Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Serge Van Heertum,Bruno Ghils & Pierre Taquet - Translation: Marc Arys  © sbap 2015

The yearly Fly In at Deurne (Antwerp airport) has through the years become a must for all aviation passionate. The growing quality of this gathering, dedicated to the Stampe and Vertongen SV-4, allowed the organizers to celebrate their 25th edition. Passion for aviation is present since a quarter of a century and let us not forget that the Antwerp region was one of the aviation cradles in Belgium with the renowned SV-4 but also with a more particular aircraft, the Ercoupe. This 25th Fly In gathered not only SV-4 and Ercoupes but also various other collection airplanes titivated by their owners and during this weekend visitors could contemplate a Spitfire, a Yak 3, a Broussard, a Dornier 27 and numerous other interesting machines.
To celebrate those 25 years of passion, the organizers had to emphasize this event in an unusual manner and they succeeded greatly. Here we have the highlights of 2015.
First of all, a statue of Jean Stampe was unveiled at the entrance of the Stampe and Vertongen museum in presence of the authorities of the cities of Antwerp and Deurne. This memorial was inaugurated by Bart De Wever, actual mayor of this aeronautical but also marine city. Mr De Wever had also the opportunity to "taste" some Spitfire by having a flight in the two seat Mk IX especially flown from the U.K. for the event. A splendid way to feel what pilots lived through during the Second World War of which some defended the Antwerp harbour, strategically located, and which the Germans, in vain, tried to reclaim at the end of the war.

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Some weeks ago, the museum welcomed a new aircraft to its collection. A Fouga Magister which flew in Belgium and, moreover, in the Red devils colours and went to the United States after its Belgian military career. The aim is to put this aircraft back in the air... Isn't this a fabulous idea? However, the members put their efforts together and reassembled the Fouga to present him to the public and one could see the MT5 next to the MT13, this latter acquired by the museum some time ago. A nice leap into the past!
Usually, the fly In sees participants from various countries make a stopover for the weekend to leave again on Sunday. From time to time, we could see warbirds flying overhead, but this year also saw a real airshow as you will witness by the pictures.
The Belgian Air Force was quite represented having not only a F-16 flight simulator, a static demo F-16 which allowed visitors to be seated in the cockpit, a C-130H Hercules in the static display but also her ambassadors : the A-109 demo and the "Red Devils".
These latter were sadly forced to fly their display with three aircraft as the number 4 and solo pilot was injured while doing sport. The complete SBAP-team wishes him a speedy recovery! This airshow was quite nice and dynamic and triggered many cameras everywhere.
The traditional opener was flown by 13 SV-4 aircraft in formation overhead the airport remembering this little biplane trainer was built by two Belgians of whom we can be proud of.
Also noteworthy was the first appearance of the Australian fighter of the Second World War, the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CAC-13 “Boomerang” recently restored and based at Deurne although belonging to the Ducth collector Remko Sijben. Due to recent law changes in Holland, “experimental” aircarft are no longer allowed to fly, but collector associations of bygone airplanes are doing everything they can to alter these decisions.

The organizers can indeed be proud of this 25th edition and the numerous visitors are proof to this achievement. Rendez-vous is already taken for 2016...
The SBAP-team would like to thank heartily Mr Danny Cabooter, director of the Deurne museum, Mr Dirk Buytaert, chairman of ASA and all the members and authorities of the airport for their cordial reception and the facilities granted during our report.

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7 hours flight to be present at Deurne! (Serge Van Heertum) Aviation and friendship...simply nice (Pierre Taquet)
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The MT 5 back in Belgium (Serge Van Heertum) Would be nice to see it back in flight (Serge Van Heertum)
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Brother of arm, the MT 13 (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Back in the 70's...simply wonderful (Serge Van Heertum)
Heavy Belgian Air Force participation to the fly in... (Serge Van Heertum)
C-130H Hercules (Serge Van Heertum) Be a F-16 pilot for an instant (Serge Van Heertum)
Children entertainment (Serge Van Heertum) (Bruno Ghils)
Pics 1 & 2 (Serge Van Heertum) & Pic 3 (Bruno Ghils)
Boeing 75N1 Stearman (Serge Van Heertum)
De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth (Serge Van Heertum) Push to the gate... (Pierre Taquet)
Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub (Serge Van Heertum) Piper PA-18-95 Super Cub (Serge Van Heertum)
Piper PA-18-95 Super Cub (Serge Van Heertum) Max Holste MH.1521C Broussard (Serge Van Heertum)
Dornier DO-27A-3 (Serge Van Heertum) North American T-6 Harvard (Serge Van Heertum)
 Flight Design CT 180 (Serge Van Heertum) Oberlerchner Job 15-180/2 (Serge Van Heertum)
Pitts S-2B Special (Serge Van Heertum) Mooney M10 Cadet (Serge Van Heertum)
Stinson AT-19 Reliant (Bruno Ghils)
Piaggio P.180 Avanti II (Serge Van Heertum) Diamond DA-42 Twinstar (Bruno Ghils)
Cessna 680 Citation Sauvereign (Bruno Ghils) Dassault Aviation Falcon 900DX (Bruno Ghils)
Pilatus PC-12 (Bruno Ghils) Cessna 525B Citationjet CJ3 (Serge Van Heertum)
The mass take off from Stampe & Vertongen SV-4's (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
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13 aircraft toegether in the sky of Deurne (Bruno Ghils)
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The Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation “Boomerang”


