaged...(Jacques Vincent)
   
Sonaca fair May 24th, 1992: De Havillad DH-115 Vampire T.55 (Serge Van Heertum) Stampe & Vertongen SV-4c  OO-WIL (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Lokheed C-130H  CH05 solo display (Serge Van Heertum) Loud and clear... (Serge Van Heertum)
   
No more "vlages" demonstration this day... (Serge Van Heertum) Special 20 years colours (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Boeing PT-17 Stearman from the "Carnets de Vol" team
(Serge Van Heertum)
Embraer 120RT "Brasilia" from Sabena / Delta
(Serge Van Heertum)
   
Douglas AD-4NA Skyraider  OO-FOR  (Serge Van Heertum) SA 330E Puma HC.1 from 33 Squadron RAF Odiham   (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Morane Saulnier MS.733 Alcion F-BLYB  (Serge Van Heertum) Aéro 3  F-AZEB (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Airbus A310-222  OO-SCB from Sabena (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Wesland Lysander OO-SOT from the Sabena Old Timers (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) Soko J-20 Kraguj  F-AZFR  (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Lockheed Martin F-16A  FA55  solo display  (Serge Van Heertum) Cdt Vli Nathan De Permentier at command  (Serge Van Heertum)
   
North American AT-6D Harvard III  F-AZDU  (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Extra 260  D-EDXH from Catherine Monoury  (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Sonaca fair 1993: Alpha Jet B1  AT14  (Serge Van Heertum) Canadair CT-133 Silver Star  (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Siai Marchetti SF.260M  ST29
(Serge Van Heertum)
British Aerospace Hawk T.1  XX194  from 1 Tactical Weapons Unit
(including 79 sqn & 234 sqn)
(Serge Van Heertum)
   
Tornado IDS German Navy  46+21 from MFG2  (Serge Van Heertum) Buldog T.1  XX698 from 9 CTS (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Zlin Z-50LX  OK-XRC  from "Sky Box" team
(Serge Van Heertum)
Max Holste MH-1521 C1 Broussard F-GDPX and Cricri n°27 F-PZTU
(Serge Van Heertum)
   
Supermarine Spitfire Tr.Mk IXc  PV202  in 412 RCAF squadron markings
(Serge Van Heertum)
Morane Saulnier MS.733 Alcyon  OO-MCL
(Serge Van Heertum)
   
Focke Wulf Fw.44J Stieglitz OO-JKT  (Serge Van Heertum)
   
The Westland Lysander MkIII of the Sabena Old Times in 1995
(Carles Mali)
Heu...who have the priority?
(Carles Mali)
Mirage V Mirsip 718 ( BD04) (courtesy SABCA) Mirage V Mirsip 719 (BD14)  (courtesy SABCA)
   
   
To be continued or completed...
   

 

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