Photos © R.Leeuw

 

AVIODROME - VISIT 10MAR2018


(For 2012, 2011 & 2010 visits scroll further down!)

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.

Aviodrome visit 10Mar2018
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 strict.
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.

Aviodrome visit 10Mar2018
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.

Aviodrome visit 10Mar2018
A mock-up 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.

Aviodrome visit 10Mar2018
To show some actual progress

Aviodrome visit 10Mar2018

www.aviodrome.nl/collectie/noorduyn-norseman

Compare its progress with this 2003 photo of mine:
Noorduyn Norseman at Aviodrome during 2003



Aviodrome visit 10Mar2018
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!

Aviodrome visit 10Mar2018
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.

www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/ww1-aircraft

Aviodrome visit 10Mar2018
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.
The 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:
www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/nieuws/categorie/72/algemeen/aviodrome-ontvangt-onderdelen-eerste-klm-vliegtuig

Aviodrome also posted photos of this project last month on their FB page

 

Aviodrome visit 10Mar2018
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.

Aviodrome visit 10Mar2018
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.


Aviodrome visit 10Mar2018
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.

Aviodrome visit 10Mar2018
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'.


 

Aviodrome visit 10Mar2018
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.

Aviodrome - 100 jaar MLD
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.

Aviodrome - 100 jaar MLD

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.
en.wikipedia.org:_Spyker_V.2
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).

Aviodrome - 100 jaar MLD
Spyker V.2, C 16

Aviodrome - 100 jaar MLD
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.

traditiekamermld.nl/100-jaar-mld

Aviodrome - 100 jaar MLD
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.

 

Aviodrome - 100 jaar MLD
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.

Aviodrome - 100 jaar MLD

Aviodrome - 100 jaar MLD

Aviodrome - 100 jaar MLD
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).
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikorsky_H-5

 

VISITS TO THE AVIODROME OVER THE YEARS, AT RANDON OR FOR SPECIAL EVENTS


AVIODROME - VISIT 11MAY2012


(For 2011 & 2010 visits scroll down!)

A new investor, the Libéma Group, made it possible for the Aviodrome to reopen its doors on 28Apr2012.
Libéma is a specialist in running museums of all sorts and their handywork is already showing in a positive way.
I was met by Raymond Oostergo and he walked me through the various changes, allowing me a generous portion of his time. Raymond will, in the new set up, be in charge of facilities, collection and operations; we can leave it to him to keep the integrity of the aviation theme park intact though changes are unavoidable.

The global economic crisis has shown that sponsors can pull the rug from under you when they suddenly decide to stop paying the bills.
A popular museum with a steady stream of visitors provide the required foundation, the rest (extra investments by sponsors) will be much depending on how and when the crisis will end. A good thing is that the collection is intact and work on the aeroplanes continue, albeit progressing at a somewhat slower pace.

Aviiodrome Aviation Museum
The reception area has been revised; the signs may seem familiar: they are the same as on Amsterdam's Schiphol IAP. The ticket is free if one has a 'Museum Jaarkaart'.

Aviodrome Aviation Museum
Restoration on the Noorduijn Norseman continues, but at a more modest pace. Alas, by march 2016 restoration still went on at a snail's pace. Why was explained to me two years later (above).

Aviodrome Air Museum
The KLM business class seats have been taken out and replaced by original Lockheed Constellation first class seats! When KLM got rid of its Connies, a touringcar company got hold of some first class seats and put them in a bus, declaring it a First Class Touringcar! For many years these seats were stored somewhere until someone thought of making them available to the Aviodrome.
The work on this 'Dutch Connie' continues: at present isolation blankets in the cockpit are being replaced. As long as such care is being put to this 'Queen of the Skies' there is hope she may one day fly again!
The Constellation as well as the DC-2 'Uiver' are owned by an investment group consisting of the KLM, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Citycouncil Lelystad; one of many projects for the near future will be to determine how the museum can put these vintage planes to use.

Aviodrome Air Park Lelystad
Both the Fokker F.27 and this Douglas DC-3 are owned by other parties. While the museum is willing to facilitate and share the ramp by the DDA and the Dutch Catalina for flight operations and events, the museum will probably will want to see something done with the above static 'lodgers'. (Note: G-DAKK was acquired by Classic Wings in 2013, dismantled, taken away and hopefully awaits restorations some time in the future).

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.
Several features have been implemented for kids to vent their pent up energy in a smart way.
It all looks very promising!

More photos taken during my visit this day can be seen on my Flickr pages.


