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Embraer Emb.121 Xingu (121040)


Date: 31/01/1981

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: this factory fresh Embraer Xingu was on February 5 1981 registered to the Belgian State, department Ministry of Communications, for Ecole d’Aviation Civile / Burgerlijke Luchtvaartschool (founded in May 1952) but operated by Sabena and based at Brussels Airport. It arrived at its home base by the end of January 1981 as "PT-MBH" being the first one to arrive (the first airframe OO-SXA had some technical issues arriving a week later) during a six day ferry flight from São José dos Campos Airport. Here it's seen still with its ferry registration in a white Sabena livery with small "EAC-BLS" titles above the cheatline and "Aeronautique Civile" titles in the tail.

Date: 07/1990

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: depicted almost ten years later in the same outfit with Belgian registation. After the Belgian State ended its financial support on December 31 1989, Sabena was on January 12 1990 authorized to continue these kind of operations by creating a few weeks later on January 26 a 100% subsidiary of Sabena called the Belgian Aviation School (B.A.S.), based at Grimbergen airfield. But this airframe operated from Brussels Airport, officially being transferred to B.A.S. on January 15 1991.

Date: 23/04/1993

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: Skystef

Description: on March 11 1993 it went to Airventure, created on May 18 1989 and based at Antwerp airport, here seen such in their livery with tail titles. On June 14 2002 it was ferried to Brussels Airport for a revision of its engines which never materialized and later on January 22 2005 its fuselage arrived (after wings and tail arrived a few weeks earlier) on a trailer at Antwerp airport for permanent storage inside the owners hangar. After Airventure went out of business in July 2009 it left the same year on September 9 on a trailer to  Dinan - Trélivan airport (France) where it became a source for spares.


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