belgium 40 Squadron

Force Aérienne Belge


40 Escadrille Héli
Belgian Air Force

1974 to present    




40 Squadron Force Aérienne Belge

Formally created on 30 Oct 1974, from the four existing Heli Flights that had formed since 1961, flying a mixture of Sikorsky HSS-1, ex-Sabena S-58 and Alouette III in the SAR role. In 1976 the Sea King Mk.48 was introduced to 40 Sqdn and in Apr 1977 took over prime responsibility for SAR operations. The unit has been based at Koksijde (EBFN) since its formation.
On June 2015 Valerie and Eline became the first female crew on the NH90 NFH

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News about this Rotary Wing Unit :

Koksijde SAR Meet 2016, 07-Oct-16 : Belgium with Austria, Germany and Poland taking part of Search and Rescue SAR Meet 2016 at Koksijde, October 10-14

Belgian NH90 First SAR Mission, 28-Aug-15 : Belgium NH90 Kaaiman helicopter completed their first scramble rescue mission evacuating an ill cruise passenger in British waters

Belgian NH90 NFH Achieves IOC for SAR, 21-Aug-15 : Belgian 40th Squadron achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations with the NH90 NFH helicopter


Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1974/nowKoksijde / CoxydeEBFN


Models Login to Edit

YearsModels
2013/nowNH90
1976/nowSea King Mk.48
1974/77S-58C
1974/86HSS-1 Seabat

Construction Numbers (Not all in unit) Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
58-333 s-58c 1956 B10: taken on charge Belbian Air Force, Heli Flight, Koksijde (Flight SRT - Sho+
Societe Anonyme Belge d Exploitation de la Navigation Aerienne OO-SHH: Sikorsky S-58C, c/n58-333, ff?; del to Sabena NV at the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. Plant, Bridgeport, C...
Meravo air shipping company Ltd D-HAUE: ferried from Koksijde to Oedheim, Germany, 31Jan78; registered D-HAUE, Meravo Luftreederei Fluggesel...
58-356 s-58c 1956 B11: taken on charge, Belgian Air Force, Heli Flight, Koksijde (Flight SRT - Sh+
B11: 1973 pictured at Zolder as B11/OT-ZKK
Societe Anonyme Belge d Exploitation de la Navigation Aerienne OO-SHI: Sikorsky S-58C, c/n 58-356, ff?; del to Sabena NV at the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. plant, Bridgeport, ...
Meravo air shipping company Ltd D-HAUF: ferried from Koksijde to Oedheim, Germany, 22Mar78; registered D-HAUF Meravo Luftreederei Fluggesell...
58-388 s-58c 1956 B12: ex SABENA; Belgian Air Force d/d 08may63 Heli Flight, Koksijde (Flight S+
Societe Anonyme Belge d Exploitation de la Navigation Aerienne OO-SHL: Sikorsky S-58C, c/n 58-388, ff?; 27Dec56 del to Sabena NV at the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. plant, Br...
Meravo air shipping company Ltd D-HAUD: ex SABENA, ex Belgian Air Force; 22Mar78 ferried from Koksijde to Oedheim, Germany; May78 registe...
Meravo air shipping company Ltd D-HAUD: 1979 pictured (top) at Frankfurt; 1991 pictured (bot) again
58-395 s-58c 1956 B13: taken on charge Belgian Air Force, Heli Flight, Koksijde (Flight SRT - Sho+
B13: (OT-ZKM) displayed at Musee Royal de l Armee, at least 1978-1980
Elipadana OO-SHM: leased to Elipadana SpA, Milano, as OO-SHM, operated services Milano-Torino and Milano-Lugano, 29Apr...
Societe Anonyme Belge d Exploitation de la Navigation Aerienne OO-SHM: Sikorsky S-58C, c/n 58-395, ff?; handed over to Sabena NV at the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.plant, Bridg...
Societe Anonyme Belge d Exploitation de la Navigation Aerienne OO-SHM: 1958 pictured at Brussels, note the modified S-58 nose
58-350 s-58c 1956 B14: sold to Belgian Air Force, 13Dec67; cancelled from the Belgian Civil Regis+
New York Airways N878: Sikorsky S-58C c/n 58-350, ff?; del New York Airways as N878, 02Oct56
