Douglas DC.7 C   OO-SFD  (c/n 45160) & Douglas DC-3

Melsbroek tarmac in 1958

(Coll Willy Henderickx)

Boeing B707-329   OO-SJE   (c/n 17627)

Dramatic picture during the crash landing at Tenerife Airport on February 15, 1978. 
(Scroll down to see a picture after the crash)

 (Coll Willy Henderickx)

Westland IV Wessex GW  OO-AGC   (c/n WA1897)

At Evere Airfield in 1930. After his Belgian carreer
the plane was sold to Cobham Air Routes in March 1935.

 (Coll SBAP)

Douglas DC-6   OO-AWA   (c/n 43062)

On the Melsbroek (Brussels) tarmac in 1950, during handling rotation
 

 (Coll SBAP)

Boeing B737-229C     OO-SDR     (c/n 21738)

During configuration change from cargo to passenger in 1987.
Note the old colours on the B-737 and the new on the B-747

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Mc Donnell Douglas DC-10-30   OO-SLA   (c/n 47906)

During inspection at Sabena technics in 1980

 (Serge Van Heertum)
 

Douglas DC-4 - 1009   OO-CBH   (c/n 43095)

In flight late 1940's. Later the plane was sold to Air Congo (later Air Zaîre)
 and crashed at Gemena airport on March 7th, 1974

 (Coll Jean-Paul Vingerhoed)

Sikorsky S-55  OO-SHA (c/n 55-458)

Without any Sabena markings in 1953

 (Coll SBAP)
 

Rumpler C.IV  O-BREF (c/n ???)  &  Breguet XIX A2 O-BLOC  (c/n 7110) 

Sneta Haren airfield mid 1920's
 (Coll SBAP)

Convair CV-240-12    OO-AWS   (c/n 156) 

On Melsbroek (Brussels) airport around 1955.
 (Coll SBAP)

Douglas DC.7 C   OO-SFA   (c/n 45157)

Delivered on 23/11/1956 to Sabena, the plane crashed on 18/05/1958

at Casablanca killing 56 passengers and the 9 crew members

 (Coll SBAP)

Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle   OO-SRG   (c/n 70)

Delivered to Sabena on 13/07/1961. The plane was sold to Aerospatial in September 1973 and finish his carreer in India in Octobr 1976.

 (Coll SBAP)

Farman F-60 Goliath      O-BLEU     (c/n 6837)

Registered to SNETA in May 1921, the plane was lost on September 27, 1921, during a hangar fire at Evere airfield

 (Coll SBAP)
 

Schleicher Ka.2b Rhönschwalbe      OO-SZD           (c/n 196)

Owned by Sabena in 1956, the glider crashed in August 1957, was repaired and went back to the "Centre National de Vol à Voile" at Temploux airfield. After this period, the glider became property of several private owners.
Picture : landing at Cerfontaine airfield in May 2010.

 (Che Tanguy)

Boeing B707-373C   OO-SBU   (c/n 19442)

Sobelair aircraft, wearing the Sabena company name, leaving Melsbroek tarmac with King Baudouin I and Queen Fabiola for their official visit to Thailand, New Zeeland and Australia in November 1987

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Boeing B737-229     C-GNDX     (c/n 20911)

Sabena owned aircraft (OO-SDE), leased to Nordair Canada between 1985 and 1987 with a few returns back to Belgium during this period

 (Coll. SBAP)
 

Boeing B747-128     F-BPVJ     (c/n : 20541)

Air France "Jumbo" leased by Sabena between June and August 1992
 (Serge Van Heertum)

Boeing B737-229C     OO-SDP     (c/n 21739)

Without paint during a great inspection at Brussels National airport in 1991

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Junkers JU-52/3m     OO-AUF      (c/n 5852)

Delivered to Sabena in January 1938,
the plane crashed on April 3dr, 1944 on the road Lisbon-Entebbe

 (Coll SBAP)

Piper L-4J-P1 "Cub"    O-EAE   (c/n 12680)

In Sabena hangar in the early 1950's
Became OO-AGO in 1954 and crashed in 1963

 (Coll SBAP)

MDD-Kawasaki BK-117A-3    OO-XCY     (c/n 7056)

In 1989 Sabena sponsored Héli-Samu association, therefore the helicopter wears the logo and some markings of the Belgian National company

(Serge Van Heertum)

Boeing B-707-321B      9Q-CBL    (c/n 19266/531)

Owned by Scibe Zaïre, the plane was used by Sobelair in 1989 as compensation for the technical works done by Sabena that the owner was not able to pay
(Serge Van Heertum)

Boeing B737-229 adv     OO-SBS     (c/n 21839)

Sobelair owned and still wearing some tail markings of the leasing to America West Airlines in 1986

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Airbus A320-231        EI-TLI        (c/n 405)
Owned by Transaer International Airlines and
leased to Sobelair in July 2000
 (Serge Van Heertum)

Sabca  Handley-Page HP-18 W8e    O-BAHL   (c/n 3)

Operated by Sabena in the eraly 1920's.
The plane became the OO-AHL in 1929.

