Douzy Airshow : An historical place

 

Text & Pictures : Luc Dujardin - SBAP

 

On Sunday, September 19th an airshow took place in Douzy (LFSJ) commemorating the centennial of the flight duration record established by Roger Sommer in August 1909. The Flying Club Douzy is also the name of this pioneer (French licence No. 29) and manufacturer (182 units built).  
A museum of the early years of this airfield and another presentation has been recently been upgraded thanks to a team from Paris.

The meeting included top stars such as aircraft from the AJBS (Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis) from La Ferte-Alais (SE-5, MS-317, Bücker 131 N3N-3, Beech 18S, T-6,
P-40, Yak-11, Zlin 526, Cap 20), but also former Wings of Lorraine (Klemm 35D, SV-4). A Gazelle came to make 3 demonstrations during the day, but the foreseen Mirage F-1 was sadly cancelled at the last minute.

The meeting began with a demonstration of ULM pendulum. A few days earlier, during a training flight the pilot had taken “lead in the wing”. Indeed, the wing was damaged by a bullet coming from the ground. The police is still investigating this matter. The Reva team has an exceptional demonstration with a single plane (the LongEze), led by the leader of the team Real Weber. A second aircraft was unavailable due to a failure wich could not be repaired before the start of the meeting.
The third plane though was available, but not its pilot whose wife had been the victim of a traffic accident. In the morning, an improvised formation saw the longEze with the P-40N and the Yak-11 as wingman. The Zlin 526, was grounded because of a technical failure but was repaired in the night, allowing Marc "Leon" Mathis to show a beautiful aerobatic demonstration. Beech T-6 and 18 were involved in a very explosive demonstration to simulate an air attack. Also to
underline a demonstration of an F-22 Raptor...a 10 kg remote controlled model !

An historical event took place at the centennial meeting.  Indeed, fortuitously, two veteran pilots of the Second World War met on site. The first, Lawrence "Larry" Peacock, 89, was a Vickers Wellington pilot in the RAF based in Italy and has done missions over Germany. After the war he flew the P-40 and it was with great interest and emotion he found himself in the cockpit of the P-40N of the AJBS. The second pilot, Erich Brunotte, 84, was a fighter pilot in the IV / JG 51 Mölders.  He flew the Messerschmitt Me 108, Me 109G and K models and Focke Wulf Fw 190D-9, mostly on the eastern front and gained 33 victories, being shot himself once..  He still always wears his watch of Luftwaffe pilot. The two veterans were therefore were aware that the language barrier did not permit them to have long rallies.

The organizers of the event took advantage of slack time between flights to allow the public (informed or not) to approach the aircraft. An initiative highly appreciated!

 

Douzy Airfield hangar Kiebitz B-450 (ULM type) under construction
   
ULM demonstrations to start the flying program of the day
   
Old glories on the flight line Public was able to approach the flying machines
   
Enemies before...friends today ! The famous original Luftwaffe watch
     
Lawrence "Larry" Peacock Erich Brunotte Much emotions for this old pilot !
   
The improvised formation from the Long Eze, the P-40N and the Yak 11, amazing contrast in old and new design...
   
Piper PA-19 95HP Super Cub (F-BOMF) Bücker 131 Jungmann (F-AZTT)
   
SE5A replica from AJBS Morane Saulnier MS733 Alcyon (F-AZZO)
   
Klemm Kl-35 (F-AZTK) piloted by Thierry Klemm, same name but not related to the designer family
   
The first flight of the Klemm Kl-35 was held in 1935 Zlin 526 (D-EAPH) in low level inverted flight
   
The F-22 Raptor...from Edwards ??? No, just a remote controlled model, but impressive !
   
SA342 Gazelle from the 3RHC (Regiment d'Hélicoptères de combat) based at Etain / Rouvres
   
The Gazelle did 3 different demonstrations during the flying program
   
Mudry Cap 20 (F-AZOE), this is the second aircraft built Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3 (F-AZNF)
   
Beechcraft 18 from the AJBS in hands of Jean-Pierre Lafille
   
Air attack for the Beech 18 and the T-6 Harvard of the AJBS
   
Philippe Chandelle, the Pitts pilot Pitts S1-D (F-PRIA)
   
Curtiss P-40N Warhawk (F-AZKU) Yakovlev Yak 11 (F-AZNN)
   
Acroez Long Eze from the "Reva Team" Unusual aircraft design...
     
Some more special shoot of this day at Douzy, not far away of Sedan (France)

 

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