La Belgique dans le ciel

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La Belgique dans le ciel screen title.

Documentary (1958)
English: Belgium in the Sky

Realisation:
Albert Dumortier(Narrator)

Lyrical presentation of numerous aspect of the airport, Sabena and aviation trades and professions. The film shows Melsbroek airport and the various public airport in Belgium, air ferries over the channel, air taxi, aerial photography, aero-club activities, and pilot training in Sabena's school center.

Auster J/1 Autocrat (Model)

Auster J/1 Autocrat
Auster J/1 Autocrat

Douglas DC-7C Seven Seas

Registration OO-SFA, c/n 45157/737. Built in 1956. Seen landing at Aéroport Bruxelles-Melsbroek / Brussels-Melsbroek airport few month before her crash in Casablanca on the 18th May 1958.

Several SABENA's Douglas DC-3in the background.

Douglas DC-7C Seven Seas

Registration OO-CFF, c/n 45162. Delivered to SABENA in 1957 and sold to Spantax in 1964. Seen here at Aéroport Bruxelles-Melsbroek / Brussels-Melsbroek airport taxiing beside a SABENA's Douglas DC-3.

Vickers 806 Viscount

At Aéroport Bruxelles-Melsbroek / Brussels-Melsbroek airport.

Vickers 806 Viscount of BEA-British European Airways.

Lockheed L-049D Constellation

At Aéroport Bruxelles-Melsbroek]/ Brussels-Melsbroek airport with a Convair 440 Metropolitan of SABENA in the background.

Lockheed L-049D Constellation of El Al Israel Airlines.
Lockheed L-049D Constellation of El Al Israel Airlines.

Douglas DC-7C Seven Seas

Registration N750PA, c/n 45094/769. Delivered to PAA on February 1957,sold to Panair do Brasil in January 1964. Picture at Aéroport Bruxelles-Melsbroek]/ Brussels-Melsbroek airport.

Reg.N750PA Douglas DC-7C Seven Seas Clipper Matchless of PAA-Pan American World Airways.

Douglas DC-6B

Registration OO-CTM, c/n 44175. Bought new in 1954. Sold to the German Luftwaffe in 1965.
Refuelling at Aéroport Bruxelles-Melsbroek]/ Brussels-Melsbroek airport.

Convair 440 Metropolitan

At Aéroport Bruxelles-Melsbroek]/ Brussels-Melsbroek airport. On the right in the background is another SABENA's Douglas DC-6.

SABENA's Douglas DC-3 in her older livery on the left.

With three other Convair 440 Metropolitan and a Douglas DC-6 or DC-7 on the left, all from SABENA.

Convair 440-12 Metropolitan

At Aéroport Bruxelles-Melsbroek]/ Brussels-Melsbroek airport.

Registration OO-SCL, c/n 336. Wing of OO-AUV listed below seen on the left.

Douglas DC-3C

Registration OO-AUV, c/n 43087. Ex USAAF C-47A refurbished as real DC-3 in 1947. SABENA's OO-SCL Metropolitan on the right.

Convair T-29

On the left in the background at Aéroport Bruxelles-Melsbroek]/ Brussels-Melsbroek airport.

Convair T-29 of the USAF.

On the far background left, Douglas DC-6 or DC-7 from SABENA.

Convair T-29 of the USAF.

Bristol 170 Superfreighter Mk32

Registration G-AOUV, c/n 13258. Leased from Bristol Aeroplane Company to SABENA for Channel link between Ostende and Southend on Sea in a partnership with Channel Air Bridge , from December 1957 to December 1958. The airplane was sold to Air Charter Ltd, then to British United Air Ferries in 1965 and operated till 1968.
Location is Luchthaven Oostende-Aéroport d'Ostende (OST/EBOS).

Bristol 170 Superfreighter Mk 32

Bristol 170 Superfreighter Mk 32 of Silver City Airways.
Bristol 170 Superfreighter Mk 32 of Silver City Airways.
Bristol 170 Superfreighter Mk 32 of Silver City Airways.
Bristol 170 Superfreighter Mk 32 of Silver City Airways.

Taking off from Luchthaven Oostende-Aéroport d'Ostende (OST/EBOS). Douglas Dakota listed below in the foreground

Bristol 170 Superfreighter Mk 32 of Silver City Airways.
Bristol 170 Superfreighter Mk 32 of Silver City Airways.

Douglas Dakota

At Luchthaven Oostende-Aéroport d'Ostende (OST/EBOS). One of the last Douglas Dakota wearing Air Kruise colours, this small company being merged into Silver City Airways at the end of 1957.

Douglas Dakota of Air Kruise.
Douglas Dakota of Air Kruise.

The Silver City Airways Superfreighter listed above is taking off in the background.

Douglas Dakota of Air Kruise.

De Havilland Canada DHC-1A Chipmunk T.10 (Model)

Model of ex Force Aérienne Belge/Belgische Luchtmacht bought in 2 samples for evaluation in 1948. The aircraft was sold to Royal Antwerp Aviation Club in 1956 as OO-MER, c/n CFF.20. Written off after an accident in 1965.

