Was it the big week ?
Everything started at full boast on the Sunday with 15th Wing Open door in Melsbroek at the occasion of the 60 th
anniversary of the unit.
We were present near the B-25 Mitchell of our friends from Netherland. It was a perfect time to speak about our common addiction : The Mitchell ... and to talk about future projects together. We had also a lot of visitors and interesting contacts (including the Minister of Defence and the Chief of Staff of Comopsair).
was excellent. Sorry very few pictures of the C-130 but we were not taking
pictures during their demonstrations, we were hypnotised by the shows.
Last but not least, the Westland Lysander OO-SOT of our colleagues of the Sabena oldtimers was displayed with her wings for the first time since her successfully restoration. Really a masterpiece. You can find hereafter a video showing the Lizzie travelling in Melsbroek.
The Lizzie had the honours of "Le Fana" and "Aeroplanes Monthly". These newspapers published pictures taken during the airport open door in June and sent by the Bamf. A good example of the excellent collaboration between the bamf and the oldtimers and thanks to our contacts in the international press, these newspapers and some other ones transmitted their congratulations to the SOT.
Some interesting links about Sabena are included in the current edition.
You can also find a new link about Buck Danny sent by Serge who continue to inform us about Comic strips. The comic strips page on www.bamf.be is now updated as well as the page about the drawings of André. In the coming weeks, there will be a massive upgrade of this page at
Jean-Luc Beghin wrote an article in Aviasport (September 2008) about "Dédé" Hauet. Note this issue is not yet displayed on Aviasport website.
And ! You will find in October the 2009 Sabena Nostalgia calendar. Each month is illustrated by aircraft flow by the company and pictures of air hostesses in the various uniforms of theses angels. The Calendar will be available at the shop of the Museum at the cost of 10 Euro.
A new book on Pierre de Caters is in the pipeline. 'Baron de Caters - Een leven vol beweging’ by Guy de Caters will officially be published on December 8th (a magnificent sinterklas gift) by the Heemkring De Drie Rozen. The book will contain around 120 pages in 21 x 29,7 cm format. This biography of the first Belgian aviator is written be a relative of Pierre de Caters and contains documents from the familly archives never published before. One of the most renowned specialist of pioneers aviation collaborated in this project.
You can already order your copy. To 1/11/2008 by bank transfer of 14,50 EUR to bank account 220-0416080-83 of Heemkring De Drie Rozen vzw, Kerkstraat 41-45, 2970 ‘s-Gravenwezel. After 1/11/2008, the price will be 19,50 EUR. In both case, please add 3,50 EUR (for Belgium) for postage cost.
Full details at http://www.asa-be.com/Files/BookDecaters.pdf thanks to Dirk
A new book is also just published about the famous Poncelet company. More details will follow.
On the 12/09/2008 the Westland Lysander OO-SOT of the Sabena oldtimers was moved to the Melsbroek air base for the 15th Wing Open door. The Lysander had just received his wings after a full restoration in the expert hands of the Sabena Oldtimers Foundation team. Video by Christian Petit
SE 210-6N caravelle OO-SRA52
Aviation comic strips by Serge Colin
Sabena gallery on Flickr
Sabena gallery on Flickr
Zaventem 18th October 2008
Hello everyone !
The next edition of the BRUCONVENTION will take place on in the usual location in Zaventem.
If you want more information, visit the website www.bruconvention.be
To book a table, simply send an email to this address : firstname.lastname@example.org
See you soon in Zaventem !
A B-25 back in Belgium
We would like to reinforce the B-25 restoration Team.
For this purpose, the bamf is currently contracting insurance for 12 restorers. The restoration activities have already started and will soon enter greater scale operations. Although we are looking for persons with technical knowledge in aircraft restoration, we want also give the opportunity to unexperienced volunteers to join the project on a benevolent basis.
If you are motivated to work on a WW2 aircraft, please contact Nicolas at email@example.com
You can learn more about the project at http://www.bamfbamrs.be/B25/B25-en.htm
Brussels Air Museum Foundation a.s.b.l.
c/o Royal Army Museum
Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark, 3