News 08/08/2009

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News 08/08/2009

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

Time make us better (and maybe stronger) !

This week we focus on less glamorous but motivating activities.

The "Adopt an aircraft" team strike again. The next "victim" was the DC3. Helped by the Sabena team, the venerable Dakota was cleaned and is now bright in the sun. See more in the pictures and please JOIN THE TEAM.

There is currently absolutely no project to restore the Chipmunk of the Museum (except maybe for our great children as we have still a lot of work). However when Vincent discovered on ebay a part missing on this aircraft, we asked if there was a budget at the bamf and the part was quickly acquired. The spinner plate is currently stored with the bamf but will be offered to the Museum at the first good occasion.

We have regularly visitors of our restoration activities. The number is increasing since the LVG team operates on the wings on a regular basis at the first floor. Thanks to a brilliant idea of the management of the Museum, we started to reorganise the restoration aera and the result is more visitors every week in our paradise

On 01/08/2009, during the moving of the Battaille, we had the visit of Joël Premselaar, a US Navy pilot (from 1939), who served on USS Iowa during WW2 and later as a test pilot at China lake (see http://siris-archives.si.edu/ipac20/ipac.jsp?uri=full=3100001~!239311!0). Bart Vandamme, voorzitter of the Flanders Aviation Society was the guide of Joël. It was a great moment to listen Mr Premselaar talk about his experiences. Bart will publish in November a book the fastest men in the world (see more in new books) and invited Joël in Belgium.

On 08/08/2009, it was our colleagues of the Dutch Militair Luchtvaart Museum Soesterberg who come to Brussels to visit the Aviation hall but also the Tank Museum and discover Brussels from above. As some of them have 320 Sq connections, there were a lot of discussions about the B-25. Thanks Gerard for this nice day !

Philippe Deman and André Bar wrote and selected pictures for the biography of Leopold Heimes, the last Belgian of the Battle of Britain and a life long distinguished career in aviation. You can this document in the catalogue under the subtitle  Documents. on the site of the Belgians in RAF and SAAF (sponsored by the bamf). 
We are also happy to help the publication of the first chapter about "Les avions construits en Belgique" written by Charles Maly. Jean-Pierre send us numerous other chapters which we will publish soon.

A last word about two of our volunteers, Olivier and Jean-Paul. You will discover an always smiling Olivier (whatever is the problem) in the Tipsy pictures. In the past Olivier did a magnificent work on the Gipsy engines of the Dragon, today he demonstrate every Saturday his skills on the Mikron of the Tipsy. Jean-Paul is a expert in metalworking but you will discover him working on the wood of the LVG (I suspect Ferhat convinced him wood is more interesting that metal).Look at our pictures gallery


Adopt an aircraft
Royal Army Museum Air & Space Hall Brussels -
Aug 9, 2009 by bamf.bamrs
The DC3
The Royal Army Museum staff uses a new ecological product to clean the aircraft. A first positive test was performed in May 2009. 4 persons cleaned the F-16 (Total hours 20 hours). The method still need to be improved but you can already see the good results reached. There are opportunities for volunteers to join the team in close collaboration with the staff of the Museum. The F4 Phantom and the Saab Drakken are the next on the list to be cleaned. This is a good and simple way to learn ...

Aug 9, 2009 by bamf.bamrs
We have regularly visitors of our restoration activities.
01/08/2009 :Joël Premselaar, a US Navy pilot (from 1939), served on USS Iowa during WW2 later test pilot at China lake )
08/08/2009 : Our friends of the Dutch Militair Luchtvaart Museum Soesterberg.

Tipsy Trainer
Royal Army Museum - Air & Space Hall - Brussels - Aug 9, 2009
by bamf.bamrs
Here are some pictures taken during the restoration of the Tipsy. See more at http://users.skynet.be/BAMRS/tipsy/Tipsy-en.htm

LVG CVI 4981 restoration
Royal Army Museum Brussels -Aug 9, 2009 by bamf.bamrs

DH89 Dragon Rapide G-AKNV
Royal Army Museum - Air & Space Hall - Brussels -Aug 9, 2009
by bamf.bamrs
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

DH 98 Mosquito NF 30 RK952
Royal Army Museum - Air & Space Hall - Brussels -Aug 9, 2009
by bamf.bamrs
You can find more details on this project at http://users.skynet.be/BAMRS/mosquito/mosquito-en.htm
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Belgians in the RAF and SAAF 1940 - 1945 Catalog Leopold Heimes Biography


Avions construits en Belgique par Jean-Pierre Decocq & Charles Mali :

Sabca DP



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“De snelste mens ter wereld.”



Dit boek vertelt de geschiedenis van het absolute wereldsnelheidsrecord en van de eenentwintig piloten die met hun vliegtuigen tot het uiterste gingen om dit te bereiken.Het is een geschiedenis van vindingrijkheid, moed, doorzettingsvermogen en nationale trots!


Het eerste naoorlogse snelheidsrecord, een gemiddelde snelheid van 975 km/u, werd gevestigd op 7 november 1945, het laatste op 28 juli 1976. Op die dag vloog Kapitein Eldon Joersz aan boord van een spionagetoestel ruim 3500 km/u. De SR-71 Blackbird vloog toen een kilometer per seconde of vijfentachtig keer sneller dan de eerste recordhouder, luchtvaartpionier Alberto Santos Dumont, in 1906.


More information here



Special : la Saga du Renard R-31et et les Avions Renard pour 35 Euro au lieu de 53 au shop du Musée cet été


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.


Prerelease pdf

Current & Future Events



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Samedi 19 et dimanche 20 septembre Journées Européennes du Patrimoine : portes ouvertes dans les ateliers et réserves du musée.


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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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