McDonnell Douglas MD900 Explorer

After the withdrawal of the Aerospatiale SA330 Puma the Air Support Unit of the Rijkswacht/Gendarmerie (now Federale Politie/Police Federale) had a requirement for a twin-engined medium size helicopter (twin-engined as the aircraft had to be operated over urban areas). The aircraft had to be equipped with special observation equipment and cleared for night operations.
The aircraft selected was the McDonnell Douglas MD900 Explorer that was equipped with a NOTAR or 'NO TAil Rotor' system.

G10 c/n 900/0034 ex N91960 (testregistration) Callsign OT-GIA
  • 010796: registered N91960 to First Security Bank NA Trustee, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 210197: Delivery at Melsbroek in Rijkswacht/Gendarmerie colorscheme
  • 110297: Officially taken on charge
  • 100804: First noted at Aviation Technics, Teuge (the Netherlands) for repaint in new Federal Police colorscheme
  • 031004: First noted in Federale Politie/Police Federale colorscheme
  • 010611: Noted unter maintenance at Genk-Zwartberg, reportedly the aircraft was undergoing upgrade to MD902 configuration
  • 270113: First noted active with the Federal Police
  • current: Active with Air Support Unit, Melsbroek

McDonnell Douglas MD900 Explorer - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Melsbroek 200202 - Photo Daniel Brackx

G11 c/n 900/0045 ex N92047 (testregistration) Callsign OT-GIB
  • 000096: year of construction
  • 250697: registered N92047 to First Security Bank NA Trustee, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 120897: Delivery at Melsbroek in Rijkswacht/Gendarmerie colorscheme
  • 130899: Damaged by bullits during a chase of two bankrobbers who just robbed the BBL Bankagency at Ransart (Charleroi). The helicopter was hit in the tail and the vertical stabilisor
  • 070304: First noted at Aviation Technics, Teuge (the Netherlands) for repaint in new Federal Police colorscheme
  • 180504: First noted in Federale Politie/Police Federale colorscheme
  • 000000: Modified to MD902 standard
  • current: Active with Air Support Unit, Melsbroek

MD9001
Photo Jean-Marie Hanon

G12 c/n 900/0038 ex N91997 (testregistraton) Callsign OT-GIC
  • 000096: year of construction
  • 290399: registered N91997 First Security Bank NA Trustee, 79 S Main Str, Salt Lake City UT84111-1901, Utah.
  • 040701: arrival at MD Support Center NV, Houthalen, Belgium (crated)
  • 230701: first flight after assembly
  • 230701: Delivery at Melsbroek (white cs)
  • 000801: cancelled as N91997
  • 190302: first noted in new Federale Politie/Police Federale colorscheme
  • 050308: While Federal Police McDonnell Douglas MD900 Explorer G-12 was pursuing a car with two gangsters which had robbed the Record Bank at Ronse one of them opened the sun-roof and fired several shots at the helicopter with an AK-47 Kalashnikov gun and a 9mm pistol. Fortunately no-one was hurt in the attack and already sometime later one of the gangsters was apprehended in the Brussels borough of Sint-Joost-ten-Node.
  • 010510: Noted with special probe equipped boom to gather data of flight characteristics in order to develop a flight simulator for the Federal Police MD900's.
  • 000000: Modified to MD902 standard
  • current: Active with Air Support Unit, Melsbroek

MD9002
Photo Jean-Marie Hanon

G16 c/n 900/0132 ex N40216, OY-HMS
  • 000008: Build
  • 000008: Registered N40216 MD Helicopters, Mesa, Arizona
  • 131208: Airworthiness test
  • 140809: Temporarily registered OY-HMS
  • 151009: Officially registered OY-HMS for CASA Air A/S, Horsens, Denmark
  • 000910: Sold to Federal Police
  • 111010: Noted at Groningen-Eelde on deliveryflight Odense - Brussels/Melsbroek, temporarily marked as 'G-16', still wearing its former black colorscheme
  • current: Active with Air Support Unit, Melsbroek
McDonnell Douglas MD900 Explorer - Belgian Military Aircraft DatabasePhoto Marc Arys


G17 c/n 900/0137 ex N40789, OO-NHI
  • 000009: Build
  • 000409: registered N40789, MD Helicopters Inc, Mesa, Arizona
  • 290709: Airworthiness test
  • 251109: cancelled as N40789, exported to Belgium
  • 251109: registered OO-NHI (CofA 10354) Noordzee Helicopters, Vlaanderen, Ostend, Belgium;
  • 000000: based Centre Hospitalier de Laon, France as 'SAMU 02'
  • 100118: cancelled as OO-NHI
  • 120118: departed Oostende as 'G-17'
  • 120118: arrival at Melsbroek



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