BELGIAN AIR FORCE BEGINS TO RETIRE ITS HERCULES

The BAF C-130 fleet will be gradually replaced by the Airbus A-400M.

Belgian Air Force retire C-130 Hercules
Belgian Air Force begins to retire its Hercules

Belgian Air Force retired his first C-130 Hercules on Dec. 27, 2017. This aircraft, registerd as CH-08 was in service since 1973 and has flown 22.219 flight hours. It was assigned to the 15th Wing Air Transport witch is located at the Melsbroek airbase, a part of Brussels Airport.

The Belgian Air Force bought 12 C-130H Hercules transport aircraft in 1970 to replace the Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar. The first Hercules was delivered in mid 1972 and was assigned to 20 Smaldeel from 15 Wing at Melsbroek. The BAF lost two C-130s due to accidents, so it acquired an additional Hercules.

Initially, all the Belgian Hercules had received the Lizard camouflage color scheme that was replaced by a grey color during the mid-life update program.

As of 2020, the C-130 fleet will be gradually replaced by Airbus A-400M aircraft. Belgium has bought 7 Atlas and the deliveries are scheduled from 2019-2020. Currently 10 C-130s are still in service.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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