The size of the Luxembourg Army peaked in 1954 when the Regimental Tactical Group (French: Groupement Tactique Régimentaire - GTR) was established as Luxembourg's contribution to NATO. Focussing on giving the GTR some additional means for liaison, surveillance and observation, the Light Aviation Section (Section d'Aviation Légère) was created (1957-1967). In the framework of the Mutual Defense Assistance Program (MDAP), 3 liaison aircraft PIPER L-18C were delivered to the Luxembourg Army and registered as LX-FAA, LX-FAB and LX-FAC.
On 9 July 1964, LX-FAB crashed at the ELSENBORN training ground in Belgium. The pilot Sgt Willy WELBES suffered severe and the observer minor injuries.
On February 15, 2017 AMNHM-Secretary Roland RACH had organised a meeting at the museum, looking to collect all possible information on those Piper aircraft as well as on pilots and other personnel attached to the SAL. One of the participants was Mr WELBES who surprised Roland RACH by offering to the museum a frame with an original piece of the fuselage skin lettering FAB.
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