Societe Anonyme Belge d Exploitation de la Navigation Aerienne OO-SHQ: leased to Sabena NV, Brussel, 11Jun63; delivered Brussel and flown with US registration, N878, 24Jun...
Meravo air shipping company Ltd D-HAUC: ferried from Koksijde to Oedheim (Germany), 31Jan78; registered D-HAUC Meravo Luftreederei Fluggesel...
Chicago Helicopter Airways N878: sold Chicago Helicopter Airways as N878, unk
58-836 s-58c 1958 B15: sold Belgium AF, 13Dec67; del Heli Flight-Koksijde, as B15/OT-ZKP (VIP con+
Chicago Helicopter Airways N869: Sikorsky S-58C, c/n 58-836, ff?; del Chicago Helicopter Airways as N869, 22May58; lsd to Sabena as N...
Societe Anonyme Belge d Exploitation de la Navigation Aerienne OO-SHP: lsd to Sabena as N869, 11Jun63; del Brussels 24Jun63; reg OO-SHP by Sabena, 04Nov64; tt 9039 hrs, st...
Meravo air shipping company Ltd D-HAUG: sold Meravo Luftreederei as D-HAUG, 23Mar78; ferried from Koksijde to Oedheim, 05May78; marked as PJ...
- D-HAUG: Dec13 reported in the UK to be rebuilt to airworthiness for a movie to portrait a Royal Navy Wessex
SA.145 hss-1 B4: FAB d/d May61
B4: 1972 Represented RBAF at 6th International Helicopter SAR Competition. Tog+
B4: 17jul80 pictured (bot) at Koksijde for NATO SAR Meeting 1980. USAF HH-53 o+
B4: FAB OT-ZKD; soc 1984; preserved Koksijde
B4: jun09 picture outside hangar at Koksijde
SA.146 hss-1 B5: FAB d/d May61; w/o 29aug85 at Koksijde AB, tech prob after autorotation
B5: 1972 Represented RBAF at 6th International Helicopter SAR Competition Jul +
B5: FAB OT-ZKE w/o 28aug85 no casualities
SA.181 hss-1 B6: FAB OT-ZKF d/d Feb62; wfu May79; From 1980 preserved at Brussels air muse+
SA.184 hss-1 B7: FAB OT-ZKG d/d Feb62; leased to navy as minesweeper, used anchor in rou+
SA.185 hss-1 B8: FAB d/d jan62; Leased to Navy as minesweeper, used anchor in roundel; jul+
B8: FAB OT-ZKH from 1962 to 1986; From 1991 gate guardian Koksijde
58-324 s-58c 1956 B9: taken on charge Belgian Air Force, Heli Flight, Koksijde, call-sign B9/OT-+
Societe Anonyme Belge d Exploitation de la Navigation Aerienne OO-SHG: Sikorsky S-58C, c/n 58-324, ff?; del Sabena NV at the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. plant, Bridgeport, CT,...
SA.185 hss-1 OT-ZKH: pictured preserved gate guardian at Koksijde, The Last One
1040 NH90 NFH 2013 RN01: NBEN01 Force Aerienne Belge; 30sep11 at Donauwoerth, Germany
RN01: f/f 05apr13 98+51, d/d Aug13
RN01: Jan14 at Eurocopter France for technicians and initial pilot training. Exp+
RN01: 13sep14 pictured at Kleine Brogel
1041 NH90 NFH RN02: NBEN02 Force Aerienne Belge; 30sep11 at Donauwoerth, Germany
RN02: 09may14 departure for delivery
RN02: 09may14 delivery flight arrived Coxyde for 40 smaldeel
RN02: 03aug14 pictured (pic1) at Koksijde
RN02: 26jun15 pictured (pic2) at Semmerzake ATCC Open Door
RN02: 19sep15 pictured (pic3) at Kleine Brogel
RN02: 17jul16 pictured (pic4) at Rescue Vlissingen 2016
RN02: 12apr17 pictured (pic5) at Beauvechain, Belgium during Helidays 2017
Eurocopter Germany 98 52: Eurocopter toward RN02
1237 NH90 NFH RN03: NBEN03 Force Aerienne Belge; Dec13 noted at Eurocopter Donauwoerth factory+
RN03: Dec14 operational at Koksijde
RN03: 20may15 pictured (pic1) (pic2) at Beauvechain during THPU 2015
RN03: 25jun16 pictured (pic3) at Belgian Air Days 2016, Florennes
1238 NH90 NFH RN04: NBEN04 Force Aerienne Belge; o/o
RN04: Apr16 to NHI for SAR update and configuration
1257 NH90 TTH 2012 RN05: TBEA01 f/f Sep12, test serial F-ZWBE
RN05: BAF d/d Dec12
RN05: 21jul13 pictured (pic1) at Brussels for Belgium National Day
RN05: 03oct13 at home base Beauvechain. c/n confirmed 1257
RN05: 02oct13 d/d 1 Wing, 18 Sqn in beauvechain
RN05: 20may15 pictured (pic2) at Beauvechain during THPU 2015
RN05: 19jul15 pictured (pic3) at RIAT 2015, UK
RN05: 12apr17 pictured (pic4) at Beauvechain, Belgium during Helidays 2017