At the beginning of the Pacific war, the Royal Australian Air Force had only 175 obsolete aircraft. Only two groups were equipped with outdated Brewster Buffalos, bought in the United States. In case of a Japanese invasion, neither the United Kingdom, fighting fiercely the Luftwaffe in Europe, nor the United States, due to their war production, could provide rapidly capable aircraft to Australia. Decision was taken to build an indigenous fighter. The Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation at that time was license building the CAC Wirraway, a derivative of the North American NA-33, which would become famous as the T-6 Texan, ordered en masse by the United States as a trainer aircraft. The clauses of the contract with North American foresaw some modifications to the airplane. Lawrence Wacket, chief engineer of CAC, decided to draw a fighter based on the general structure of the NA-33. This was an excellent choice. The use of the wings, landing gear and tail plane allowed the completion of, the prototype which flew on May 26th, 1942. The Australian government had by then already ordered 105 aircraft.
The CAC-12 was quite stubby and compact as a big and powerful engine was adapted to an airframe not designed for this, although the flight characteristics were very satisfying. Devoiced from its original shortages, easy to fly and very maneuverable, the prototype easily passed the trials and the first production aircraft arrived in the instruction detachments from November 10, 1942 on. On April 04, 1943, 83 Squadron was declared operational in New-Guinea.
The first enemy encounter took place on May 16th, 1943, when two Boomerang intercepted, without success, three twin engine bombers Mitsubisji G4M Betty. The Boomerang was not up to the comparison with the more powerful Japanese planes. Before the end of 1943, the arrival of more powerful fighters from the United States and the United Kingdom made the CAC-12 less useful as an interceptor and the plane went to the cooperation detachments within the army. They proved to be incomparable in the tactical support role as the Australian pilots achieved to get the maximum out of their aircraft as a fighter-bomber. Powerful, heavily armed and maneuverable, the Boomerang distinguished himself in this kind of operation until the end of the war.

Build versions:

CAC-12 (Mark I) (105 aircraft build)

CAC-13 (Mark II) (95 aircraft build)

CAC-19 (49 aircraft build).
Tactical reconnaissance aircraft equipped with a camera in the fuselage.

CAC-14 (1 aircraft build)
equipped with an additional turbo compressor. The project was abandoned when the RAAF received its brand new Spitfire’s.

CAC-14A The CAC-14 p
rototype was modified with a square and enlarged horizontal and vertical stabilizers, but never went into production.

The A46-139 flown by Remo Sijben is in fact a replica using a lot of original parts. The aircraft was built in the United States and flew as N32CS. It then became the property of the Dutch pilot who transferred it to the airport at Deurne. The aircraft arrived in Belgium on
November 01st, 2014 and is actually registered as NX32CS (Experimental).

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The "Victors" and their Piper's PA-28 (Serge Van Heertum)
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Yakovlev Yak 3U
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Agusta A109BA Solo Display
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Rockwell OV-10B "Bronco"
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Fokker F.50 display
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North American T-6 Harvard & North American T-28B Trojan mix display
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Supermarine Spitfire Mk Tr IXc (PV202)
The pilot office and John Romain at command for the display (Serge Van Heertum)
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North American T-28B Trojan solo display
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Red Devils team and their Siai-Marchetti SF.260M
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Always welcome to the Red Devils den (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
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(Serge Van Heertum) N°1 "Paolo" (Serge Van Heertum)
N°2 "Daffy" (Serge Van Heertum) N°3 "Regio" (Serge Van Heertum)
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Civil trafic during the show...
Embraer ERJ-190-100  OO-JEM  (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
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(Serge Van Heertum) Former VLM, CityJet Fokker F.50 (Serge Van Heertum)
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Embraer ERJ-190-100  OO-JEN  (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)

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Rendez-vous in 2016... (Serge Van Heertum)

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