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News 18/04/2009

Hang gliding,


This week, the Jonathan is back from the Guy Englebert workshop. This aircraft is representative of the first modern hang gliders. In the years 1970’s, a few precursors invented a new way to practice aviation. We include pictures of the Jonathan, a link to a website about the birth of the hang gliders and a video depicting the early trials of these forerunners of the modern deltaplanes. The Jonathan will be the object of a study prior to a future restoration. This restoration is not for the near future as we have still a lot of project to complete before putting our hands on the Jonathan. 


Vincent found a website about the restoration of the PBJ-1J (the B-25 in service with the US Marine) of the Commemorative Air Force. 


You will find hereafter two video about aircraft manufacturing. One of these video (discovered by Philippe) shows the assembling of the Airbus A-340, the second is a short film about aircraft manufacturing in 1910. These two films demonstrate the progresses from experiment to an industry. 


You will also find a link to the index of bamm 141. This issue is the last one where Jacques Schelfaut acted as chief editor. Jacques is now taking a second retirement after producing some nice bamm’s.He will still be active at the Museum. It was (and it will always be) a pleasure to work with him. 


Hoping to see you soon. 


Thanks to Vincent & Philippe for information or links included in these ews. 




D'otreppe Glider Jonathan Livingston
Brussel Air Museum - Apr 19, 2009
Thanks to the Vissenaken team, the Jonathan is back at the Museum.
In March 2009, we visited the workshop of Guy Englebert where the Jonathan is stored. Guy planned to restore the glider but he cannot perform the task alone. The target of the visit was to check the state of wood structure as Guy has cleaned the old fabric. The airframe was found in good state with a few ribs broken during the transport but the Jonathan can now ferried back to the Museum. When back at home, our first task will to document the aircraft as no drawings nor documentation is know...


Tipsy Trainer
Royal Army Museum - Air & Space Hall - Brussels - Apr 19, 2009 by bamf.bamrs
Working on the trainer cowling and checking the Belfair fuselage.
Here are some pictures taken during the restoration of the Tipsy. See more at http://users.skynet.be/BAMRS/t ipsy/Tipsy-en.htm


Tipsy Nipper
Brussels Air Museum - Apr 19, 2009 by bamf.bamrs
Message from bamf.bamrs:Preparing the display

Day to Day
Brussels Air Museum - Apr 19, 2009 by bamf.bamrs
Pictures taken by Robert
Pictures taken during our Saturday activities


The hang gliding mayhem began 


In the years 1970's, a few US youg men reinvented the hang gliders. Using the techniques discovered by Chanute and Otto Lilienthal, they tried to fly. After some uncessfull experiments they finally fly with we know today as Deltaplanes. Amongst these peoples, Jack Lambie who inspired Bernard d'Otreppes for his Jonathan glider.
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At the Commemorative Air Force's repair hangar at Camarillo Airport, the clanking of tools fills the air. All around are antique military aircraft in various stages of repair. At the far end of this hangar, there's a plane bigger than the others — a 1944 B-25/PBJ Mitchell bomber.

There are many B-25 Mitchells in museums and flying in air shows around the world, but the PBJ model, a B-25 Mitchell owned by the Navy and flown by Marines, is a whole different story.

(found by Vincent)

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Aircraft Manufacturing 1910

YouTube - Aircraft Manufacturing 1910

Unidentified clip, possibly taken at the Voisin Aeroplane factory Billancourt, France and showing the construction of aircraft.


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YouTube Video - Assembling an Airbus A340 in 340 secondes 


A fantastic video received from Philippe describing the the entire construction process of an airbus in 340 seconds.  
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Otto Lilienthal Hang Glider Meet, May 23, 1971

Otto Lilienthal Hang Glider Meet, May 23, 1971


IA group of hang gliding enthusiasts from California got together and organised what became known as the 'Otto Lilienthal Anniversary Hang Glider Meeting'.(to celebrate Otto's 123rd birthday) The event took place on the 23rd May 1971 and attracted well over fifty pilots from all over America. It was held in the city of Newport Beach on a hill above Crona Del Mar, California. (from http://www.british-hang-gliding-history.com/1971/pics/otto-meet-usa-71.html )
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In search of


