BDA : Winter Migration !
Text & Pictures : Serge Van Heertum © sbap 2012

The Belgian aeronautical season started with the well-known Stampe Fly In at Deurne (Antwerpen) airport. This well appreciated and convivial event was held for the 22nd time and brought many visitors on 19 & 20 of May. This growing success is due to the aircraft proximity, the possibility to meet some pilots and aircraft movements along the day. This event is not limited to the fabulous SV-4 and along the week-end some other interesting aircraft were also present like Eircoupe, Harvard, Pilatus and other Tiger Moth. More and more the interest for old historic aircraft is growing in Belgium and since couple of years Deurne is the home base of three T-28 “Trojan” aircraft. On Saturday, behalves the different flight performed by the SV-4 and other collection aircraft, the highlight point was the flight presentation of the “Trojan” trio and the TF-51D “Mustang” owned by Jan Van Der Flier, a Belgian pilot. The “Trojan” are presented in different liveries. This first one a T-28B (55-138354) wears the US Air Force markings; the two others are in US Navy uniform. The 212 in midnight Navy blue (CN: 138343) and the KV863 (CN: 200-140) in Gull grey and white colors. The passes above the airfield by the “Trojan” trio gave the opportunity to make some good pictures of those three war birds together. Another special visitor was planned from the UK, but regarding the bad weather conditions over the channel, the arrival of the Spitfire was delayed and was only present on Sunday. The highlight point of Saturday was certainly the TF-51D “Mustang”. This aircraft was built in 1944 (CN: 44-72922) and was flown by Maj. Robin Olds 434th FS, 479th FG, 8th AF. After the war the plane was owned by different private pilots and got civilian registrations. The P-51D crashed in 1991 and was than rebuilt as TF-51D (two seat) model. On February 20th the plane crashed again and his pilot, Jim Shuttleworth, was killed in the crash. In 2006 a decision was taken to rebuild the plane and this was accomplished in 2007. In 2009 the plane was sold to Jan van der Flier and moved to Belgium. The plane was than registered PH-VDF.

Once again this Fly In was a place to be for the aviation lovers and photographer, so check already you agenda and reserve the date of the next edition.

SBAP would like to thanks the organizer for all the facilities during our visit to the 22nd Fly In.

Stampe & Vertongen Meet...
Other aircraft...
Ercoupe OO-PUS (c/n : 4577) Eircoupe 415-C N99280 (c/n : 1903)
Thorp T-18 "Tiger" (c/n : 548) experimental aircraft... ...and his pilot office
Beech D18S-3NM (c/n : A-904) from the RNAF historical flight Verhees Delta homebuilt aircraft (c/n : 01)
Extra EA-400 (c/n : 03) six-seat,single-engined aircraft... ...did his first flight in April 1996
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth II (c/n : 3340) De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth II (c/n : 82121)
North American T-6 "Harvard" Painted as the Belgian Air Force "Harvard"
Harvard Mk2B (PH-TBR / B-182) (c/n: 14A-808)  
Pilatus P3 (c/n : 497-46) Sun and Day Glo...nice !
Trojan Trio...
Focus : North American TF-51D "Mustang"...
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXT (PV202/QV-I)
(Jef on Sunday 20.05.2012)

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