Belgian Air Force Demo Team 2012
   Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Laurent Cuvelier    Page © sbap 2013

Grey skies, but sunshine in the heart, that sums up the major contrast for the 23rd edition of the Stampe Fly In at Deurne. This event has become indispensable for the lovers of the famous Belgian airplane, the Stampe & Vertongen SV-4. Unfortunately, the meteo for the weekend was gloomy, even catastrophic at times, with rain that soaked you to the bone. This is probably the reason for the fewer participants, with the plateau not being as crowded as the other years. This didn’t prevent the organization to do the maximum to make this day as successful as possible for the atmosphere, as well as the conviviality.

Aside from the many SV-4’s present, some pilots took their Staggerwing, Cessna 195, Stearman and Piper Cub on a trip. Let’s not forget the visit of the T-28 Trojan, and without a doubt the star of the weekend, the Supermarine Spitfire Mk T IXc twin-seater from Historic Flight Limited.

More than words, the pictures will describe the machines that were present, the atmosphere, but unfortunately the “black skies” as well.

Let these sentences be our way of thanking the organizers for their spirit, and in particular Jef Pets, our colleague of www.lunak.be who acted as our guide, allowing us to realize a more dynamic article none the less.

Next appointment in 2014… Blue skies and sunshine have been ordered already. Let’s hope they have enough in stock!

Wet, wet, wet!  (Serge Van Heertum)
 (Serge Van Heertum)  
 Belgian Air Force presence with a Siai-Marchetti SF.260M (Serge Van Heertum) Piper PA-18-150 (Laurent Cuvelier)
Piper PA-18-95 (Laurent Cuvelier) The only one Ercoupe present...sad weather! (Serge Van Heertum)
Last SV-4Bis restored in Belgium the OO-SVG / V21 (Serge Van Heertum) Back to the 1960's (Serge Van Heertum)
 Little heading error for this pinguin... (Serge Van Heertum) 1960's airshow with the Manchots team (Serge Van Heertum)
Preparing for the formation flight (Serge Van Heertum) Well known Air Force pilots: the fTruyens familly (Serge Van Heertum)
Still elegant old plane (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
The formation flight of the day... (Serge Van Heertum) ... in dificult conditions (Serge Van Heertum)
Stampe & Vertongen SV-4E (Laurent Cuvelier) OO-EIR former V4 (Laurent Cuvelier)
V29 wearing the first colour scheme (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Laurent Cuvelier) (Laurent Cuvelier)
A overseas visitor (Serge Van Heertum) Stampe & Vertongen SV-4c (Serge Van Heertum)
(Laurent Cuvelier) The first one (Laurent Cuvelier)
During the rain shower, a visit to the museum was the best to do (Serge Van Heertum) For the pleasure of the children (Serge Van Heertum)
A real nice place to spend a day (Laurent Cuvelier) The origins (Laurent Cuvelier)
Cessna 680 Citation OO-ALX (Serge Van Heertum) The homebased company Cityjet Fokker F-50 OO-VLF  (Serge Van Heertum)
Piper PA.28-161 Warrior III & Robin DR400/135 (Laurent Cuvelier) Cessna 421C Golden Eagle (Laurent Cuvelier)
Cessna 195 (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Laurent Cuvelier) North American T-6 Harvard (Laurent Cuvelier)
Lt Boudouin de Changy commemorating markings (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
North American T-6 Harvard  H50 (Laurent Cuvelier) (Serge Van Heertum)
Kolonel Vlieger (er) Eric Vormezeel (Serge Van Heertum) (Laurent Cuvelier)
(Laurent Cuvelier) (Serge Van Heertum)
Beech D-17S Staggerwing (Laurent Cuvelier) (Serge Van Heertum)
Boeing PT-13D Kaydet (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Juan Blasi is also aerobatic pilot on Extra 300L and will take part to the next aerobatic championship at Saint Hubert in June (Serge Van Heertum) Our guest Jef Pets with Juan Blasi Kaydet owner
 (Serge Van Heertum)
North American T-28B Trojan (Serge Van Heertum) Real spacious cockpit (Laurent Cuvelier)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Laurent Cuvelier)
Supermarine Spitfire Tr.Mk IXc PV202...Focus on a legend
(Serge Van Heertum)