 (Coll SBAP)

Bell 47 D-1    OO-UBA   (c/n 179)

With Brussels building in background in the early 1950's

The helicopter became OO-SXH in 1953

 (Coll SBAP)

De Havilland DH-9 C    O-BATA   (c/n RAF H8370)

Used by Sabena between 1921 and 1927 and then returned to the U.K. as G-EBUM

 (Coll SBAP)

Sud Aviation SE-3130 Alouette II    OO-SHV    (c/n 1099-19) 

Taking off from the Brussels heliport  "Allée Verte" in 1962.

 (Jean-Paul Vingerhoed)

Sikorsky S-55  OO-SHA (c/n 55-458)

On Melsbroek tarmac in the mid 1950's

 (Coll SBAP)
 

Sabca Fokker F.VIIb-3M     OO-AIQ     (c/n unknown)

Used by Sabena between 1930 and 1938 and then sold to
the Belgian Military Aviation where he was registered F5

 (Coll SBAP)

Boeing B747-129   OO-SGB   (c/n : 20402)

Photographed in the aerly 1970's, the plane wear the first colour scheme
 applied on the "Jumbo Jet" fleet.
Picture replaced by a better shoot as the previous one !

 (Coll SBAP)

Boeing B747-329/SCD     OO-SGC     (c/n : 20439)

Take off from Brussels National Airport for his last commercial flight
before retirement (Brussels - Cincinnati) on October 28, 1999

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Westland IV Wessex GW  OO-AGD   (c/n WA1898)

At Evere Airfield in the early 1930's, the plane was destroyed in a hangar fire in December 1934, after the crash of a Belgian Military Aviation Fairey Fox.

 (Coll SBAP)

Westland S.51 Mk.1B Widgeon    OO-CWA   (c/n WA/H/29)

Bought from Westland by the General Government of Belgian Congo; the helicopter was operated by Sabena in the colony between 1951 and 1955.

 (Coll SBAP)

Boeing B737-529     OO-SYJ     (c/n 26537)

During landing in 1998; note the 75 years logo of the Belgian company

(Serge Van Heertum)

Mc Donnell Douglas MD-11   OO-CTS   (c/n 48756)

On Brussels National apron in 1998 - Aircraft leased from Citybird

(Serge Van Heertum)

Douglas DC-6 B   OO-CTM   (c/n 44175)

On taxi at Ostend Airport in 1961

 (Jean-Paul Vingerhoed)

Bristol 170 Mk32 Freighter  G-APAU  (c/n 13256)

Spotted at Ostend Airport in 1961

(Jean-Paul Vingerhoed)

Ansaldo A-300C   O-BAHF   (c/n 6003)

Operated by SNETA (later Sabena) between June 1921 and November  1925

 (Coll SBAP)

Sabca De Havilland DH-50 A    O-BAHW   (c/n 2)

Operated by Sabena in Congo on the Leopoldville-Stanleyville route in 1925

 (Coll SBAP)

Boeing B737-229     OO-SBT     (c/n 21840)

Sobelair owned and leased to Air Belgium between April and September 1985

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Airbus A310-222   OO-SCB   (c/n 313)

Leased to Somali Airlines between October 1988 and March 1989

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Piper PA-32 Saratoga 301R HP   N4148R   (c/n 32-46129)

Based at Scottsdale airfield (Arizona) and used by Sabena Airlines Training Center for the formation of the Belgian National Company pilots in 1999.

 (Pascal Massechlein)

Piper PA-34 Seneca V 220T     N4162K    (c/n 34-49097)

Also based at Scottsdale airfield (Arizona) under the colours of
Sabena Airlines Training Center  in 1999.

 (Pascal Massechlein)

De Havilland DG.82A "Tiger Moth"   OO-SOG   (c/n 86411)

In the colours of the Sabena Flying School in 1953. The plane crashed in March 1954 and was replaced by another DH.82A (c/n 83097) also registred OO-SOG

 (Guy Liesse)

Boeing B707-329C   OO-SJJ   (c/n 19162)

On taxi at Brussels National Airport begining of the year 1980's before his transfert to Katale Aero Transport as 9Q-CVG.

 (Coll SBAP)

Convair CV-240-12    OO-AWO   (c/n 128) 

During loading on the tarmac of Melsbroek (Brussels) airport in 1950.
The plane crashed at Zürich airport on December 19th, 1953.
 

