Hawker Siddeley HS.748-2A - 228

OAfter a long search for a suitable replacement for the Douglas C-47B Dakota the Belgian government decided on April 8th, 1974 to acquire three Hawker Siddeley HS748s. The HS.748-2A was equipped with a large cargo door on the left hand side and could be transformed from cargo to passenger configuration in a minimum of time. In 2002 the HS.748 was withdrawn from use when the Embraer replacement aircraft arrived. Two airworthy HS.748 transports were donated to government of Benin while the third aircraft was also transferred to serve as a spare-parts resource.


CS-01 c/n 1741/222
call-sign BAF41
  • 280676: delivered to 15 Wing - 21 Squadron
  • 091187-271187: repainted in white colorscheme at Dinard (F)
  • 000100: noted at Dinard (F) for avionics update
  • 200202: officially withdrawn from use at Melsbroek
  • 200402: last noted at 15 Wing
  • 000002: used for crew training of Beninese aircrew at Melsbroek
  • 280103: first noted at Cotonou (Benin) (unmarked)
  • 001103: noted at Cotonou with registration TY-21A
  • 000006: reports indicate that the aircraft is flown a few times per month with local VIPs, and can also be rented by tourists for (photo)safaris
  • 250909: first noted at Johannesburg-Rang (South Africa) after a major overhaul. The aircraft was wearing a new colorscheme (white with a cheatline in the Beninese colors)
  • 070310: arrived at Johannesburg-Rand (South Africa) after flying in for a maintenance check.

Hawker Siddeley HS.748-2A/228 - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Collection Laurent Heyligen

CS-02 c/n 1742/223
call-sign BAF42
  • 310776: delivered 15 Wing - 21 Squadron
  • 241187-101287: repainted in white colorscheme at Dinard (F)
  • 000302: struck of charge
  • 171202: departed Melsbroek with destination Benin
  • 191202: arrived Cotonou (Benin)
  • 000203: first noted Cotonou as TY-22A
  • 000006: reports indicate that the aircraft is flown a few times per month with local VIPs, and can also be rented by tourists for (photo)safaris

Hawker Siddeley HS.748-2A/228 - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Melsbroek 280902 Photo : Laurent Heyligen (c)

CS-03 c/n 1743/224
call-sign BAF43
  • 310876: noted at Farnborough Airshow as G-BEEM for Hawker Siddeley
  • 150976: cancelled as G-BEEM
  • 300976: delivered 15 Wing - 21 Squadron
  • 061287-231287: repainted in white colorscheme at Dinard (F)
  • 010801: arrived Weelde for storage
  • 190503: broken-up at Weelde
  • 011003: departed Weelde for shipment to Benin (will be used as spares source)
  • 021003: shipped from Antwerp harbour to Benin

Hawker Siddeley HS.748-2A/228 - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Collection Laurent Heyligen




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