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STAMPE & VERTONGEN Museum

 

Antwerp Airport

Box 3

2100 Deurne

 

www.stampe.be

 

 

 

 

The

FOKKER D.VIII

Project

Thursday November 4th, 2004 the Fokker D.VIII was rolled out of the museum.

A series of engine test was performed by Hans and Raymond.

Later that day Karel arrived and made a check of his own. The engine performed nicely.

It is now up to the restoration party to complete the aircraft in its new  livery: the aircraft is now painted in the colour scheme of Van Cotthem, who flew a similar aircraft after World War I.

Saturday, September 24th, 2005, the newly restored Fokker D.VIII took to the skies with Danny Cabooter at the controls.

The complete restoration party being present was proud to see its 'baby' take-off and return safely after 1/2hours flight. It took us some time for the restoration to finish, but the result is a nice aircraft in a unique historical livery.

April 2007 : Thanks to Daniel Brackx, we received some pictures of the original '17' that showed that this aircraft also had Belgian militay roundels on its wings. So we decided to comply with history and add these also to our replica.

Foto's : Walter Van Brempt, Dirk Buytaert, Paul Soons, Willem Rongé and Bob Rongé

Three hours after the unfortunate landing

Frans meeting Jan: in "shortfinal" for the Stampe & Vertongen Museum

The newly restored cockpit

Putting the wing in place

It's nearly in place

The fuselage painted

Looks great doesn't it?

The D.VIII during his first outing during the 14th Antwerp Stampe Fly In on 21/5/2004, after months of restoration work.

This is a small cockpit. I can hardly breathe

Hans (back) and Raymond discussing the instrumentation

Can we have go?

What's leaking here?

A last check of the engine before the test

A quick look in the cockpit

Pulling the lever is a hard job

...on and on we go

Walter has a go ...

You're doing a good job, we're nearly there

Looks good, another to turns maybe?

Hans gets a go again

Yesssss, it runs smoothly

Walter overcome with emotions at hearing the engine's first coughs?

Making a nice sound

Have a look on the other side

Are they exhausted?

Once the engine is at full power, somebody has to keep the tail down

Raymond looks a bit gloomy...

Later during the day, Karel had a go...

... when he's at the controls, we need every man available to hold the aircraft and keep Karel on the ground.

Two happy faces:they did it, it works nicely

Back to the maintenance. Fokker on struts in order to calculated the weight and balance.

Fokker on struts

Calculation of the weight and balance (26/11/2004)

The calculation

The struts again

General view of the museum

The machine is nearly ready to fly.

Fernand applying a frech coat of paint on the cowling of the the Fokker DVIII (10/12/04)

18/12/2004: Hans and Jaap Mesdag checking to work done to the cockpit

18/12/2004: 2nd series of engine testing

18/12/2004: 2nd series of engine testing

18/12/2004: 2nd series of engine testing

18/12/2004: 2nd series of engine testing

18/12/2004: 2nd series of engine testing

18/12/2004: 2nd series of engine testing

27/12/2004 : Some lettering done.

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24/09/2005 : Ready to go

24/09/2005 : Danny Cabooter preparing the testflight

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24/09/2005 : here we go

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24/09/2005 : line up on the grass runway

24/09/2005 : the first flight over the airport

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24/09/2005 : coming in to land...

24/09/2005 : a job well done for both pilot and mechanics

04/2007 :Fernand back at work

20/04/2007 : the final result

 

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