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News 15/06/2009
Before the Summer,

There is still some works in the tube but progress are recorded everywhere.

Nicolas is preparing the sortie of the fuselage of the Dragon Rapide. He is now working on the wing cabling the reunite the wings and the fuselage as soon as the fuselage will be out of the workshop.

Vincent is the finishing the wings of the first Tipsy. The target is still to complete this aircraft of the autumn of this year. Marc, Robert and Henry (and others when they are there) are now working on the wings of the second Tipsy.

The Fairey Battle documentation received from our friends from the Medway Society (thanks to Nicolas) is under printing. This a long and time consuming work as we speak about thousand of pages describing in detail the in deep restoration of the Battle of the RAF Museum.

The Jonathan is now documented. The airframe was stored this Saturday. There is no plan currently to start the restoration but the file is ready including pictures, a budget and a basic schedule for a restoration.

Old friends are back. Olivier is back with us. He will work on the Walter Mikron acquired thanks to the Museum for the second Tipsy.

Eric found a solution to jack the Hawker Hurricane and the Fairey Battle. We lost a lot of time searching in the manuals of the aircraft but finally examining pictures we discovered the needed tool isavaillable at the Museum and pictures demonstrated us how to perform this task needed to preserve the tires.

André Filée and Jean Robert completed the first phase of the educational display and put it in place. André look and need Volunteers for the educational duties. There is no special skills needed except passion for flight. If you are interested please contact us. The team is also planing to celebrate the first lunar landing in July. If you can help, we are welcome.

As the Dragon will go out of the workshop there is will be a real ballet in the work aera in front of the workshop. This is the good occasion to clean the space and arrange the exhibits to permit to visitors to better see what('s the heel) we are doing. The operation started 3 month ago but significant changes will be seen in the coming weeks.

The Museum started to install new aircraft enclosures on the first floor. The result is beautiful.

This Saturday, the Fonds National Alfred Renard had his annual meeting. Some important progresses on the R-31 replica were recorded. The first wing is ready and the works on the fuselage is progressing well.

This week we had also our regular meeting with the authorities of the Museum. The priorities were discussed and the right decisions taken.

Last but not least, last year, the Brussels Air Museum fund received a huge collection of films from Mrs Delbaere. It was complicated and time consuming to find a way to convert these film to a digital media but the first conversion is now completed. The two first film are about a camp period of the 5th squadron from Nivelles in 1938 and another film about the Belgian air arm in 1940. More films are in the tube.

Please do not forget the Museum is looking for volunteers for cleaning the aircraft, no skill is needed except passion. If you are interested please contact us.

Please note next week (June 20th & 21st), it will an exhibition about Pierre de Caters in La Hulpe.

In the links, a dream machine discovered by Vincent and a paper scale model discovered by Gliding Bob.

Who say this Museum was sleeping ?

You are welcome every Saturday to visit our workshop. Hoping to see you soon

The Hangar Rats

Pictures collections

Educational display
Educational display by André & Jean in place at the entry of the Museum
Royal Army Museum Air and Space Hall, -Jun 13, 2009

Progress at the Museum
New aircraft enclosure on the 1st floor
Royal Army Museum Air and Space Hall, Brussels, Belgium -Jun 13, 2009

DH89 Dragon Rapide G-AKNV
Nicolas working on the wings cables to prepare the fuselage sortie.
Royal Army Museum - Air & Space Hall - Brussels -Jun 13, 2009
Pictures of the restoration of one of the oldest resident at the Royal Army Museum - Air & Space Hall in Brussels (Brussels Air Museum). More about this restoration at http://users.skynet.be/BAMRS/dh89/dh89-en.htm

D'otreppe Glider Jonathan Livingston
Jonathan study completed and the airframe stored
Royal Army Museum - Air & Space Hall - Brussels -Jun 13, 2009 by bamf.bamrs

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...

Day to Day
Olivier is back, Cleaning the work aera, First film of the Delbaere collection converted to digital format
Royal Army Museum Air and Space Hall Brussels -Jun 13, 2009
Pictures taken during our Saturday activities




" Earth Challenge " constitue un défi hors normes : Parcourir en ULM une distance record de 27 mille kilomètres entre le Sud de l'Australie et Bruxelles. Un voyage de deux mois effectué à bord de quatre " Coyote RANS S6 ", appareils ultra-fiables faits de tubes d'aluminium et de toile permettant du vol à basse altitude, des atterrissages en zones naturelles. Ces ULM sont peu polluant. Toutefois dans la philosophie développée par " Earth Challenge " et selon le principe du " pollueur-payeur " les équipiers verseront leur contribution " pollution " à une association de type " Action carbone " (action menée par l'association " goodplanet " de Yann-Arthus Bertrand). Ces ULM ont été construit à l'aérodrome de Cerfontaine avec l'aimable collaboration de la direction de Gravity Park. -

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L'été au château de La Hulpe Les 20 et 21 juin, le parc et le château Solvay à La Hulpe accueilleront la 2ème édition d'une manifestation dédiée aux énergies, économies d'énergie, aux matériaux de construction économiseurs d'énergie, mobilité, véhicules propres,... mais aussi la promotion du patrimoine régional. Au programme : balades "nature", animations pour les enfants, visite du château, exposition sur l'aviateur Pierre de Caters, chasse au trésor, concerts et feu d'artifice en soirée. Toutes les activités et les entrées sont gratuites à l'exception de l'entrée à la Fondation Folon. Horaire : de 10h à 19h

Thanks Vincent

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Renard-Monoplane | Aircraft | Fiddlersgreen.net.. 3 FREE downloadable cardmodels models for new visitors

Renard-Monoplane - $3.50 The R.17 was a high-wing cantilever monoplane, the cantilever wing an unusual feature when most contempary aircraft still had braced wings. Designed as a high-speed transport for fresh flowers no aircraft were ordered and the only R.17 was retained by the company till 1946

Thanks to Gliding Bob

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"Passionné de sports extrêmes, Stéphane Rousson a participé activement au développement de l’amélioration de la glisse au sein d’équipes de snowboard de haut niveau. Très vite, il s’intéresse aux évolutions technologiques dans les secteurs de l’aviation et de la navigation. Il se passionne alors pour un élément tout aussi exigeant que la montagne: l’air, et il obtient un brevet de pilote privé. Sa rencontre avec l’ingénieur polytechnicien Didier Costes et l’architecte Jean-Marc Geiser fut déterminante pour le lancement de ce projet peu banal de ballon à pédales."

Thanks to Vincent

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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).  




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

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 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
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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