Fairchild Swearingen Merlin IIIA

To replace the Percival Pembroke the Belgian Air Force ordered six Swearingen Merlin IIIA turboprop aircraft in september 1975. Two aircraft were equipped for the calibration of navigation aids on airfields and for vertical aerial photography mainly on behalf of National Geographical Institute. In 2003 the remaining 5 aircraft were sold to CAE Aviation in Luxembourg.



CF-01 c/n T-259 ex N5374M (testregistration)
call-sign BAF51
  • 280376: delivered to 15 Wing - 21 Squadron
  • 010801: arrived Weelde for storage
  • 000000: sold to CAE Aviation, Luxembourg-Findel
  • 220903: first noted as LX-NOP at Weelde
  • 191003: departed Weelde as LX-NOP
  • 000310: by this date the aircraft was registered as UP-M2601, Samel Air, Kazakhstan
  • 000000: to LY-LBM
  • 090611: offered for sale for $450000, aircraft was then located at Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 280212: to N5374M, B Jet LLC, 8181 NW 36th Street, Suite 20D, Doral 33166-6641, Florida, USA

Short history : N5374M, CF-01, LX-NOP
Fairchild Swearingen Merlin IIIA - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Collection Laurent Heyligen

CF-02 c/n T-260 ex N5373M (testregistration)
call-sign BAF52
  • 080576: delivered to 15 Wing - 21Squadron
  • 000601: noted stored Melsbroek
  • 200202: officially struck of charge Melsbroek
  • 000000: sold to CAE Aviation, Luxembourg-Findel
  • 000000: registered LX-RSO

Short history : N5374M, CF-02, LX-RSO, N422GK
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Collection Laurent Heyligen

CF-03 c/n T-262 ex N5375M (testregistration), N500BW
call-sign BAF53
  • 060676: delivered to 15 Wing - 21 Squadron
  • 160480: Cat.5 Crash on the runway of Lille-Lesquin, France, during a touch-and-go the engine went into "full reverse". Unfortunately both crewmembers were killed. Capt.vl.Jean-Claude Timmermans (trainee), ADC vl.Etienne Lemmens (instructor)
  • 000000: remains scrapped at Vilvoorde
  • 240698: parts noted at dump Beauvechain

Short history : N5375M, N500BW, CF-03
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CF-04 c/n T-264 ex N5378M (testregistration), N100JB (ntu)
call-sign BAF54
  • 280676: delivered to 15 W Trans - 21 Squadron
  • 001001: struck of charge
  • 000000: sold to CAE Aviation, Luxembourg-Findel
  • 000000: registered LX-LAP
  • 190703: first noted at Luxembourg-Findel
  • 000000: N422AG (in France)
  • 130911: Noted at EBAW as F-GZJM
Short history : N5378M, N100JB, CF-04, LX-LAP, N422AG, F-GZJM
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Collection Laurent Heyligen

Fairchild Swearingen Merlin IIIA - Belgian Military Aircraft
EBAW 130911 - Photo Bob Rongé


CF-05 c/n T-265 ex N5381M (testregistration)
call-sign BAF55
  • 121076: delivered to 15 W Trans - 21 Squadron, equipped for navigation aid calibration
  • 160600: stored Melsbroek after damage to the left wing during towing
  • 000901: noted at Melsbroek (used for spares)
  • 000000: sold to CAE Aviation, Luxembourg-Findel
  • 000000: registered LX-NRJ
  • 300610: To F-HDRJ for Aéroservice Luxembourg SARL at Luxembourg (source: ABN august 2010)

Short history : N5381M, CF-05, LX-NRJ
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Collection Laurent Heyligen


CF-06 c/n T-267 ex N5382M (testregistration)
call-sign BAF56
  • 300976: delivered to 15 W Trans - 21 Squadron, equipped for vertical aerial photography
  • 020693: during a flight Melsbroek-Perpignan (F), the main landing gear would not lock properly. The captain decided to abandon the flight and make an emergency landing at Beauvechain. After the fire department had laid out a foam carpet on the runway, pilot Cdt.vl.Freddy Polfliet made a successfull belly landing. Damage was minimal and nobody of the four passengers was hurt
  • 000302: struck of charge
  • 000000: sold to CAE Aviation, Luxembourg-Findel
  • 000000: registered LX-PIX
  • 090504: arrived at Deurne-Antwerp airport after the aircraft was purchased by Aerodata International Surveys BVBA and it's currently used for aerial photography.
  • 140207: reservation made for PH-PIX by Rijnmond Air Services BV, Rotterdam (the Netherlands)
  • 071107: application made for CofA by Aerodata Remote Sensing BV, Prinsenbeek (the Netherlands)
  • 000217: offered for sale by Aerodata International Surveys, Deurne (Belgium)

Short history : N5382M, CF-06, LX-PIX
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Collection Laurent Heyligen



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