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STAMPE & VERTONGEN Museum

 

Antwerp Airport

Box 3

2100 Deurne

 

www.stampe.be

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The

AEROGARE

Project

Back in 1923 Antwerp Airport was opened at its present location, where farmland had been cleared for these purposes. The airfield was at that time enclosed by farms such as the "Lanteernhof"  and the 'Gekroonde Leeuw".

The airfield, owned and exploited by the Belgian Government had an airfield commander and some maintenance personnel. Commander Scheldeman got his own office in the "Aerogare" (airport station). This was one of four disused railway carriage that were installed on the airfield grounds next to the neighbouring "Drakenhof".

When later, a more permanent airport chalet was opened, these carriages were used as material sheds.

 

Beginning of 2007 we the Stampe & Vertongen Museum volunteers decided to recreated this first Aerogare and use it as decoration material for the by now completely overhauled and restored Fokker VIII.

 

Photo's : Carl Gootzen, Paul Soons, Dirk Buytaert

March 2007 : the working plans: teh Aerogare's side

March 2007 : the head of the 'carriage'

March 2007 : The first parts taking shape

March 2007 : Carl in full action

08/04/2007 : preparing for the move to the airport

08/04/2007 : Carl and Dirk in action

08/04/2007 : Why that I join this project?

08/04/2007 : and now?

08/04/2007 : Bl**dy hell this is heavy...

08/04/2007 : he came and saw that it was good

04/2007 : the front sign

04/2007 : Fernand at his best...

04/2007 : nearly finished

04/2007 : looks like the real thing

04/2007 : preparing for painting

18/04/2007 : putting the pieces together

18/04/2007 : Roger in full action

18/04/2007 : a fast inspection

18/04/2007 : hmmm looks OK to me

18/04/2007 : my God, this is BIG

18/04/2007 : even the painting passes through the door

20/04/2007 : putting the heads together...

20/04/2007 : yesssss, it's straight

20/04/2007 : look and learn

20/04/2007 : and now, can you still hold it?

26/04/2007 : The Aerogare sign ready to be put up

26/04/2007 : before and after...

26/04/2007 : Roger 'Rubens' in action with an eye for details

26/04/2007 : meanwhile Walter fights with a wire...

26/04/2007 : Looks like real, doesn't it?

26/04/2007 : our 'dummy' posing as the commander in chief anno 1923