Stampe-Vertongen SV.4

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Role Two-seat trainer
Manufacturer Stampe et Vertongen
Designer George Ivanov
First flight 1933
Introduction 1947 (Belgian Air Force)
Retired 1975
Status Privately owned, or in museums
Primary user French Air Force
Number built 1050

The Stampe et Vertongen SV.4 (also known incorrectly as the Stampe SV.4 or just Stampe) is a Belgian two-seat trainer/tourer biplane designed and built by Stampe et Vertongen. The aircraft was also built under licence in France and French Algeria.


Stampe & Vertongen SV-4A OO-GWC
Lynn Garrison SV.4C painted for Cliff Robertson film project, Weston, Ireland, 1969
Stampe & Vertongen SV-4B V4
Stampe & Vertongen SV-4C OO-SPM
Stampe & Vertongen SV-4E OO-KAT
Nord_Stampe_SV4A_serial_219, North Island, New Zealand

The SV.4 was designed as a biplane tourer/training aircraft in the early 1930s, by Stampe et Vertongen in Antwerp. The first model was the SV.4A, an advanced aerobatic trainer, followed by the SV.4B with redesigned wings and the 130 hp/97 kW de Havilland Gipsy Major engine.

Only 35 aircraft were built before the company was closed during the Second World War. After the war the successor company Stampe et Renard built a further 65 aircraft between 1948 and 1955 as trainers for the Belgian Air Force.

A licensed SV.4C version was built in France by SNCAN (Société Nationale de Constructions Aéronautiques du Nord), and in Algeria by Atelier Industriel de l'Aéronautique d'Alger, the two firms completing a combined total of 940 aircraft. The postwar SV.4Cs were widely used by French military units as a primary trainer. Many also served in aero clubs in France, numbers of which were later sold second hand to the United Kingdom and other countries. The Rothmans Aerobatic Team flew SV.4C aircraft from 1970 to 1973.[1]


aerobatic trainer with 140 hp/104 kW Renault 4P-O5 engine
improved version with 130 hp/97 kW de Havilland Gipsy Major I. Postwar trainers for the BAF were fitted with more powerful Cirrus Major or Gipsy Major X engine
licence-built version with 140 hp/104 kW Renault 4Pei engine
one aircraft re-engined with 175 hp/130 kW Mathis G.4R engine

A few SV.4s have been fitted with other engines, such as the Lycoming O-320, Ranger 6 or LOM 332b. At least one aircraft fitted with a Lycoming engine (OO-KAT) has been referred to by its owners as an SV.4E.[2]

Military operators[edit]

 Belgian Congo
 United Kingdom

Specifications (Post-War SV.4B)[edit]

Data from Factory drawings and [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 6.8 m (22 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.385 m (27 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 2.775 m (9 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 18.06 m2 (194.4 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 520 kg (1,146 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 770 kg (1,698 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × de Havilland Gipsy Major X 4-cylinder air-cooled inverted in-line piston engine, 108 kW (145 hp)
or Blackburn Cirrus Major III
  • Propellers: 2-bladed fixed-pitch propeller


  • Maximum speed: 188 km/h (117 mph, 102 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 140 km/h (87 mph, 76 kn)
  • Range: 420 km (260 mi, 230 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 6,000 m (20,000 ft)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

Related lists


  1. ^ "Rothmans Aerobatic Team". ADM. Retrieved 2023-12-13.
  2. ^ Stampe & Vertongen museum Archived 2007-07-17 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ OO-ATD and the flight to freedom

Further reading[edit]

  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
  • Pacco, John. "Stampe & Vertongen SV-4B" Belgisch Leger/Armee Belge: Het Militair Vliegwezen/l'Aeronautique Militaire 1930-1940. Aartselaar, Belgium, 2003, pp. 85–86. ISBN 90-801136-6-2.