Built as a single seat LF.IX  at Castle Bromwich in 1944, the plane was delivered RAF 33rd Sqn on October 9th. Based at Merville (France) the aircraft was coded 5R-Q.  On January 20th, 1945, the plane was delivered to the RCAF 412nd Sqn. The Unit returned to the UK at the end of May 1945 and the PV202 was stored. During operational career the plane performed 96 operational missions.

Sold to Vickers-Armstrong in July 1950, the PV202 was converted to T9 trainer version for the Irish Air Corps. Code 161, aircraft was delivered on June 15th, 1951.  Although it was modified as trainer the aircraft was equipped with two 0.303 Browning machine guns, one in each outer wing bay.  The Irish Air Corps. Retired its Spitfires from service in 1960 and the PV202 became an instructional airframe. Withdrawn in December 1968, the plane was sold to N.A.W. Samuelson and shipped to the UK for storage. Sold to Sir William Roberts in April 1970 the plane was transferred to the Strathallan collection in March 1972.  Also stored until August 1979, and then sold to Nick Grace and Steve Atkins on October 10th.  The plane was registered G-TRIX on July 2nd, 1980. Ten years later Richard Parker acquired the ownership in 1990, and its first flight after rebuild took place on February 23th at Dunsfold. In late 1991 it was sold to Rick Roberts. March 1997, PV202 was continuing its overhaul and rebuild at Hawker Restoration, Earls Colne, Essex following some accident damages. October 1997, PV202 was received new markings for the 1998 season (5R-Q of 33 Sqn). The plane was previously coded VZ-M of 412th (RCAF) Sqn. On April 8th, 2000 the PV202 crashed at Goodwood Airfield attempting to land after training flight.   The new owner, South African Greg Mc Curragh who had only bought the Spitfire two weeks before, died with Norman Lees as passenger. PV202 was rebuilt into flying conditions and received the Irish Air Corps marking code 161. The plane was restored by Historical Flight Ltd based at Duxford. Some years later the Irish markings disappear to receive for a short time Netherlands markings and afterward the traditional RAF camouflage and the codes of the 19th Sqn QV-I.

RAF 33 Sqn markings in 1988 (Archives Serge Van Heertum)
RCAF 412 Sqn markings in 1993 at Gosselies (Serge Van Heertum)
Irish Air Corp N°161 in 2005 at Deurne. Note the new rear side canopy model
 (Serge Van Heertum)
Koninklijke Luchtmacht in 2009 (archives Serge Van Heertum)
RAF 19 Sqn in 2012 (Serge Van Heertum)
At Deurne on May 12th, 2013 (Serge Van Heertum) Karel Bos (from car exhaust Bosal company) is one of the Spit owner
posing with the real sympatic pilot. (Serge Van Heertum)
Exhaust... (Laurent Cuvelier) Main landing gear (Laurent Cuvelier)
RAF cocarde and pitot tube (Laurent Cuvelier) The identity plate of the bird (Laurent Cuvelier)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
The front cockpit (Laurent Cuvelier) Begin of WWII RAF roundel (Serge Van Heertum)
Preparing for a little demonstration (Laurent Cuvelier) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) Just the sound is missing...mmm RR Merlin (Serge Van Heertum)
(Laurent Cuvelier) Thumb Up! (Laurent Cuvelier)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Simply elegant (Serge Van Heertum)
Gear up (Serge Van Heertum) (Laurent Cuvelier)
Oups... (Laurent Cuvelier) Unmaned Spitfire version (Serge Van Heertum)
Some strafing passes (Serge Van Heertum) Back on ground for refueling before departure at homebase (Serge Van Heertum)
Heading Duxford (Serge Van Heertum) With a charming passenger this time (Laurent Cuvelier)

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