Douglas C-54A Skymaster / DC-4

Douglas C-54A Skymaster KX-1

Douglas C-54A Skymaster / DC-4

Four engine transport/passenger aircraft

In 1950 the Belgian Air Force acquired a Douglas C54A-10-DC Skymaster from Sabena to improve passenger conditions on the link to and from the Belgian Congo. In 1954 a second aircraft was bought from S.A.S. this being a DC-4-1009. With the appearance in 1958 of the larger C-118 (DC-6) both aircraft were mainly used as pure freighters.  Both aircraft operated by the Melsbroek based 21st Squadron of the 15th Transport wing were withdrawn from use in 1971 and although both survived for some years (KX-1 at Torhout, KX-2 at Southend (U.K.) they finally were scrapped.


Type Serial c/n Date In Date Out History
C-54A-10-DC KX-1 10326 Nov 1950 Jan 1971 42-72221 (USAAF°, Bu No 39173 (Douglas R5D-1, US Navy), NC49539, OO-CBS, KX-1/OT-CWU, Torhout (storage), scrapped
DC-4-1009 KX-2 42987 May 1954 Apr 1971 OY-DFO, KX-2/OT-CWV, LN-TUR (ntu), G-AZSI, GM-791UR, used for fire fighting practice at Southend and scrapped.


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