Westland Sea King MK48 RS04

Historic Helicopters own the last two Westland Sea King Mk-48 helicopters (RS02 and RS04) from Koksijde airbase. The other three aircraft are on display in museums in Brussels and Koksijde and in the aviation school in Ostend. This means that all five Belgian Sea Kings are now saved and not sold for parts.

RS02 and RS04 are an ex Belgian Air Force Sea King MK48. The Sea King served the Belgian Air Force from 1976 until March 2019. The primary role was conducting SAR.

Westland Sea King MK48
To replace the successful Sikorsky S58 in the Search and Rescue role the Belgian Air Force ordered five Westland Sea King Mk48 helicopters in April 1975. In the first phase all aircraft were used for training at RNAS Culdrose before being delivered to Koksijde on 8 November 1976. Since being declared operational the number of successful lifesaving Sea King interventions has never stopped increasing. The Sea King managed a total of 3309 SAR interventions, 1757 persons saved and a total of 60.000 flying hours.
Historic Helicopters is a hugely enthusiastic team of people who live and work to preserve historic helicopters. Over the years, they have already proven that they are capable of achieving the impossible. Witness to this are their Whirlwind Mk10, Navy Wessex Mk5 and the 3 Sea Kings they already own. They are in excellent and flying condition. Historic helicopters is a non profit organisation focused on charity..
The goal is to present historical helicopters to a wide audience in the UK and Europe.
Historic helicopters want to let people experience the experience of these exceptional aircraft. We want to bring the aircraft to the people and let them enjoy the stories behind these aircraft and their sometimes epic missions that they have flown. I’m convinced our team is the only one in the world in private ownership that can accomplish this tribute to the Sea King and SAR community.
1975-12-16
Registered as G-BDNK Dec 1975, prior to export.
1976-05-07
First flight, ex G-BDNK/G17-4
1976-07-14
Handover, crew: Cdr.R.Orbie, 1Lt.R.Raes, 1Lt.V.Nicolai, Sgt.D.Provoost
1987-10-08
Visit Bentwaters 40 Squadron 
2009-08-26
Koksijde airbase
2014-08-03
Koksijde Fly-in
2014-09
Participated in International SAR in Netherlands.  Winning team.
2015-05-20
Bevekom airshow, Beauvechain
2016-03-03
Out of order. Problems with airframe structure. Repair at Koksijde
2016-08
Back in service, tests autorotation
2019-05
For sale at Koksijde AB
2021-10-21
Stop at Leonardo, on their way to their new home at Historic H