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Douglas C-47B-35-DK Skytrain  (33224)


Date: 09/03/1969

Location: TIP/HLLT

Photo: Ken Fielding

Description: this airframe of Sabena was delivered at Brussels on March 10 1953. A month later it was transferred to the Belgian Congo to conducts flights over there.under the umbrella of Air Katanga. It returned on May 5 1962 and went a month later to Linair to conducts flights within Libya. The contract with Linair was terminated in 1965, but BIAS took over from 1967 onwards. The aircraft did undergo no change in color scheme: the old (airframe finals) Sabena livery with Linair titles and Libyan flag.

Date: 09/1972

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: it returned to Brussels on August 10 1972 and remained stored for a while wearing the old (but final) basic colors of Sabena with "Linair" titles in Arabic script. 

Date: -

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: four airframes stored after been returned by Linair wearing basic old (but final) colors of Sabena with "Linair" titles in Arabic script: they include OO-CBX, CBY, CBT and AUW.

Date: 09/07/1973

Location: KJK/EBKT

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: in this outfit, it was ferried to Kortrijk on March 31 1973 for further storage. Over there, on July 5 1973, it was cancelled to "N6894", but couple days afterwards still spotted with the Belgian registration. On August 17 1973, it left for the States to its new operator.


Belgian register