Database of the 65 SV-4B airplanes, information and pics

All 65 airplanes were delivered at the airfield of Wevelgem or at the Elementary Flying School (EVS/EPE).The SV-4B airplane flow for training and/or glider towing missions on the following Belgian Air Force airfields:

Training : Goetsenhoven - Koksijde - Raversijde

Glider towing : Oostmalle - Chièvres - Bevekom - Brustem

Category of accidents :

Cat 1 small accident, only inspection of the airplane is needed
Cat 2 change of some parts is needed
Cat 3 serious accident, can be repaired in squadron
Cat 4 serious accident, need to be repaired at constructors workshop, and general inspection
Cat 5 too heavy accident, reparation is impossible, plane is used for spare parts

Other used abbreviations :

FF First Flight
TOC Taken On Charge
SOC Stricken Off Charge , often followed bij TT ...hours = Total hours
DD Delivery Date
TFD Transferred
ARS Arsenal (Stockage)
IRAN Inspect and Repair As Necessary
EVS Elementaire Vliegschool (Elemantary Flying School)
DEVS Detachment Elementaire Vliegschool

 

All 65 SV-4B got a V-number. For information and pictures of an airplane just click on its V-number. Red ones are for sale.

V1

V2

V3

V4

V5

V6

V7

V8

V9

V10

V11

V12

V13

V14

V15

V16

V17

V18

V19

V20

V21

V22

V23

V24

V25

V26

V27

V28

V29

V30

V31

V32

V33

V34

V35

V36

V37

V38

V39

V40

V41

V42

V43

V44

V45

V46

V47

V48

V49

V50

V51

V52

V53

V54

V55

V56

V57

V58

V59

V60

V61

V62

V63

V64

V65

       

All airplanes known as ''written off'' were used for spare part

 

Other SV-4B    
V66 478 1/01/1947 motor 4.Pei
      24/09/1948 F-BDBO Aeroclub Universitaire (Fr)
      14/11/1952 airplane written off at Chelles after 585 hours
      66 La Ferté Alais
      72 Written off and sold to UK
      29/03/1979 NIO24N
      20/12/1987 airplane bought by D. Cabooter for Antwerp Stampe Center
        equiped with Gipsy Major 10 engine
      2/05/1990 OO-GWA Karel Bos Silver Victory Antwerpen
        this SV 4B is painted as a former trainer of the BAF
        and got number V66 because it was not one of the originally
        65 air force trainers
         

The following airplanes were used for glider towing : V4 - V6 - V43 - V46 - V49 - V62 (Centre de Vol à Voile/Gliding Center), V24 - V28 - V33 - V34 - V35 (Vol à Voile/Gliding 1, 7 and 10 Wing), V36 (Gliding Center Fontainebleau). Probably also V16 (1 Wing), V40, V42, V51, V53 (7 Wing) and V39, V45 (Chièvres) were also used for glider towing, but only occasionally.

By the Belgian Air Cadets the following SV-4B airplanes were the last one used between 1970 and 1975 :
V 4 - 6 - 43 - 49 - 62
In 1975 they were replaced by a Piper L21 from Royal Airforce Netherlands, and sold by public auction

SV-4B airplanes lined up arirfield Goetsenhoven 1969

 

Great SV-4B split during training - airfield Goetsenhoven

 

Still excisting SV-4B airplanes

Number Registration Color Location
V4 OO EIR orange Antwerp (Belgium)
V5 OO PAX black - yellow Antwerp (Belgium)
V16 C GOMD red-yellow Canada
V18 OO GWD white-red "Les Manchots" Antwerp (Belgium)
V19 OO ROR silver Grimbergen (B)
V20 C GSLN red-yellow Canada
V21 OO SVG orange Koksijde (B)
V22     Ottawa Canada
V23 OO ESV orange Wevelgem (Belgium)
V26 OO SVH orange France
V27 D EIHD white-red Germany
V28   white-red "Les Manchots" Aviation Museum Belgium
V29 OO GWB silver Antwerp (Belgium)
V30 OO MON red-yellow Maubeuge (France)
V33   orange Aviation Museum  (Belgium)
V36 C-GSVB   Canada
V38 C GOCK yellow Canada
V41 OO LUK orange Zoersel (Belgium)
V42 OO WIL orange Antwerp (Belgium)
V43 OO SVB blue-silver Brustem (Belgium)
V47 OO MCI   Schaffen (B)
V48 OO PAM orange-green Antwerp (Belgium)
V49 OO SVA orange Diest (Belgium)
V52 OO BPL white Stampe Museum Belgium
V53 N25SV blue - white USA
V54 OO KRL   Schaffen (B)
V55 OO LEL   Wevelegem (B)
V56   orange Aviation Museum Brussels
V57 OO ATD white Aviation Museum Brussels
V58 D EBVV white-black-red Antwerpen (B)
V60 PH OPA light blue-green Netherlands
V61 MX457 RAF Camo United Kingdom
V62 OY DBC dark blue Denmark
V64   yellow-black"Les Manchots" 1WHC Beauvechain (Belgium)
V66 OO GWA orange Antwerp (Belgium)

   

SV-4B V20 (C-GSLN), V16 (C-GOMD) and V38 (C-GOCK) flying in Canada today   ( Coll. Clark Seaborn)

 

Database, history and gallery of the 65 airplanes that were used by the Belgian Air Force, and the still flying planes.
Acro Team "Les Manchots" , the SV-4B  airplanes they used, and the aces. Article of Dominique Hanson.
Crash report of the accident with SV-4b V43 in Twente (Netherland) in 1986 - Crash report of the accident with SV-4B V53 at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome New York (USA) in 2001 - SV-4B crashes in Belgium database of all Belgian SV-4B crashes
SV-4B with Blackburn Cirrus engine article of L. Wittemans.
Other types of SV airplanes and the LINK trainer , the other types of SV airplanes build bij Stampe Vertongen and an article about the LINK trainer, the first generation of flight simulators.
SV-4B OO-ATD and Divoy and Donnet, flight to freedom of Leon Divoy and Michel Donnet and SV-4B OO-ATD - SV-4B OO-ACB van Verbraeck en Reuter and their flight from France to Portugal in 1940
SV-4B V2 trip to Kamina (Congo) , in 1950 military pilot Manu Geerts had to deliver SV-4B V2 in Congo, Kamina. A trip of 10.578km, and 66 hrs flying time, article of R. Decobeck.
SV-4B in WWII in Africa , at the beginning of WWII 24 planes of the earlier SV-4B version airplanes, were transferred to Congo, at that time a Belgian Colony. This version had no closed canopy. An article of L. Wittemans.
Belgian Air Cadets , they used for several years the last military SV-4B airplanes.
SV links and other related links.

Reactions of SV-4B pilots, mistery photos and contact address

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