Embraer in Belgian service

Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Luc Dujardin - ©SBAP 2011 


The “Flieger Flab Museum” opened in 1972. Since this time the museum was growing and the collection extended. Today two halls are open for the visitors and are devoted to the history and development of the Swiss Air Force. This museum have a rich collection of more than 50 aircraft used under the Swiss roundels but also many equipments related to the anti aircraft defence systems of the Swiss territory like the ground to air missiles Micon and BL-64 “Bloodhound”. But a missile without the support and the needed controls is nothing. All those equipments like the “Florida” interception director system and many others are also showed with clear explanations. But two aircraft of the collection are the most interesting. Two Swiss made aircraft prototype, the P-16 and the N20.10 “Aiguillon” proof of the Swiss aircraft industry know how in the early jet years.

(Luc Dujardin)
Flieger FLAB Museum Hall 1
The early years (Luc Dujardin)
Bleriot XI (Serge Van Heertum) Henriot HD 1 (Serge Van Heertum)
EKW Thun Häfeli DH.1 (Serge Van Heertum) Amazing design (Serge Van Heertum)
Astonishing wood construction (Luc Dujardin) (Serge Van Heertum)
 Nieuport 28-C1 (Serge Van Heertum) Up view of the two seater Bleriot (Serge Van Heertum)
The first world war and the observation baloon (Serge Van Heertum) EKW Thun Häfeli DH.5 (Serge Van Heertum)
Fokker C.VE (Serge Van Heertum) Very didactic presenation (Serge Van Heertum)
Generator screw (Luc Dujardin) Fokker D.VII (Luc Dujardin)
Fokker D.VII (Serge Van Heertum) Dewoitine D27-3 (Serge Van Heertum)
EKW C35 and above a Bücker Bu131B (Serge Van Heertum) Bücker Bu131B Jungmann (Serge Van Heertum)
Light effect on the EKW C35 (Luc Dujardin) Bücker Bu 131B (Luc Dujardin)
Swiss made EKW C35 (Serge Van Heertum) EKW D-3801 (Morane Saulnier MS-412) (Serge Van Heertum)
Messerschmitt Bf 108B-2 "Taifun" (Serge Van Heertum) Messerschmitt Bf 108B-2 "Taifun" (Serge Van Heertum)
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 (Serge Van Heertum) Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 (Luc Dujardin)
EKW C-3603 (Serge Van Heertum) EKW C-3603 (Serge Van Heertum)
North American P-51D (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)

Bücker Bu 181B "Bestmann" and Fieseler FI-156 "Storch"
(Serge Van Heertum)

Consolidated B-24J "Libarator" damaged at lading on Dübendorf airfied on July 11th, 1944 after only 18 missions. Remain only the nose art (Serge Van Heertum)
Hiller 360 UH-12B (Serge Van Heertum) Sud-Est SO-221S "Djinn" (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum)
Flieger FLAB Museum Hall 2
Nord 1203 "Nordecrin II" (Luc Dujardin) Beech E50 "Twin Bonanza" (Serge Van Heertum)
De Havilland DH-112 Fb.54 "Venom" (Serge Van Heertum) Engine maintenance (Serge Van Heertum)

De Havilland DH-115 "Vampire trainer (Serge Van Heertum)

(Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Cockpit De Havilland DH-100 Fb6 "Vampire" (Luc Dujardin)
(Luc Dujardin)
Pilatus P.3-02 (Serge Van Heertum) Pilatus P.2-06 (Serge Van Heertum)
F+W C.3605 "Sclepp" (Serge Van Heertum) Target towing plane... (Serge Van Heertum)
Beech UC-45F "Expeditor" (Serge Van Heertum) Hawker Hunter Mk 58 (Serge Van Heertum)
Hawker Hunter Mk 58 (Luc Dujardin) Hunter pilot office (Luc Dujardin)
Nose art "Robin Hood" on Hunter (Luc Dujardin) Nose art "Mata Hari" on Mirage IIIRS (Luc Dujardin)
Dassault Mirage IIIRS (Serge Van Heertum) Camera compartiment open and AS 30 missile (Serge Van Heertum)
FFA P-16 Swiss fighter-bomber prototype (Serge Van Heertum) With civil registration HB-VAD (Serge Van Heertum)
An elegant design (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
A small tail for this aircraft (Luc Dujardin) The front canopy and HUD (Luc Dujardin)
Air brakes (Serge Van Heertum) Gun exhaust (Serge Van Heertum)
Offensive armement (Serge Van Heertum) the HB-VAD during trials (Swiss archives)
EWF N20.10 "Aiguillon" prototype (Serge Van Heertum) A modern design for the 1950's (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Luc Dujardin)