 (Coll SBAP)

Sud Aviation SE-3130 Alouette II    OO-SHV    (c/n 1099-19) 

This helicopter was bought in 1957 and operated in Congo as OO-CWH. In June 1959 the helicopter was back in Belgium as OO-SHV. The Alouette left Sabena fleet in 1968.

 (Coll SBAP)

Boeing B727-29QC  OO-STB  (c/n 19402) 

Delivered to Sabena on June 6, 1967,

the plane was sold to the Belgian Air Force (reg CB01) on January 14, 1976

 (Coll SBAP)

De Havilland Canada DHC.8-311  OE-LEC    (c/n 313) 

Leased from Schreiner Airways and operating for Sabena (Tyrolean colours and Sabena titles) from April 9, 1996 till end of the year

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Boeing B737-529  OO-SYK  (c/n 26538) 

Plane is not drunk... but is equipped with a nose of a Virgin B-737 due to lack of spares at Sabena and through a technical agreement between both Brussels based companies

 (Serge Van Heertum)

BAC 111-510ED  G-AVMI  (c/n 137)

Leased from European Air Charter (UK) by Delta Air Transport, the plane was flying for Sabena between March 1995 and June 1996.

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Douglas DC-6   OO-AWA   (c/n 43062)

On the tarmac in 1949, the registration became OO-SDA in 1951

 (Coll SBAP)

Airbus A340-211   OO-SCW   (c/n : 014)

Touch and go at Charleroi-Gosselies during a training flight in 1996

 (Coll Guy Liesse)

Auster J/1 "Autocrat"   OO-ABN   (c/n 2047)

Delivered to Sabena aeroclub in April 1948, the plane flown till August 1970.

Plane was than transfered to the Brussels Air Museum

 (Coll SBAP)

Savoia Marchetti SM-83   OO-AUJ   (c/n 34023)

Delivered in may 1940 at Marignanne, the plane was rapidely used by the French governement of Vichy. Was transfered to the Italian authorities few month's later

 (Coll SBAP)

Mc Donnell Douglas DC-10-30CF   OO-SLC   (c/n 47908)

Nose gear collapse incident at Bujumbura airport 1988

 (Coll SBAP)

Airbus A310-222   OO-SCB   (c/n 313)

Arrival at gate early the morning in 1995

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Farman F-60 Goliath    O-BLON   (c/n ???)

In service for SNETA between 1922 and 1925

 (Coll SBAP)

Douglas C-47A-30-DK "Dakota"   OO-AWZ   (c/n 13847)

Aerial view during the handling rotation in mid sixties

 (Coll SBAP)

Fokker 27 Friendship    OO-SBP     (c/n 10340)

Owned by BIAS and operated by Sabena between 25-04-1968 till 30-04-1973

 (Pierre Taquet)

Boeing B737-229C     OO-SDj     (c/n 20915)

The only one from the boeing fleet who weared the white and blue colours

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Boeing B707-329   OO-SJB   (c/n 17624)

On brussels National apron in 1960. The plane crashed in Berg, not far away of Brussels Airport on february 15th, 1961 killing 61 passengers,

11 crew members and 2 civilian people.

 (Coll SBAP)

Boeing B737-229C     OO-SDR     (c/n 21738)

Ready for cargo flight to London-Stansted a wet night of 1989

 (Serge Van Heertum)

 

De Havilland DH.104 Dove 1    OO-CFC   (c/n 04054)

Bought by Sabena in april 1950, the plane was sold to "Force Publique du Congo"

in june 1950 (imatriculation D-12)

 (Coll SBAP)

De Havilland DH.114 Heron 1B    OO-BIA   (c/n 14043)

Owned by BIAS, operating for Sabena between august 1967 and august 1968

 

 (Coll SBAP)

Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle   OO-SRA   (c/n 64)

During night transport to the Brussels Air Museum.

Towed by an UNIMOG vehicle true the streets of the city on october 5th, 1977

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Boeing B707-329   OO-SJE   (c/n 17627)

Crash at Teneriffe Airport on february 15th, 1978. The plane took fire after

nose gear collapse. No casualties, all passengers and crew members escape safely

 (Coll SBAP)

Douglas DC-6 B   OO-CTM   (c/n 44175)

During handling rotation at Zürich Airport begin of the 60's

 

 (Coll SBAP)

Boeing B737-229C  OO-SDJ  (c/n 20915)

Wearing the last Sabena colours...

Emergency landing and escape of the passengers via the slights (2000)

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Boeing B727-29QC  OO-STE  (c/n 19987) 

On the brussels National tarmac mid 70's before leasing to Yemen Airways

 (Coll SBAP)

Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander   OO-AST    (c/n 008) 

Owned by Publiair, operating for Sabena between october 1971 and may 1975

 (Coll SBAP)

Aerospatial-Alenia ATR72-211   PH-SCY   (c/n : 147)

Leased to Schreiner Airways in septmber 1999 but flying for Sabena.

