Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Philippe Verhasselt & via Johny De Visch - Translation: Marc Arys
İ sbap 2019
    
A Farewell to Arms is an American drama from 1957 based on the novell (1929) written by Ernest Hemingway. But this title is also the image we can have about some aircraft of the Belgian Air Force, which, after a beautiful and long career, are at the end of their "life" in various, and sometimes in a very sad ways.
It is true that the Belgian Air Force has entered a profound mutational phase, but the end of an aircraft has always a tragic involvement, especially for those who flew or worked on it, or those who have the conservation spirit of historical heritages (being that this spirit generally costs more than it yields).
So it is that C-130H CH-10 was dismantled and will end his life as an instructional airframe for the firefighters of Brussels Airport.
Whereas the Dassault Falcon 20E CM-02, which flew numerous of our governing people, was transported to the technical aeronautical school in Ostend - VLOC (Vlaams Opleidingscentrum voor de Luchtvaart) where it joined the Seaking RS-05.
Which just shows how sad and end can be... And it is not over yet !
    
 Lochkeed C-130H "Hercules"  CH-10 - c/n 382-4481 (ex 71-1806)
(via Johny De Vischİ)
 

The CH-10 last flight was held on  December 20th, 2018
(courtesy Kristof Moens 15th Wingİ via FB)


Start of the dismantling
(Philip Verhasseltİ)
Apparently the tail will be preserved
(Philip Verhasseltİ)

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(Philip Verhasseltİ) (Philip Verhasseltİ)
 Hercules has really lost his strength, the twelve works will no longer be for him
(Philip Verhasseltİ)
 
 
Avion Marcel Dassault Falcon 20E  CM-02 - c/n 278
(via Johny De Vischİ)
 
 Elegant and classy even after more than 45 years of loyal service
(courtesy Bart Roselle ComOpsAir IPRİ)
 The bird begins to lose feathers
(via Johny De Vischİ)
Vertical fin and stabilizers are dismantled
(via Johny De Vischİ)
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 Like a bird without wings
(via Johny De Vischİ)
Loading
(via Johny De Vischİ)
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 Ready to depart for the Vlaams Opleidingscentrum voor de Luchtvaart (VLOC) at Oostende airport, Belgium
(via Johny De Vischİ)
 

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