On Thursday 20 December 2018, CH-10, a Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules delivered to the 15th Wing of Belgian Air Force (BAF) at Melsbroek Base (EBMB) in March 1973 touched for the last time the sky.
The aircraft of more than 45 years old, was wearing the livery of 45 years of the C-130H into Belgian Air Force, and also 75 years of 15th Wing based near to Brussels, for less than 5 months.
After a last flight over Belgium, it landed on Runway 25R of Brussels Airport (BRU/EBBR) at 14:57UTC.
The future for this mythic aircraft? It should be disassembled and then sold.
It is the 4th C-130H to leave the fleet of the Belgian Army, with CH-06 which crashed at Eindhoven in 1996, killing 34 on board. Also, CH-02 left the fleet in 2006 when a fire destroyed the Sabena Technics Hangar 40 of Brussels Airport (replaced by TUIport), as well as Volare A320 SX-BVB, Armavia A320 EK-32010 and Armenian International Airways A320 EK-32001. Finally the CH-08, left the fleet in December 2017, already one year ago.
2 Airbus A400M of Belgian Air Force are expected in 2020, instead of 2019, with a new building for this new type of aircraft at Melsbroek.