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Description: this factory fresh Cessna of Sotramat was initially on October 12 1966 registered in the Netherlands as "PH-LES" and operated by J.G. Dijkstra. On January 3 1968 it went to J.J. Luysterburg with the same registration carrying "SFS" titles in the tail (of Sotramat Flying School). On October 20 1971 it came in the Belgian register, here seen such in a livery without titles. Sotramat itself stood for Société de Transports Aériens Maritimes et Terrestres and was established on May 7 1958 based at Brussels Airport and Antwerp airport with at first the core business being importer of propeller drives Cessna airframes, later operating also its own aircraft like for flying school activities as the depicted one with appropriate regi "OO-LES". In 1978 it migrated to Aéroclub des Rièzes based at Schaffen airfield, later in the seventies going to private owners (J. van der Heyden & G. van Bergen), also based at Schaffen airfield. In 1980 it went to Diest Aero Club and on May 18 1989 back to Aéroclub des Rièzes. On January 28 1994 it was damaged beyond repair at Schaffen airfield when parked inside a hangar which collapsed due to a winter storm. Decades later, on February 3 2020, it was officially cancelled from the register.