The Corona (Covid-19) pandemic closed society down for over 2+ years, including museums and crowd-gathering events. So glad we could enjoy this fly-in again!
An overdue revisit to this inspireing well of aviation history.
Compare its progress with this 2003 photo of mine:
VISITS TO THE AVIODROME OVER THE YEARS, AT RANDON OR FOR SPECIAL EVENTS
A new investor, the Libéma Group, made it possible for the Aviodrome to reopen its doors on 28Apr2012.
A large fence dividing the area in halves has disappeared; much work has gone in freeing more area for people to walk and do a circular route instead of having to walk back the same path. A nice viewing area where one can watch planes land or take from Lelystad's runway has been resurrected.
More photos taken during my visit this day can be seen on my Flickr pages.
A bit of recent history!
The business-to-business formula of the new company did not work out; the budget planning for 2011 was not realistic on the first place (imo). KLM, part of the Air France - KLM Group, took economic measures in the face of a continued recession and pulled the plug: it refused to finance the museum's losses showing at the end of 2011.
On Friday 23Mar12 the Dutch Libéma Groep acquired the Aviodrome
The deHavilland Dove 'PH-MAD' has been moved indoors, after having been displayed outside for a few years.
A forward fuselage of a Dove has been added, marked with the name of Martinair Founder, J.M.Schröder.
Martinair, named Martin's Air Charter then, was founded in 1958 and the Dove featured a major role in the early period.
An exhibition on Martinair was opened by Martin Schröder on 30Jun11, also looking back on the years of flying
passengers which is to end in four months when Martinair will be reduced to a freight airline.
Identity of this forward fuselage as yet unknown to me.
PH-NFH is an Auster J.1 (Mk.5) Autocrat (c/n 1845).
Philips of Eindhoven, Netherlands (famous for their lightbulbs and televisions, had its own set of planes.
Frits Philips flew this Auster and PH-NFH started the use of corporate aircraft for the Philips company.
Fokker S-12 PH-NDC. This S-12 was a prototype, developed from the successful S-11.
On this visit I was accompanied by Neil Aird, expert on the deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver (www.dhc-2.com)
DHC-2 JZ-PAD c/n 1288; www.dhc-2.com/cn951.html
Lambach H.11 PH-APZ; replica of original PH-APZ built in 1937 and destroyed at Ypenburg in May 1940.
Built by the Technical University (TU) Delft 1989-1995, first flight 18Sep95, participated at various
air shows but maintenance issues grounded it in 1997. Used by TU-Delft's 'Leonardo da Vinci' students
for various research including vibration; gets a lot of 'TLC'!
We were fortunate to witness the departure of the unique Douglas DC-2 'PH-AJU' Uiver, leaving to attend
an air show in Austria. Unfortunately the Aviodrome is not allowed to sell seats on this vintage propliner.
A brief visit, to open the 2010 season so to speak, to the Aviodrome aviation museum.
The Stearman-Hammond Y -project was always meant to be on a slow burner, but meanwhile some progress has been made, as one can see by the skin repairs (photo right).
The best news I got this visit
was the progress on the Noorduyn Norseman here...
Meanwhile, the foundation 'Friends of the Aviodrome' have purchased in the US the remains of a Cessna Bobcat; the previous owner had lost faith in rebuilding it and this will be another new project here for the upcoming years.
The hangar also had DC-2 'PH-AJU' and DC-3 PH-DDZ in various stages of undress...
Index page for Aviodrome links on this website