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THE AVIATION HALL

The Aviation Hall, opened to the public in 1972, is managed by the Royal Museum of Armed Forces – Musée Royal de L’Armée. The MRA is part of the WHI – War Heritage Institute – and is responsible for the layout and maintenance of the aircraft. The Aviation Hall can only exhibit part of the collection since there is a lack of space to exhibit all of it. The 145 pieces identified in 2016, of which many pieces remain outside of the museum are included in the general catalogue of  The Aviation Department of the Royal Army Museum in Brussels. This catalogue may be purchased in the Museum Shop of the Royal Museum of Armed Forces.

A brief presentation of the collection

On the first floor of the Hall de l’Aviation you will find an assembly of balloon nacelles, early pioneer aircraft, aircraft of the 1914-18 war, inter-world war aircraft and light aircraft of the post 1940-45 era.

On the ground floor can be found vintage rescue helicopters and most of the fighter aircraft used by the Belgian Airforce since 1946.

You will also find exhibited different aircraft used by Eastern Bloc countries during the « Cold War « as well as aircraft used by NATO  during and after this period.

One part of the ground floor is devoted to the 1940-45 war, and transport aviation.

SABENA is represented by a Caravelle placed on high. The old Belgian airline has its own stand where a jet  engine and cockpit of a Boeing 707 are exhibited along with respective uniforms and  memorabilia of this era.

1946 – 2020 period
Plane
Balloon
Airship
Helicopter
Glider
ULM
Bristol

171 SYCAMORE HR.14A

Medevac and rescue helicopter - United Kingdom - First flight in July 1947 - Belgian Airforce from 1954 to 1960 - Entered the museum in 2008.

1946 - 2020 | Helicopter
BOEING

707-329 INTERCONTINANTAL

Long-haul airliner - United States - First flight in July 1954 - Max.speed 1000 km/h - SABENA from 1960 to 1976 - SOBELAIR from 1976 to 1981 - Entered the museum in 1982.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
SZD

8BIS JASKOTKA

Sports glider - Poland - First flight in September 1951 - Max.speed 250 km/h - Entered the museum in 1996.

1946 - 2020 | Glider
Agusta

A109HA HIRUNDO

Anti-tank helicopter - Italy - First flight in August 1971 - Max.speed 271 km/h - Belgian Airforce since 1991 - Entered the museum in 2005.

1946 - 2020 | Helicopter
EMC 2

AVIONICS GRASSHOPPER

Ultralight - Belgium - First flight in 1981 - Max.speed 85 km/h - Five aircraft built - Entered the museum in 2000.

1946 - 2020 | ULM
BRITTEN-NORMAN

BN2B-21 ISLANDER

Multi-role light transport aircraft - United Kingdom - First flight in June 1965 - Belgian airforce from 1975 to 2004 - Entered the museum in 1996.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
Fairchild

C-119

Troop and freight transport aircraft - United States - First flight in September 1944 - Max.speed 476 km/h - Belgian Airforce from 1952 to 1975 - Entered the museum in 1978.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
DE HAVILLAND

CANADA DHC-3 OTTER

Transport aircraft - United Kingdom - First flight in December 1951 - In service with the Belgian third Antarctic expedition 1959-60 - Entered the museum in 1970.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
AVRO-CANADA

CF-100 CANUCK MK.5

All-weather two seater long range fighter - Canada - First flight in January 1950 - Max.speed 1046 km/h - Belgian Airforce from 1957 to 1964 - Entered the museum in 1972.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
FOUGA

CM-170R MAGISTER

Advanced trainer - France - First flight in July1952 - Max.speed 650 km/h - Belgian Airforce from 1960 to 2007 - Entered the museum in 1979.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
DE HAVILLAND

DH 115 VAMPIRE TRAINER T.11

Two seater trainer - United Kingdom - First flight November 1950 - Max.speed 866 km/h - Gift of the British Government - Entered the museum in 1974.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
DORNIER

DO 27J-1

Liaison and services aircraft - Germany - First flight in October 1956 - Max.speed 185 km/h - Belgian Airforce from 1960 to 1977 - Entered the museum in 1976.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
CROSES

EAC-3 POUPLUME

Ultralight - single seater self build aircraft - Belgium - First flight in June 1961 - Max.speed 120 km/h - Entered the museum in 1996.

1946 - 2020 | ULM
LOCKHEED

F-104G STARFIGHTER

Fighter interceptor - United States - First flight in February 1954 - Max.speed 2330 km/h - Belgian Airforce from 1963 to 1987 - Entered the museum in 1983.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
GENERAL DYNAMICS

F-16A

Multi-role fighter aircraft - United States - First flight in February 1974 - Max.speed 2125 km/h - Belgian Airforce since1979 - Entered the museum in 1996.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
REPUBLIC

F-84F THUNDERSTREAK

Fighter bomber aircraft - United States - First flight in June 1950 - Max.speed 1059 km/h - Belgian Airforce from 1954 to 1972 - Entered the museum in 1972.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
REPUBLIC

F-84G THUNDERJET

Fighter bomber aircraft - United States - First flight in February 1946 - Max.speed 1020 km/h - Belgian Airforce from 1950 to 1957 - Entered the museum in 1955.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
North American

F-86F SABRE

Fighter aircraft - United States - First flight in October 1947 - Max.speed 1118 km/h - Gift from the Portuguese Airforce - Entered the museum in 1981.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
SIKORSKY

HSS-1 SEABAT

Rescue and transport helicopter - United States - First flight in March 1954 - Max.speed 196 km/h - Belgian Airforce from 1961 to 1986 - Entered the museum in 1986.