RN05: 11sep17 deployed by An-124 to Gabon for 4 weeks for exercise Tropical Stor+
Eurocopter France F-ZWBE: NHI/Eurocopter toward RN05
1296 NH90 TTH RN06: TBEA02, test serial F-ZWCD
RN06: unk date pictured (pic1) at Airbus Marignane, France
RN06: 30jan14 landing in Beauvechain wing
RN06: 13sep14 pictured (pic2) at Kleine Brogel
RN06: 20may15 pictured (pic3) at Beauvechain during THPU 2015
RN06: 26may16 pictured (pic4) on display at THPU 2016
1297 NH90 TTH RN07: TBEA03, test serial F-ZWCM
RN07: Apr14 undergoing flight testing in Marignane, France
RN07: 13sep14 pictured at Kleine Brogel
RN07: 11sep17 deployed by An-124 to Gabon for 4 weeks for exercise Tropical Stor+
1305 NH90 TTH RN08: TBEA04, test serial F-ZKBA
RN08: Dec14 delivered by Airbus Helicopters as the 200th NH90; Feb15 operational+
RN08: 19sep15 pictured (pic1) at Kleine Brogel
RN08: Nov16 pictured (pic2) during Black Blade 2016 european exercise
Airbus Helicopters France F-ZKBA: NHI/Airbus Helicopters; Jan14 at Marignane; Sep14 still
wa 831 mk48 1975 RS01: Sea King Mk.48 ex G-BDNH, to Belgian Air Force Nov 1976 as RS01 with 40 Es+
RS01: From December 2008 preserved in - Brussel air museum -
RS01: 17dec08 RS01 last flight after 10585 flight hours
RS01: 11sep10 pictured preserved at Musee Royal de l Armee et d Histoire Militai+
wa 832 mk48 1976 RS02: 08apr76 first flight, ex G-BDNI/G17-2; 20may76 handed over, Crew on delive+
RS02: Jul80 pictured (pic1) at Koksijde SAR meeting
RS02: 23jul82 picture at Middle Wallop, UK
RS02: 17jul07 40sm. Operational Intergration Exercise, photo call
RS02: May09 BAF 40sm participated in SAR-Meet 2009 from Leeuwarden air base Neth+
RS02: 40Sq, noted 26 Aug 2009, visiting Manston
RS02: 02may12 visit Oxford (London) Airport
RS02: May 2012 visit to Oxford / Kidlington for participation in AirMed and Res+
RS02: 23jun12 at Florennes air show
RS02: 13jul13 pictured (pic2) at Valenciennes-Denain, France
RS02: 02sep13 makes its 3,000th scramble during an organ transport to Gent
RS02: 26jun15 pictured (pic3) at Semmerzake ATCC Open Door
wa 833 mk48 1976 RS03: Apr76 first flight, ex G-BDNJ/G-17-3; 28may76 handed over / Crew on deliv+
RS03: 06jul08 pictured at Kleine Brogel airbase (EBBL) during Defense days
RS03: 29aug13 taken out of service after severe metal fatigue was fount in the t+
RS03: Mar16 aircarft suffered metal fatigue but was set in operational condition+
wa 834 mk48 1976 RS04: 07may76 first flight, ex G-BDNK/G17-4; 14jul76 handed over, crew on deliv+
RS04: 26aug09 pictured (top) at Koksijde airbase
RS04: 03aug14 pictured (bot) at Koksijde
RS04: participant in International SAR meet 2014 in the Netherlands. Part of win+
RS04: 20may15 at Bevekom airshow, Beauvechain
RS04: 03mar16 out of order due to problems with the airframe structure. Repairin+
RS04: Aug16 back in service, tests autorotation
wa 835 mk48 1976 RS05: 07jun76 first flight, ex G-BDNL/G-17-5; 02jul76 handed over, crew on deliv+
RS05: 02aug94 pictured (top) at RAF St Mawgan, UK
RS05: Oct94 40sm. participated in SAR meet 94 from Leeuwarden air base Netherlan+
RS05: 24+25jul99 Fairford air show, UK
RS05: 18aug06 pictured (middle1) at Eastbourne, UK with 25 yrs cammo
RS05: Jun08 pictured (middle2) at SAR-MEET in Kiel-Holtenau, Germany. Special c/+
RS05: 03aug14 pictured (bot) at Koksijde
RS05: arrived 27 Jul for RNAS Culdrose Air Day, on 28 Jul 2016. Departed 29 Jul.
25 C/N found in this Organisation.

Operations

DatesOperation
14-nov-1602-dec-16 Black Blade 2016
20-may-1520-may-15 THPU 2015
22-sep-1425-sep-14NL SAR meet 2014
01-may-1202-may-12UK AirMed and Rescue 2012
17-may-1021-may-10 SAR meet 2010
may-09may-09NL SAR meet 2009
04-oct-9406-oct-94NL SAR meet 1994

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