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Seversky P-35 in Brussels.
Le Seversky P-35 a semble-t-il été présenté en Belgique fin des années 1930.  Quelqu'un a-t-il plus de précisions quant à cette présentation ?  Dans quel cadre, lieu (Aér Evere ?), dates, etc ???
De Seversky P-35 werd blijkbaar in België voorgesteld, zo rond einde v/d jaren 1930.  Heeft er iemand meer info over die voorstelling ?  In welk kader, waar (vliegveld Evere ?), datum, enz ??
The Seversky P-35 has seemingly been presented in Belgium sometime around the late 1930's.  Does anyone have more information about this presentation ?  In which circumstances, location (Evere airfield ?), dates, etc ???

Many Thanks ! D. Waelkens Didier.waelkens@skynet.be




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Aeroplane Magazine - History in the Air


Destiny at Dübendorf — The Zürich International Flying Meeting of 1937. The last Aeroplane Monthly contains a very interesting article about the Dubendorf meeting where Belgian Fairey Foxes were present.


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Brussels Air Museum Magazine 141 published and index updated

This issue is the last one where Jacques Schelfaut acted as chief editor. It contains articles about the making of the de Caters, news of the Museum and the end of the article on the South pole expedition.

Jacques is now taking a second retirement after producing some nice bamm’s.He will still be active at the Museum. It was (and it will always be) a pleasure to work with him.  

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bamf & bamrs diary Belgium Through Blue Eyes by Daniel Brackx

Comopsair & FONAVIBEL are pleased to present "Belgium Through Blue Eyes", a luxurious publication made by the journalist and photographer Daniel Brackx, specialized in aviation. "Belgium Through Blue Eyes" is a publication (hardcover), trilingual (french, Dutch, English), which paints a portrait of the Air Component of National Defense, present and future through photographs. Every aspect, apparatus and missions of the air component is included in this book of over 180 pages. The photos used - some of which have been specially built for this project - from experienced photographers. "Belgium Through Blue Eyes" will be officially presented during the airshow of Koksijde, 4 & 5 July 2009. The book can be ordered from FONAVIBEL at a price of 25 euro (excluding postage).  




This site propose the books of our friends Erik Moombeek & Jean-Louis Roba as well as others interesting books
Je vous informe de la mise en ligne d'un nouveau siteweb consacré à la diffusion de livres à thématique historique ainsi qu'une possibilité de conseil pour un projet d'édition.
Voici déjà une première présentation, le siteweb évoluera ultérieurement ... http://www.histoire-et-memoire.com/ Laurent BAILLEUL


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The Voisin de Caters, the making of

Click on the links This booklet of 46 pages describes the construction of the replica of the Voisin biplane of Pierre de Caters at the Royal Army Museum Air & Space Hall in Brussels.

This pioneer aircraft celebrate the first Belgian pilot.

This publication contains more that 100 illustrations most of them in color.

All the benefits of this book will be used for future aircraft restoration

Prerelease pdf      

 Support independent publishing: buy this book on Lulu.

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The Voisin de Caters by Dragan Saler

Since many years now, Dragan Saler help us by producing 3D drawings of aircraft we are restoring. For the Voisin de Caters, Dragan produced 38 pieces of art. These drawings were intensively used as reference during the manufacturing of the aircraft and constantly updated during the project. This luxurious edition is available in very limited edition (40) for our sponsors.


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Current & Future Events


Stockel 100e anniversaire de l'arrivée du Tram 
May 8th, 9th, 10th 2009 
Bleriot Olieslagers display   
  Aviation Aces 
November 13, 2008  until end of april 2009  
 See more at Museum Agenda
De Caters exhibition at the Museum

15.10.2008 - 28.02.2009

In the magical setting of the Royal Museum of the Army, the exhibition shows how many authors have drawn inspiration from history and military techniques.  In visiting the exhibition, the public will go through all the collections of the Museum.  Visitors will discover original and amusing showcases of items of the collections and how they are reflected in the comic strips.  The two dimensions of the comic strip are thus juxtaposed to the real world.
Royal Museum of the Army and of Military History
Parc du Cinquantenaire, 3
1000 Brussels


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