Reg.OO-MER De Havilland Canada DHC-1A Chipmunk T.10.
Reg.OO-MER De Havilland Canada DHC-1A Chipmunk T.10.

Various Aircraft (Models)

1 - Auster J/1 Autocrat (Model) already listed above.
2 - Convair 440 Metropolitan in SABENA's livery.
3 - Unidentified.
4 - Unidentified.
5 - Unidentified.
6 - Unidentified.
7 - Unidentified.
8 - Unidentified.

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9 - Vought OS2U Kingfisher.
10 - De Havilland Canada DHC-1A Chipmunk T.10 already listed above.

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Unidentified Aircraft

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Fictionnous Aircraft (Models)

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Fictionnous Aircraft (Models)

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MRSz Z-03A Ifjúság

Hungarian Glider designed by Ferenc Zsebö for military training. 3 of them were bought by Centre National de Vol à Voile for the national soaring centre at Saint-Hubert in 1955. This one has registration OO-ZPL.

Reg.OO-ZPL MRSz Z-03A Ifjúság.
Reg.OO-ZPL MRSz Z-03A Ifjúság.

Towing airplane De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth in the background seen below.

Reg.OO-ZPL MRSz Z-03A Ifjúság.
Reg.OO-ZPL MRSz Z-03A Ifjúság.
Reg.OO-ZPL MRSz Z-03A Ifjúság.
Reg.OO-ZPL MRSz Z-03A Ifjúság.
Reg.OO-ZPL MRSz Z-03A Ifjúság.
Reg.OO-ZPL MRSz Z-03A Ifjúság.
Reg.OO-ZPL MRSz Z-03A Ifjúság.
Reg.OO-ZPL MRSz Z-03A Ifjúság.

Unidentified Aircraft

Unknown glider on the right at Saint-Hubert airfield. De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth in the background listed below.

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De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

Towing the Z-03A Ifjúság listed above.

De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth.
De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth.
De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth.

Seen again later in the film.

De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth.
De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth.
De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth.
De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth.

Piper J-3 Cub

Piper J-3 Cub.
Piper J-3 Cub.
Piper J-3 Cub.
Piper J-3 Cub.
Piper J-3 Cub.

Unidentified Aircraft

1- The glider with Renault markings on the left.
2- Ryan Navion.
3- ERCO Ercoupe.
4- De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk .
5- Beechcraft F35 Bonanza registered OO-JAC (later D-EARM) c/n D-4526 built in 1955. Listed below.
6- Schneider Grunau Baby. Listed below.

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Schneider Grunau Baby

The glider in the foreground.
Schneider Grunau Baby or one of its licenced built : Nord 1300 or English Slingsby T5 or Elliotts Baby EoN, ....

Schneider Grunau Baby.

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mark IX

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mark IX .

Percival P.28 Proctor I

Bbehind the Spitfire already listed above.

Percival P.28 Proctor I.

Another view of it on the right.
A SABENA's Douglas DC-3 in the background, and left wing of Miles M.65 Gemini on the left, listed below.

Percival P.28 Proctor I.

Miles M.65 Gemini 1A

Registration OO-RVE, c/n 6525. Built in 1947.
Unknown airplane far in the background on the left. Same DC-3 listed above.

Reg.OO-RVE Miles M.65 Gemini 1A.

Miles M.38 Messenger 2A

Registration G-AIDK, c/n 6355. First registered in 1946.
On the right, the same Percival P.28 Proctor I already seen above in pictures with Spitfire .

Reg.G-AIDK Miles M.38 Messenger 2A.
Reg.G-AIDK Miles M.38 Messenger 2A.

Miles M.38 Messenger 2A

Unknown airplane on the right.

Miles M.38 Messenger 2A.
Miles M.38 Messenger 2A.
Miles M.38 Messenger 2A.

Various Aircraft

1- Beechcraft Bonanza,maybe OO-JAC seen above and below in the list.
2- Miles M.38 Messenger 2A G-AIDK already seen above.
3- Supermarine Spitfire LF Mark IX seen before .
4- Unknown.
5- Unknown.
6- Unknown.
7- Miles M.65 Gemini 1A OO-RVE already listed above.
8- Unknown.

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Piper L-4J Grasshopper

Registration OO-CEK, c/n 12760. Built in 1944. Military designation of Piper J-3C-65D Cub.

Piper L-4J Grasshopper.
Piper L-4J Grasshopper.
Piper L-4J Grasshopper.

Piper PA-23 Apache

On the left in the background.
On the right is OO-JAC already seen above and listed below.

Piper PA-23 Apache.
Piper PA-23 Apache.
Piper PA-23 Apache.
Piper PA-23 Apache.

Beechcraft F35 Bonanza

Registration OO-JAC c/n D-4526 seen above twice.