 

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Airbus A319-1121   OO-SSD   (c/n : 1102)

Delivered to Sabena on 22/10/199. Sold to Permeke Aircraft Leasing Ltd on 22/10/1999 but directly leased to Sabena...The begin of bankrupcy...

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Douglas DC.7 C   OO-SFD   (c/n 45160)

Delivered on 11/01/1957 to Sabena, the plane crashed on 04/03/1962

at Douala under the colors of Caledonian Airways who leased this plane

 (Coll SBAP)

Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle   OO-SRA   (c/n 64)

Delivered to Sabena on 20/01/1961. Withdrawn from use on 08/08/1974

The plane was transfered to the Brussels Air Museum on 05/10/1977

 (Coll SBAP)

Cessna 310    OO-SEI    (c/n 35636)

Used for training of the Sabena pilots between 1957 and 1981

 

 (Guy Liesse)

Airbus A340-211   OO-SCW   (c/n : 014)

Just after the accident the 29 of august 1998. SN542 back from New York broked his landing gear at arrival in Brussels (look at the slip traces)

 (Coll SBAP)

Vertol V-44    N74057

Leased from Boeing Company for the universal exposition of Brussels

between april and october 1958

 (Coll SBAP)

Rumpler C.IV     O-BRUN

Flown by SNETA between march and june 1920.

Note the original german camouflage

 (Coll SBAP)

Boeing B737-329  OO-SYA  (c/n 24355) & OO-SYF  (c/n 25248)

Wearing the "Marsupimami" to comemorate 100 years of Belgian cartoons.

Both airplane on Brussels National tarmac in 1996.

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Airbus A340-211   OO-SCW   (c/n : 014)

Under the giant in 1996

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Saab S91B "Safir"   OO-SOL   c/n 91239

Bought in 1953 for the pilots formation,

the plane crashed in 1957 near the city of Humbeek

 (Coll SBAP)

Junkers F-13   O-BACA   c/n 4

Bought in 1924,  it was used for the transport of pigeons.

The plane was dismantled in 1925

 (Coll SBAP)

Airbus A340-211   F-GNIC   (c/n : 022)

New aircraft bought by Sabena, he wears the french registration and become later OO-SCX (1993)

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Boeing B747-129   OO-SGA   (c/n : 20401)

In november 1994 the first B747 from Sabena was sold for the metal.

Very sad end of carreer.

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Lockheed L-1049H "Super Constellation"   N1007C   (c/n 4805)

Leased from Seaboard & Western Airlines between may en october 1958

to reinforce the Sabena fleet during the universal exposition of Brussels

 (Coll SBAP)

Sikorsky S-62A   N976   (c/n 62-007)

Leased from United Aircraft between may 1960 and february 1961

This helicopter flown for Sabena as evaluation aircraft.

 (Coll SBAP)

Boeing B707-329   OO-SJO   (c/n 20200)

Boarding at Brussels National, destination JFK in 1970

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Airbus A321-211   OO-SUC   (c/n : 1012)

In the paint shop for the new colors in the year 2000. It was the only aircraft wearing this kind of color scheme before the bankroute of the company.

 (Serge Van Heertum)

British Aerospace Bae3102 Jetstream  OO-EDA   (c/n 838)

Leasing to Euro Direct, flying for Sabena between 09/01/1996 and 13/09/1996

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Mc Donnell Douglas DC-10-30CF   OO-SLD   (c/n 47835)

Converted in freighter by Sabena Technics and leased to Fedex in february 1992

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Avro RJ85  OO-DWD  (c/n E3324)

Taken the day of delivery the 09 march 1998 in 75 anniversary livery

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Douglas C-47A-25-DK "Dakota"   OO-SBC   (c/n 13457)

Leased to Linair (Lybia) in april 1965 with Sabena crew

 (Guy Liesse)

Boeing B737-229  OO-SDO  (c/n 21177)  Aug 1993

Wearing the white livery following the comercial agreement with Air France

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Mc Donnell Douglas DC-10-30   OO-SLG   (c/n 47926)

Wearing the logo for the promotion of the 101 dalmatians movie in 1997

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Beechcraft B.99 "Airliner"  OO-WAY  (c/n U-21)

Operated by Publi Air for Sabena between august 1976 and november 1986

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Mc Donnell Douglas DC-10-30   OO-SLA   (c/n 47906)

Leased to Zambia Airways between november 1989 and january 1990

 (Serge Van Heertum)

Bristol 170 Mk32 Freighter  G-AOUV c/n 13258

Leased by Sabena between june 1957 and december 1958.

 (Coll SBAP)

Sikorsky S-55  OO-SHB (c/n 55-532)

Take off at Melsbroek. Used between august 1953 and october 1956

 (Coll SBAP)

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