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SOCATA MS.880B Rallye Club (1796)

 

 
Date: 02/1979

Location: ANR/EBAW

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: this factory fresh SOCATA was on May 27 1971 registered to Ghent Flying Club. On November 13 1978 it migrated to the Vlaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij, but 11 days later going to R. Van Campenhoudt & J. Van Den Broeck which based their aircraft at Grimbergen airfield. Here it's seen during a visit at Antwerp airport in the livery of Ghent Flying Club inclusive its tiny titles just behind the window (see also upper left inset). On July 10 1992 it went to Aeroclub Brugge based at Ursel airfield. On May 10 2010 it was cancelled to the States as "N880V", but operating for a Belgian owner R. Verschaeve, also based at Ursel airfield. On April 14 2012 it was damaged beyond repair during an emergency landing in a field near its home base, luckely without casualties.

 

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