Memorial of Verdun
Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Serge Van Heertum, Bruno Ghils & Danny Carels  ©SBAP 2013 

 

The entrance (Bruno Ghils)

In 1955 several organizations, such as the airline KLM and aircraft manufacturer Fokker, initiated a foundation called "Stichting voor het Nationaal Luchtvaartmuseum" with the single goal of creating a national aviation museum.
The first installment of this aviation museum opened its doors in 1960 on Schiphol airport under the name “Aeroplanorama” and had only seven aircraft on display. It closed its doors in 1967 and a new museum called “Aviodome” was opened in 1971 on Schiphol. The main building was a large aluminum geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller, the largest in the world at the time, which housed most of the aircraft on display. Hence the “dome” in the name “Aviodome”.
Over time, the location became too small for the growing aircraft collection and in 2003 the museum was moved to a new location on Lelystad Airport. The building at Schiphol was demolished and the name was changed to “Aviodrome”. On the current location, you will find three buildings: the main building where most of the aircraft on display are located with a restaurant and a movie theater, a replica of the old Schiphol terminal building from 1928 and a hangar for aircraft storage with limited access for visitors. Due to bankruptcy, the museum closed on 25 December 2011, but it reopened on 28 April 2012 after a takeover by the Libéma Group.
The history of this museum confirms the predominance of civil aviation with 85% against 15% military aviation. Discovering Hall 1 is done logically and chronologically, starting with the balloons of this beautiful era on to the "heavier than air" with the Wright Flyer, the Blériot XI but also local productions like the Fokker "Spin".

 

Subsequently you have World War I with a unique Fokker Dr.1 and also large display cabinets and pictures dedicated to the war achievements of Anthony Fokker.

The next section is devoted to the beginning and further developments of commercial aviation with the Fokker S.2, Fokker F.VII or the splendid autogyro La Cierva C.30A. Moving on during the visit one will find then the dark years of World War II recalled through a display with a Fokker C.5 and a Junkers 52-3M reminding the invasion of Holland.

After this, you enter the largest section of the building displaying a DC-3, Constellation, De Havilland Dove and much more airplanes you can discover through the photographic journey and also a space department representing the Dutch aeronautical industries involved.

On to hangar T2, not a conventional exhibit hall but one displaying airworthy historical airplanes like the Fokker S-11, a Piper Cub and the renowned DC-2 "De Uiver".

The third part is the replica of Schiphol airfield where time stopped in 1928. This replica is really magnificent and you will find yourself back in time.

You have also the leasure to go to the site of the controltower with an overview of Lelystad airfield and the museum.

At last, on the outside you can admire some civil and military aircraft like a Boeing B-747, a DC-4, a Grumman Tracker, a Mig 21 and Saab Viggen.

The facility is also fitted out with a 3D movie theater where you can see documentaries on Dutch aviation, a souvenir shop and not to forget a sympathetic snack bar, all at your disposal to have a nice day amongst history and beautiful flying machines.

Lockheed (Messerschmitt) F-104G Starfighter as gate guardian and publicity panel (Serge Van Heertum)

Hawker Hunter F51 (Serge Van Heertum)

Fokker 50 (Serge Van Heertum)

Evans VP-1 Volksplane in the entrance lobby (Serge Van Heertum)

Main Hall
The "Belle époque" (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum)

Wright Flyer Type A-1909 (Replica) (Serge Van Heertum)

(Serge Van Heertum)

Blériot XI (Replica)  (Serge Van Heertum)

Fokker Spin Type C (Replica) (Bruno Ghils)

(Serge Van Heertum)

Fokker DR-1 Triplane  (Replica) (Serge Van Heertum)

Showcase of Anthony Fokker creations (Serge Van Heertum)
Solid the Fokker aircraft! (Serge Van Heertum)
KLM the begin (Serge Van Heertum) Fokker S.IV (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum)

Fokker F.II (Replica) (Serge Van Heertum)

Fokker F.VII (Bruno Ghils)

(Bruno Ghils)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum)

Mignet HM-14 Pou-du-Ciel (Serge Van Heertum)

 

Avro 671 Rota I (Cierva C-30A) (Serge Van Heertum)

(Bruno Ghils)
Some models to show the begins of commercial aviation (Serge Van Heertum) Showing the Fokker F.VII structures (Serge Van Heertum)
(Bruno Ghils)

Fokker C-VD (Serge Van Heertum)

(Serge Van Heertum) (Bruno Ghils)

Junkers (CASA) 352L (Ju-52) (Serge Van Heertum)

(Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum)

North American B-25D Mitchell cockpit (Serge Van Heertum)

Some diorama about the WWII in the netherlands (Serge Van Heertum) V2 launch pad (Serge Van Heertum)

De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth II (Serge Van Heertum)

(Bruno Ghils)
(Serge Van Heertum)

Fokker S-11-1 Instructor (Bruno Ghils)

Douglas C-47A Skytrain (DC-3) (Bruno Ghils)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Bruno Ghils)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Link trainer also called "Blue Box" (Serge Van Heertum) Commercial evolutions underlining the Fokker company (Serge Van Heertum)
North American Nooduin Harvard II (Bruno Ghils)

Fokker S-12-X (Serge Van Heertum)

Lockheed (Fokker) F-104G Starfighter  (Serge Van Heertum)

(Bruno Ghils)
(Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum)

Westland Dragonfly HR5 (WS-51) (Serge Van Heertum)