Reg.OO-JAC Beechcraft F35 Bonanza.
Reg.OO-JAC Beechcraft F35 Bonanza.
Reg.OO-JAC Beechcraft F35 Bonanza.
Reg.OO-JAC Beechcraft F35 Bonanza.

Percival P.28 Proctor I

Percival P.28 Proctor I.
Percival P.28 Proctor I.
Percival P.28 Proctor I.
Percival P.28 Proctor I.
Percival P.28 Proctor I.
Percival P.28 Proctor I.

Saab 91B Safir

Registration OO-SOP, c/n 91242. Delivered to Burgelijke Luchtvaartschool / Ecole d’aviation civile in 1953, wearing SABENA's colours. It could be nicknamed "SAABENA" I think.
In the background we can see two De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth that are listed below. The airfield is Recreatief Vliegveld Grimbergen/Grimbergen Airport (---/EBGB). We can see one of the two remarkable concrete aircraft hangars which were built and designed by Alfred Hardy in November 1947.

Another De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth of the SABENA Aeroclub in the foreground.

De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

Registration OO-xxx.

De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth.
De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth.
De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth.
De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth.

De Havilland DH82C Tiger Moth

Cold weather operations version for the RCAF fitted with sliding perspex canopies.
At Recreatief Vliegveld Grimbergen/Grimbergen Airport (---/EBGB).

Unidentified Aircraft

Twin engine aircraft cockpit apparently. Remind Avro Anson, but it doesn't match correctly.

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Convair 440 Metropolitan

At Aéroport Bruxelles-Melsbroek]/ Brussels-Melsbroek airport.

Convair 440-12 Metropolitan

Registration OO-SCR, c/n 373.
At Aéroport Bruxelles-Melsbroek]/ Brussels-Melsbroek airport.

Two others in the background.

Another one in the background.

Convair 440-12 Metropolitan

Registration OO-SCN, c/n 361.
At Aéroport Bruxelles-Melsbroek]/ Brussels-Melsbroek airport.

Douglas C-47A Skytrain

Registration OO-AWZ, c/n 13747/25922.
At Aéroport Bruxelles-Melsbroek]/ Brussels-Melsbroek airport.

SABENA's Convair 440 Metropolitan and Sikorsky S-58C in the background.

SABENA's Douglas DC-6 in the background.

Two others SABENA's Douglas DC-6 in the far background.

Douglas DC-6

At Aéroport Bruxelles-Melsbroek]/ Brussels-Melsbroek airport.

Another SABENA's Douglas DC-6 in the right.

SABENA's Douglas DC-6 in the hangar and Sikorsky S-58C in the background.

Douglas DC-6

Various aircraft

From Control Tower of Aéroport Bruxelles-Melsbroek]/ Brussels-Melsbroek airport.
1- Unknown. Seems high wing, maybe an Airspeed Ambassador?
2- Unknown. Convair 440 Metropolitan?
3- Sikorsky S-58C of SABENA-Societé Anonyme Belge d'Exploitation de la Navigation Aérienne.

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Vickers Viscount

Unidentified Viscount landing at Aéroport Bruxelles-Melsbroek / Brussels-Melsbroek airport.

Vickers Viscount.

Sikorsky S-58C

Registration OO-SHG, c/n 58-324.
Héliport de Bruxelles-Allée Verte, OO-SHH following in the background left.

Sikorsky S-58C

Registration OO-SHG, c/n 58-333.
Taking off from Héliport de Bruxelles-Allée Verte towards Aéroport Bruxelles-Melsbroek]/ Brussels-Melsbroek airport.

Hawker Hunter F.4

Delivered to Forces Aériennes Belges in 1956. 112 aircraft used, half of them built by SABCA and Avions Fairey.

Hawker Hunter F.4 of the Forces Aériennes Belges.
Hawker Hunter F.4 of the Forces Aériennes Belges.
Hawker Hunter F.4 of the Forces Aériennes Belges.
Hawker Hunter F.4 of the Forces Aériennes Belges.
Hawker Hunter F.4 of the Forces Aériennes Belges.
Hawker Hunter F.4 of the Forces Aériennes Belges.
Hawker Hunter F.4 of the Forces Aériennes Belges.

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star

Delivered to Forces Aériennes Belges in 1952 for training and operated till 1979.
Hawker Hunter F.4 flying in the background.

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star of the Forces Aériennes Belges.

(left foreground) Half of a Republic F-84 Thunderjet.

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star of the Forces Aériennes Belges.

Douglas DC-6

Registration OO-SDE, c/n 43149/158. Delivered to SABENAin 1950 as OO-AWW. Changed in 1951 to OO-SDE and leased to Aerofina Luxembourg in 1958, Transair Sweden in 1960, returned to SABENA.]] and leased again to Air Congo in 1964, sold to this company in 1965 as 9Q-CLB that became Air Zaire in 1971.
At Aéroport Bruxelles-Melsbroek]/ Brussels-Melsbroek airport.

Another one in the background.

Several others DC-6 in the far background.

Taking off. Another DC-6 in the foreground and Convair 440 Metropolitan on the left.


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