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Embraer Emb.121 Xingu (121042)


Date: 02/05/1992

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: Skystef

Description: this factory fresh Embraer Xingu was on February 27 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 February 1981 after a three day ferry flight from São José dos Campos Airport (Brazil) as "PT-MBJ". 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. Here seen more than ten years after its delivery still in the same white Sabena livery with small "BLS-EAC" titles above the cheatline and "Burgerluchtvaart" titles in the tail.

Date: 30/07/1994

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: Skystef

Description: on September 3 1992 it went to Sky Freighters and on September 16 1993 to Sky-Service, both based at Wevelgem airport, here seen with the latter in their full livery.

Date: 07/2006

Location: STR/EDDS

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: after been stored for some time at Wevelgem airport it went on February 4 2002 to Airventure based at Antwerp airport and after the necessary works a few months later on June 19 ferried to its new home base where shortly afterwards it received an updated livery without titles, here seen such. Since 2005 it was for sale but no buyer was found and it continued operating for Airventure. After the company went of business in July 2009 it was shortly afterwards on September 10 of the same year transported on a trailer to  Dinan - Trélivan airport (France) where it became a source for spares.


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