(Bruno Ghils) (Serge Van Heertum)
The control panel and passenger seats (Serge Van Heertum)
(Bruno Ghils)

Sikorsky HO4S-3 Horse (S-55B) (Serge Van Heertum)

(Serge Van Heertum)

Inside the S-55B (Serge Van Heertum)

(Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) The pilot office (Serge Van Heertum)

Fokker S-14 Machtrainer (Serge Van Heertum)

(Serge Van Heertum) (Bruno Ghils)
(Bruno Ghils) (Serge Van Heertum)
Nose section of the Caravelle and the Fokker 100 (Serge Van Heertum) Caravelle cockpit (Serge Van Heertum)
Beaver wrecks... (Serge Van Heertum)
HM 1000 "Balerit" (Serge Van Heertum) Henri Mignet "Pou du Ciel" to show the frames (Serge Van Heertum)
 Lockheed L-749 Constellation (Bruno Ghils)
(Bruno Ghils) (Serge Van Heertum)
Big travel agency model...should be nice in your living room! (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Bruno Ghils) (Bruno Ghils)

De Havilland DH-104 Devon C20 (Bruno Ghils)

(Serge Van Heertum) (Bruno Ghils)

Fokker F-27-100 Friendship (Serge Van Heertum)

(Bruno Ghils)
Fokker 70 nose section (Serge Van Heertum) DH-104 nose section (Serge Van Heertum)
Fokker F-50 turboprop engine (Serge Van Heertum) Radar control panel (Serge Van Heertum)

Stamer & Lippisch Z-12 Zögling (Serge Van Heertum)

(Serge Van Heertum)
Grunau Baby IIb  (Serge Van Heertum) Schleicher Ka-4 Rhonlerche II   (Serge Van Heertum)
Schleicher Ka-8B   (Serge Van Heertum) Alsema Sagitta   (Serge Van Heertum)

Auster J-1 Autocrat (Serge Van Heertum)

(Serge Van Heertum)
NHI H-3 Kolibrie  (Serge Van Heertum) Sobeh H-2  (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum)

MBB BO-105CBS-4 (Bruno Ghils)

The space section (Serge Van Heertum)
ISS model (Serge Van Heertum) US Space Shuttle (Serge Van Heertum)

ANS (Astronomische Nederlandse Satelliet) (Serge Van Heertum)

Gemini mock up (Serge Van Heertum)
Hangar T2
Inside the T2 hangar (Bruno Ghils)
Lambach HL-II (Serge Van Heertum)

Fokker Spin Type C (Serge Van Heertum)

Piper J-3 Cub (Serge Van Heertum)

(Serge Van Heertum)

Reims F172N Skyhawk 100 (Bruno Ghils)

Potez CM-170R Fouga Magister recently damaged at landing (Serge Van Heertum)
Fokker S-11-1 Instructor (Serge Van Heertum) Fokker S-11-1 Instructor (Serge Van Heertum)
Fokker S-11-1 Instructor (Serge Van Heertum) Fokker S-11-1 Instructor (Serge Van Heertum)

Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman (Serge Van Heertum)

During great inspection (Serge Van Heertum)

Douglas DC-2-142 (Bruno Ghils)

(Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Light effect on bare metal...nice! (Bruno Ghils)
Outside Exhibition
(Bruno Ghils)

Antonov (PZL-Mielec) An-2R (Bruno Ghils)

Douglas C-54A Skymaster (DC-4) (Serge Van Heertum)

Saab AJSH37 Viggen (Bruno Ghils)

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SPS/K (Serge Van Heertum)

Boeing 747-206BM (Serge Van Heertum)

Jumbo cockpit (Bruno Ghils)
Refueling the giant (Bruno Ghils) (Bruno Ghils)
Last nose section of Fokker F-100 producted before the bankrupcy of the company (Serge Van Heertum)

Aerospatiale SA-365C-1 Dauphin 2

(Serge Van Heertum)
Fokker 100 (F-28-0100)  (Serge Van Heertum) Fokker F-27-100 Friendship (Serge Van Heertum)
Grumman US-2N Tracker passed from Dutch Marine to KLM
for technical training
 (Bruno Ghils)
Grumman US-2N Tracker
(Bruno Ghils)

Lockheed SP-2H Neptune was also used by KLM (Serge Van Heertum)

Gloster (Fokker) Meteor F8 (Bruno Ghils)

Supermarine Spitfire Mk  V (Replica)  (Bruno Ghils)

Beech C-45H Expeditor (Serge Van Heertum)

The Douglas C-47A (DC-3) G-DAKK left the museum on October 26th, 2013
(Danny Carels)
The plane is sold and will be set back in flight conditions
(Danny Carels)
(Danny Carels) (Danny Carels)
Schiphol Airport 1928
(Serge Van Heertum)
The tower like it was in 1928 (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Bruno Ghils) The security services of the airport (Bruno Ghils)
Back in 1928 (Serge Van Heertum) The luggage rack (Serge Van Heertum)

The café-restaurant (Serge Van Heertum)

The postal service (Serge Van Heertum)
The radio telecommunication room (Serge Van Heertum) Information panel (Serge Van Heertum)
The escale and flight time (Serge Van Heertum) The weekly route to Batavia (Serge Van Heertum)
The timetable panel (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Bruno Ghils)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
A general view of the Aviodrome complex and Lelystad airport (Serge Van Heertum)
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