Schaffen Old Timer Fly In...Always a must!


Text & Pictures : Serge Van Heertum - SBAP



The 27th edition of the International Schaffen Old Timer Fly-In took place on 14th and 15th August 2010. As an annual tradition, Diest Aero Club organised this event and that since 1979. So during more than 30 years, this event became one of the most important fly-in at Europe with an international participation of collector planes from Belgium naturally, but also from France, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, England and many other countries. This fly-in is a unique opportunity for old machines (or even recent ones) owners and pilots to meet each other once a year. The International Old Timer Fly-in is not an air show, but a pleasant meeting of historical airplanes and their pilots. Some pilots are barely older than their airplanes, while others are young and passionately about restoring these planes in their original condition.
Something you
cannot see at the fly-in is the amount of hours, days, weeks, months or even years that these guys have spent before the wreck they found became an airworthy plane. If these airplanes could speak, you would hear long stories on how all those old flying machine fans kept on trying to straighten that wing, looking for the last missing parts, fixing the canopy and so on, just to get their treasure airborne again. This is not a challenge it's only a passion, a way of life.

On the first day this year many participants landed on EBDT airfield, but less as usual due to the bad weather prediction. This was also the case on Sunday and in the early afternoon most of the visitors had already left Schaffen.
This fly-in
is a must stay in Belgium and in Europe, so let’s hope that the 2011 edition will be sunnier and will attempt the record of 1997 with 449 airplanes on the site !

Modern flying machines where also present After the heavy rain of the friday evening, terrain was "little bit wet"

Focus on the old timer and unusual airplane

Fieseler FI 156 Storch  D-EVDB (c/n 2042) Stinson V.77 Reliant  N1943S (c/n77-463)
Miles M38 Messenger  G-AJWB (c/n 6699) Miles M3A Falcon  G-AEEG (c/n 216)
Saab 91D Safir  PH-RLA (c/n 91367) Cessna 208 Grand Caravan  OO-JEE (c/n 208B079)
Piper PA-22-160 Tripacer  D-EDCH (c/n 22-7419) Luscombe 8F Silvaire  N9945C (c/n S-49)
Great-Lakes 2T-1A-2  PH-GLT (c/n 6710J-342) Boeing B75N1 Stearman  N56200 (c/n 75-7813)
Slingsby Firefly T67M  G-BXKW / HKG-13  (c/n 2061) Christen A-1 Husky  D-EZAR (c/n 358)
Piper PA-16 Clipper  N5360H (c/n 16-167) Focke Wulf-Piaggio FWP149D  OO-VHM (c/n 026)
Mooney M20C  D-EDDN (c/n 2595) Mooney M20D Master  D-EHVY (c/n 165)
Tipsy Nipper just after restauration, without any markings... Tipsy T.66S Nipper Mk III  OO-MLD (c/n 73)
Auster AOP.9  G-BKVK / WZ662  (c/n AUS/10/2) Auster AOP.6  G-ARNO / VX113 (c/n 3722)
Bolcköw Bo 207  I-ARAM (c/n 243) Bellanca Aeronca 7AC Champion  OO-MDM (c/n 3623)
Cessna 185 Skywagon  PH-DUK (c/n 185-0046)...unusual ampibian aircraft on the green grass of Schaffen

De Havilland Canada DHC-1 "Chipmunk"

De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 21  G-AMUF (c/n C1/0832) De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22  G-AOJR (c/n C1/0205)
De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22  G-BWTG / WB671 (c/n C1/0119)
De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22  G-BCPU (c/n C1/0839) De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22 D-EPAK / WD388 (c/n C1/0328)

De Havilland DH-82 "Tiger Moth"

De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth D-EKIF / R-5216  (c/n 83091) De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth  N929S but paint as the G-ACDR (c/n T6558)
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth   G-AJHS (c/n 82121) Back to the golden years of aviation

Piper Cub and Super Cub

Piper PA-18-95 Super Cub  N298SQ (c/n 18-1586) Piper PA-18-95 Super Cub  D-ELQY (c/n 18-3083)
Piper PA-18-95 Super Cub  OO-SPJ (c/n 18-1547) Piper PA-18-95 Super Cub  OO-LOT (c/n 18-3218)
Piper J3C-65 Cub  OO-CEK (c/n 12760) Piper L18C-P1 Super Cub ex OL-L72  OO-ACK (c/n 18-3146)
Piper PA-18-95 Super Cub  OO-WIV (c/n 18-1544) Piper PA-18-105 Super Cub  OO-ATY (c/n 18-3221)
Piper PA-18-95 Super Cub  OO-HBQ (c/n 18-3130) Piper PA-18-95 Super Cub  OO-SPG (c/n 18-2060)
Piper PA-18-95 Super Cub  PH-FLG (c/n 18-1445) Piper PA-18-135 Super Cub  PH-GAZ / R-109 (c/n 18-3537)
Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub  N158FJ (c/n 18-8312) Piper PA-18-135 Super Cub  PH-KNF (c/n 18-3826)

Stampe & Vertongen SV4b, SV4c and SV4d

Belgian beauty... Stampe & Vertongen (SNCAN) SV4A  OO-GWC (c/n 1)
Stampe & Vertongen (SNCAN) SV4C  OO-LYR (c/n 109) Stampe & Vertongen (SNCAN) SV4E  OO-SVT (c/n 9)
Stampe & Vertongen SV4Bis  OO-WIL (c/n 1184) Stampe & Vertongen (SNCAN) SV4E   OO-KAT (c/n 416)
Stampe & Vertongen (SNCAN) SV4C  OO-SVS (c/n 320) Stampe & Vertongen (SNCAN) SV4C  OO-VSV (c/n 349)

A tribute to Stelio Frati (1919-2010)
see our "In Memoriam" page

Siai Marchetti SF.260D   OO-EEJ (c/n 2-41) Aviamilano F.14 Nibbio  G-OWYN (c/n 208)
Procaer F.15A Piccio  F-BULT (c/n 15) Aeromere F.8LIII Falco  D-ENOB (c/n 206)
Aeromere F.8LIII Falco  D-EHHE (c/n 227) Aeromere F.8LIII Falco  D-EKMK (c/n 232)
Sequoia F.8L Falco  PH-HGL (c/n 001)


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