1946 - 2020 | Helicopter
HAWKER

HUNTER F.4

Fighter aircraft - United Kingdom - First flight in July 1951 - Max.speed 1127 km/h - Belgian Airforce from 1955 to 1962 - Aerobatic display team “The Red Devils” - Entered the museum in 1960.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
JEAN PISSOORT

J.P. 2

Self-build glider - Belgium - First flight in July 1988 - Max.speed 135 km/h - Entered the museum in 1999.

1946 - 2020 | Glider
SCHLEISER

KA 6BR RÖHNSEGLER

Glider - Germany - First flight in November 1955 - Max.speed 200 km/h - Entered the museum in 1979.

1946 - 2020 | Glider
PIPER

L-18C SUPER CUP

Training, liaison and photographic reconnaissance aircraft - United States - First flight in 1947 - Max.speed 177 km/h - Entered the museum in 1970 .

1946 - 2020 | Plane
MARCEL DASSAULT

MD450 OURAGAN

Fighter interceptor - France - First flight in February 1949 - Max.speed 960 km/h - Gift from the French Government - Entered the museum in 1974.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
Gloster

METEOR NF.11

Night-fighter - United Kingdom - First flight May 1950 - Max.speed 932 km/h - Belgian Airforce from 1956 to 1958 - Entered the museum in 1987.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
MIL

MI-24D HIND-D

Assault helicopter - Soviet Union - First flight in September 1969 - Max.speed 322 km/h - Donated by the Luftwaffe - entered the museum in 1995.

1946 - 2020 | Helicopter
Mikoyan

MIG-23 BN FLOGGER-H

Fighter bomber - Soviet Union - First flight in June 1967 - Max.speed 1800 km/h - Sold by Egypt to the USAF - Entered the museum in 2007.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
MARCEL DASSAULT

MIRAGE 5BA

Fighter bomber aircraft - France - First flight May 1967 - Max.speed 1335 km/h - Belgian Airforce from 1968 to 1994 - Entered the museum in 1993.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
MARCEL DASSAULT

MIRAGE F1C

Multi-role fighter - France - First flight December 1966 - Max.speed 2200 km/h - Gift from the French Airforce - Entered the museum in 2010.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
MORANE-SAULNIER

MS 892A RALLEY COMMODORE

Civil tourist aircraft - France - First flight in February 1964 - Max.speed 210 km/h - Entered the museum in 1992.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
TIPSY

NIPPER

Civilian sports aircraft - Belgium - First flight in 1957 - Max.speed 158 km/h - Entered the museum in 1989.

1946 - 2020 | ULM
Jean Pottier

P.40

Microlight - Self build ultralight aircraft - Belgium - First flight in 1978 - Max.speed 182 km/h - Entered the museum in 1998.

1946 - 2020 | ULM
HUNTING PERCIVAL

P.66 PEMBROKE

Photographic reconnaissance and liaison aircraft - United Kingdom - First flight in November 1952 - Belgian Airforce from 1954 to 1976 - Entered the museum in 1977.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
HUNTER

PATHFINDER II

Microlight - United Kingdom - First flight in 1980 - Max.speed 128 Km/h - Entered the museum in 1995.

1946 - 2020 | ULM
MCDONNEL

RF-4C PHANTOM II

All weather tactical reconnaissance aircraft - United States - First flight in May 1958 - Max.speed 2348 km/h - Long term loan from the USAF museum - Entered the museum in 1991.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
REPUBLIC

RF-84FTHUNDERFLASH

Photographic reconnaissance aircraft - United States - First flight in June 1950 - Max.speed 1059 km/h - Belgian Airforce from 1955 to 1972 - Entered the museum in 1972.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
FULMAR

RIVAL TRIDENT

Microlight - Belgium - First flew in 1981 - Max.speed 70 km/h - Offered to the museum in 1993.

1946 - 2020 | ULM
SUD-AVIATION

SE 210 CARAVELLE VI N

Short haul airliner - France - First flight in May 1955 - In service with SABENA from 1961 to 1974 - Max.speed 845 km/h - Entered the museum in 1977.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
SNCASE

SE-3130 ALOUETTE II

Light liaison helicopter - France - First flight in march 1955 - Max.speed 185 km/h - Belgian land forces light aviation from 1959 to 2009 - Entered the museum in 1988.

1946 - 2020 | Helicopter
WESTLAND

SEA KING MK 48

Rescue helicopter - United Kingdom - First flight in March 1959 - Max.speed 226 km/h - Belgian Airforce from 1976 to 2019 - Entered the museum in 2008.

1946 - 2020 | Helicopter
STAMPE & RENARD

SR-7B

Two seater trainer and aerobatic aircraft - Belgium - First flight in July 1952 – Max.speed 230 km/h - Only remaining example - Entered the museum in 1978.

1946 - 2020 | Plane
LOCKHEED

T-33

Advanced trainer aircraft - United States - First flight in March 1948 - Max.speed 965 km/h - Belgian Airforce from 1956 to 1979 - Entered the museum in 1982.

1946 - 2020 | Plane