A bit of recent history!
During the winter of 2009/2010 a reorganisation was implemented at the National Aviation Themepark Aviodrome.
DDA Airlines moved from Amsterdam IAP to Lelystad and the organisation structure of the Aviodrome was changed considerably. Director Jan Schaatsbergen presides over four departments: Themepark, Operations, Marketing &Sales and Events.
The two former Directors, Arno van der Holst (Aviodrome) and Anne Cor Groeneveld (DDA), have said their goodbyes during the reorganisation. This proces of merger and reorganisation was completed in close cooperation with KLM and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AAS).
The brandnames Aviodrome and DDA Airlines continued to be used as before.

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.
The museum went into bankruptcy proceedings.
Fortunately the curator did everything in his power to keep the collection intact and the museum open and running as long as he could (it closed only a few months).

On Friday 23Mar12 the Dutch Libéma Groep acquired the Aviodrome museum.
Libéma Group plans to turn the Aviodrome in more of a 'theme park', less of a (flying) museum.
The (airworthy) Douglas DC-2 will be sold to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, while the Lockheed Constellation is to be purchased by the local Lelystad city council and the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AAS) Group. Both aircraft are to be loaned back to the Aviodrome/Libéma.
The Libema Groep will buy the remaining part of the aircraft collection.
Reopening was on Saturday 28Apr12.


AVIODROME - VISIT 29JUN2011


(For 2010 visit scroll down!)

Dove 'PH-MAD'
The deHavilland Dove 'PH-MAD' has been moved indoors, after having been displayed outside for a few years.

Forward fuselage of a Dove
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.

Auster PH-NFH
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.

PH-NDC at Aviodrome
Fokker S-12 PH-NDC. This S-12 was a prototype, developed from the successful S-11.

Neil Aird, expert on DHC-2
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
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'!

DC-2 'PH-AJU' Uiver
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.

 


 

AVIODROME - VISIT 10MAR2010


Aviodrome Aviation Them Park - Lelystad, Netherlands

A brief visit, to open the 2010 season so to speak, to the Aviodrome aviation museum.
Aviodrome air museum
In 2018 I found this Grumman Tracker had moved into the T2 hangar for restoration work.

Aviodrome aviation museum
The museum is still working on the merger with DDA Airlines, so a clear picture of what to expect this year here at the Aviodrome is not yet available. Rumors plenty of course, such as about the F.27 Friendship and the Lockheed Constellation, that they won't be flying this season either. And 2014 saw no change, either, while the merger Aviodrome / DDA Airlines had been undone.

Aviodrome - Lelystad

DC-4 at Aviodrome

 

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).
More on this project can be read on the page dedicated to my visit here 02APR09.

Hammond
Hammond

The best news I got this visit was the progress on the Noorduyn Norseman here...Noorduyn Norseman
Noorduyn C-64 Norseman 44-70509 is owned by 'Stichting (Foundation) Norseman' and Roland van Haarlem & his team are nearing the date to to have it back in flying condition! The fresh paintscheme was applied bij QAPS last january; this camouflage livery is equal to what it had 65 years ago!

The engine is being overhauled and the wings have yet to be prepared with a few more layers. Maybe it will fly or otherwise 2011 for certain! (Update: in 2014 it still lacked wings).

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.
I stongly suspect that the Bobcat found its way to the Nederlands Transport Museum!

Noorduyn Norseman 44-70509
Noorduyn Norseman 44-70509

The hangar also had DC-2 'PH-AJU' and DC-3 PH-DDZ in various stages of undress...
PH-DDZ and PH-AJU at LelystadElsewhere on Lelystad airport new hangars will be raised, not an easy job because this area is in fact reclaimed land and some 700 poles will have to be hammered into the ground to lay the foundation before actual building above ground can be started. During this summer the PH-PBY Catalina and a DDA Airlines DC-3 will find a new home here. QAPS will also have a new hangar here.
See my Sep.2016 update, PH-DDZ's transport by barge to the Aviodrome in Lelystad, HERE..
It will be restored to flying condition, it was grounded in 2012 by a defunct engine and lack of funding.

PH-AJU uiver
'PH-AJU' is being prepared for another flying season.

PH-DDZ
PH-DDZ of DDA Airlines is seen undergoing an A-check, to ferry it to DDA Airlines' base at Amsterdam IAP where it will undergo a B-check, in preparation of another summer of flying. In 2016 it moved permanently to
the Aviodome (see my report of transport on a barge HERE..)
The name 'Fokker'  lives on
'Painted by Fokker'.
In 2016 PH-DDZ was proclaimed for sale as costs of an engine change had been found prohibitive for the DDA.
See my Sep.2016 update, PH-DDZ's transport by barge to the Aviodrome in Lelystad, HERE..
It will be restored to flying condition, it was grounded in 2012 by a defunct engine and lack of funding.

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