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OO-SJM

 

Boeing 707-329C (20198/813)

 

Date
Registration
Company
History
12/05/69 - Boeing Rolled out at Renton
30/05/69 OO-SJM Sabena Registered with Belgian CoA 1909
13/06/69 - - Made its first flight from Renton
20/06/69 - - Handed over at Seattle
21/06/69 - - Ferried to Brussels
01/04/74 - - Inaugurated Brussels-Dakar-Abu Buenos Aires-Montevideo-Santiago de Chile pax service
11/02/76 - - Canx from Belgian register
12/02/76 PH-TVK Transavia Holland Leased, reregistered and ferried to Amsterdam
28/02/76 - - First revenue flight: Amsterdam-Cotonou
02/05/77 - - Canx from Dutch register
02/05/77 OO-SJM Sabena Returned and reregistered with Belgian CoA 1909
00/07/79 - Air Zaire Leased
20/11/79 - Sabena Returned
20/11/79 - Sobelair Transferred. "Sobelair" titles applied
24/02/80 - Cameroon Airlines Leased and ferried Brussels - Paris (Orly) same day
00/09/80 - Sobelair Returned
17/03/82 - - Noted at Basle with small "Sabena" titles on port side only
00/04/83 - - Noted at Brussels with small "Sabena" titles on port side only
00/06/84 - - Noted at Brussels with black "Sobelair" titles
00/12/84 - - Frequently used by Sabena to perform cargo flights to Montreal and Chicago till June 1985
20/06/85 - Sabena Officially leased for a Royal visit
29/06/85 - - New blue style "Sabena" titles painted for Royal visit to Zaire (25 year  anniversary of independence), flew for Sobelair. TAT 45050 hrs
00/07/85 - Sobelair Returned but kept the new style blue "Sabena" titles
14/04/86 - - Made its last revenue flight Pisa-Brussels. Placed in storage at Brussels
00/06/86 - Boeing Military  Airplane Company Purchased for E3A TCA (Trainer Cargo Aircraft)
26/06/86 - - Ferried to Istanbul for modifications
00/07/87 - - Ferried to Oberpfaffenhofen (Hamburg) for additional modifications
00/07/87 LX-N20198 NATO Registered
27/01/88 - - Canx from Belgian register
00/12/88 - - Handed over to NATO
23/03/00 - - Ferried Geilenkirchen-Naples Capodichino and subsequently broken up

Following sources are greatly acknowledged.

Individual Aircraft History of the Boeing 707 (Buchair USA)
The Boeing 707-720 and C-135 (Air-Britain Publication)
Airliners in Belgium - BCARG special 1 Boeing 707 Intercontinental (Aviation Society of Antwerp vzw)
Belgian Civil Aircraft since 1920 (MCP)
Airplane (Aerospace Publishing)
Jet Airliner Production List (TAHS)
JP Airline Fleets (Buchair)
Magazines: Aviation Letter, Scramble, Luftfahrt Journal, Jetstream, Carnets de Vol, Onze/Notre Sabena
Various text and photo material to be found on the internet like the B707 database maintained by Servaas Verbrugge.

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