(Serge Van Heertum)

Nose and landing light (Serge Van Heertum)
A large "bubble" canopy (Luc Dujardin) Armstrog Siddeley Mambe engine (Luc Dujardin)
Four engines aicraft (Serge Van Heertum) Engines where integrated in the wings (Serge Van Heertum)

Smooth design of the air intakes (Serge Van Heertum)

Landing gear (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) The "Arbalète" and the "Aiguillon", two Swiss made prototypes (Swiss archives)
Aerospatial Alouette II (Serge Van Heertum) Equipped with extern stretchers (Serge Van Heertum)
Offensive armement panel of the "Venom" (Luc Dujardin) Bomb rack and in background the result of a drop (Luc Dujardin)
Rocket system of the Hawker Hunter (Luc Dujardin) Head of the AIM-9P-5 Sidewinder (Luc Dujardin)
IAI (Israel Aircraft industry) Scout UAV (Serge Van Heertum) ADS 95 "Ranger" UAV and Pilatus PC-7 in the back (Serge Van Heertum)
The underside with the observation system (Serge Van Heertum) Same for the "Ranger" (Serge Van Heertum)
Swiss made "Micon" air to air missile (Serge Van Heertum) BL-64 "Bloodhound" in flight presentation (Serge Van Heertum)
The BL-64 on his launch pad (Serge Van Heertum) Guidance and control systems (Serge Van Heertum)
The Florida interception director (Serge Van Heertum) Swiss map on radar screen for the aerial interceptions (Luc Dujardin)
(Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
(Luc Dujardin) Automatic ultra short waves direction finder PV.1-B type (Luc Dujardin)
Blind landing radar system BENDIX MPN5 (Luc Dujardin) Radar screen of the BENDIX MPN5 (Luc Dujardin)
Light and metal. 1.. (Serge Van Heertum) Light and metal. 2.. (Serge Van Heertum)

In 1981 after the retirement of the Junkers 52-3M fleet of the Swiss Air Force inventory, the idea to preserve those relics in flight conditions was born and in 1982 the Ju-Air company was born. The first sightseeing flights with passengers were performed in 1983.Since that time the preservation of this fleet need money and human resources. Therefore this company is working with sponsors, like Milka chocolate in 1996, IWC in 1998 or Falken bier in 2010. About human resources, the association is working with benevolent giving their time for the preservation. In 2007, one of the Ju 52-3M became a movie star in “the Valkyries” with Tom Cruise in parallel with the 25 years of the Ju-Air company. 2009 was marked the 70 years of service of 3 aircraft of the fleet (HB-HOP, HB-HOS and HB-HOT) manufactured in 1939!  


HB-HOP  c/n 6610 Junkers JU-52/3m g4e  1939
HB-HOS  c/n 6580 Junkers JU-52/3m g4e  1939
HB-HOT  c/n 6595 Junkers JU-52/3m g4e  1939
HB-HOY  c/n 96             CASA 352A3    1949

(Luc Dujardin) (Serge Van Heertum)
HB-HOT still wearing Swiss Air Force colours (Serge Van Heertum) Caracteristic frames of the Ju-52 (Luc Dujardin)
Sponsorised by Falken Bier since 2010 (Serge Van Heertum) HB-HOP on taxi (Serge Van Heertum)
and take off for a seightseing flight (Serge Van Heertum) A flight is always possible...more infos on JU-AIR web site (Serge Van Heertum)
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