An overdue revisit to this inspireing well of aviation history.
Alas, long gone are the big manifestations such as air shows here at Lelystad Airport, with many DC-3s and other vintage planes gathering here, but as I found today, the heartbeat is strong here and many dedicated enthusiasts are working on various promising projects.
I concluded, after my guided tour, that the T2 Hangar here at the Aviodrome has elevated itself from the general
toolsheds of similar restorations
elsewhere on this globe.
Those Norseman bushplanes that still fly have had so many modifications, that they all seem different in close-up.
The progress on the Noorduyn Norseman project is slow (perhaps even tedious to an outsider) because it takes time to find the required parts all over the world and overhaul after purchase here is precise, methodical and
Actually, the aforementioned is only scratching at the surface of this unique restoration, because much of this Noorduyn's design (e.g. electrical schematics) has not survived on paper and these diagrams are compiled or newly drawn up here for this project.
Parts are labelled, drawings compared to components and vice versa, stored according to present day regulations.
On face value the meticulous work here in the T2 hangar it is easily overlooked or underestimated.
Parts and regular visits see Canada perhaps featured the most, but parts as well as specialist help is found all over the
world, including New Zealand and Britain.
The smell of problem-solving is also strong here, as I was pointed out to someone welding a tool to manoeuvre and park a DC-3 wing; this is very important with space being scarce and preventing any damage or safety infringement.
has been made to fit the instruments, there is no standard to this. When all is fitted, completed and tested the real thing will be tailor-made to minute detail.
To show some actual progress
Compare its progress with this 2003 photo of mine:
The Fokker D.VII was a favorite of German fighter pilots during World War I (1914-1918).
Both Allied and German forces experimented with unusual camouflage paint schemes on their aircraft throughout the war.
The wing is of another restoration project, of a deHavilland DH.9. The horizontal stibilizer can be seen with that lamp.
Woodworkers and seamstresses can practice their timeless craft here to their heart's delight!
In due course the D.VII will be registered PH-AJW.
My Aviodrome 2014 has a Fokker D.VII (Replica) shown, with registration '256' and named 'Fiets van Messel'.
But that PH-LVA is a single seater, this two-seater D.VII is more rare.
A lot of projects here captured in one image..
The wing could be of the deHavilland DH.9 project - early days!
In november 2016 the Aviodrome received a container containing new plane wings and tail parts plus an original undercarriage of a deHavilland DH-9.
was the first passenger plane owned by KLM and these parts originate from the United States where they had been built by the 'Cradle of Aviation Museum'.
I have Gert van Pelt to thank for the link to this (NL) article:
Aviodrome also posted photos of this project last month on their FB page
DC-3 'Doornroosje' was brought to here on a barge most of the way. MY REPORT
And yes, restoration continues but it is step-by-step all of the way.
Piper J3C Cub, N16623 / 4740 and DC-2 'PH-AJU'
To start the engine takes a little work as it isn't equipped with an electric starter: you have to swing the prop!
The last flight of N16623 before preservation was in march 1988, in Californië. After it was acquired it made
its first post restoration flight on 21Mar2009.
This Piper Cub was built in 1940 and delivered on July 09th
saw mainly use as a trainer.
The Grumman Tracker has spent much of his life as an instructional airframe with the ROC training institute.
It is also a project of restoration, as a static display but quite a lively one. On a display all such a vintage
plane can do is the proud roar of its engines. But this one will show the folding of its wings, open and close
of its bomb bays as well as deploy the surveillance boom. The exterior will also be brought to a fine display standard.
At the ROC there was also this display of schematics. Some of the parts on this board can be moved
to show their function. On the top one may be able to read 'BOMB BAY DOORS'
and further down 'WING FOLD'.
I had not yet seen this '100 JAAR M.L.D.' (2017) display in the Aviodrome yet.
The 'Marineluchtvaartdienst' (Netherlands Air Arm of the Navy) was founded on 18Aug1917.
I had seen the slow progress of the Spyker V.2
restoration in Aviodrome's T2 hangar over the years, but what a fine result!
It was little more than a tube frame in 2014, see my page.
The Spijker V.2 (sometimes anglicized to Spyker V.2 or Spyker-Trompenburg V.2) was a low powered, tandem seat biplane designed and built for the Dutch government for pilot training towards the end of World War I. More than seventy were built.
The Spyker V.2 was the only aeroplane of Dutch design built in numbers during WWI. When the Dutch Aviation Dept. found they needed in 1917 a new flight trainer, they turned to Trompenburg, who had previously assembled various types of aircraft designed by (e.g.) Farman and Nieuport.
The Trompenburg-Spyker V.2 was a convential biplane, seating two with dual controls. The engine was a Thulin A delivering 80hp, which had been bought in Sweden (also declared neutral from the ongoing war).
Spyker V.2, C 16
In the back is a Fokker S.11 (the tail lifted up); featured further down this page is a Fokker S.12, the PH-NDC.
In the middle is DH.82A Tiger Moth (A-38) and on the right is a Harvard, named Cathy, detailed below.
The DC-3 PH-TCB (far right) had to move a little to make place for this fine Marineluchtvaartdienst tribute.
This particular Harvard, FT228, started service with the VVO in july 1947 and based at Woensdrecht, registered B-73. This tailnumber was not found on the aircraft, but after removal of the yellow paint the original war serial FT228 was discovered.
In 1951 it was transferred to the Luchtmacht Electronische School (LETS) in Deelden, for educational purposes. In 1952 it was handed over to the TU Delft, for gravity tests and for this it remained whole and complete.
In 1983 the TU Delft handed this Harvard as a gift to the Aviodome at Schiphol IAP, where the name 'Cathy' was applied, in honour of Catherine O' Brien; she was a female aviation engineer as well as an aviator, who tragically got killed in an aircrash in England.
In 2003 it was part of the move to Lelystad and the newly named Aviodrome and has again joined the exhibition.
Van Berkel WA
- what an amazing result if you compare the stages in 2009 and 2014 !!!
Wilhelm van Berkel (Rotterdam, 05Feb1868) was the son of an inn keeper, brother of a butcher and he had a passion
for all things mechanical and technical. He became financially succesful with some of his inventions.
During WWI the company also manufactured guns and ammunition for the Dutch Army.
As a logical step in 1918 a start was made building aerolanes. There was support by the Dutch Government.
The factory was found at the Keileweg 9 in Rotterdam. The first order was to built, by license, 35 Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 seaplanes for the Air Arm of the Dutch Navy (Marineluchtvaartdienst). The first flight was
in 1919 and was named W-A.
These were used both in Holland as well as in the Dutch Indies and were flown until 1933.
The Sikorsky H-5, (initially designated R-5 and also known as S-48, S-51 and by company designation VS-32) was a helicopter built by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. The 'Jezebel' was the first helicopter ever flown in the Netherlands
and made its claim to fame during the 1953 flood (Wikipedia)
when it rescued dozens of people from the rooftops
of their flooded houses. The toll of that flood (a photo seen in the background of the above image) was 2.551 killed
(1.836 in the Netherlands, 307 in England, 28 in Belgium, 19 in Scotland, 361 at sea).