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January 2015

January 2015


















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2014 first year of operation in perspective

Summarize one year of activity in a few words is not an easy task. It was a year full of activities, passion and successes. Let's try to avoid to be boring and let's focus on the main points.


B-25 Mitchell : The initial target of the BAPA was to have the location and the capacities to restore the B-25. 2014 was the first year where both were truly available. An inventory of the corrosion spots to be repaired in the front part of the fuselage up to the instrument panel was done. Thierry repaired the blushes and damages on the skin of the navigator compartment .  A new primer was applied and researches started to purchase the olive drab to paint this area. Yankee Charlie and Yankee Victor are working in the cockpit to access the places where corrosion need repairs.

A jig to permit the restoration of the engines is under construction after a study by Nicolas.

Laurent is progressing with the restoration of the main undercarriage legs. The jig is also under construction.

The full set of drawings was ordered and paid. We are waiting the delivery thanks to Robert and Didier.

An inventory of the available instruments is under review following a massive gift by Laurent P.


2014 Restoration Summary B-25 "44-30925"

Task

Status

Restoration front fuselage

In progress

Front fuselage anti corrosion process

In progress

Front fuselage temporary floor

Completed

Front undercarriage (restoration and jig)

Completed

Main undercarriage

In progress

Instrument panel

In Progress

Engines

Acquired and delivered

Engines jigs

In progress

Documentation index and availability

Completed

Drawings

Ordered, waiting delivery


Slingsby : Pierre and Nicolas are completing the cleanup of the wings. A report of the repairs to be done is already prepared and some metallic parts are already sandblasted.


Jacobs engine : This personal project was completed in 3 months. The engine was cleaned, protected against corrosion, painted and installed on a support specially constructed for the engine. A real tour de force in 3 months.


Flying Flea's : There are now 3 flying flea's under restoration or construction as private projects housed in the workshop. The first one will have the wings covered when the weather will improve. Thibaut is well progressing on the manufacturing on the main spar of the first wing of his own project.


Sablier Chanute Glider : Thibaut and Vincent started to put together the parts of this fine replica.


P-51 Mustang Dashboard : A new project, result of the gift of the instrument by Laurent P. No


USS Hornet scale model : Should be completed in the first weeks of 2015.


Technical manuals : More technical manuals in digital format were received but are not yet added to the inventory.


Library : Continuous gifts are received from donators permit continuous growth.  We hope to have the capability in 2015 to give access to visitors.


Insurances : Thanks to the locall authorities, our acting volunteers will benefit of an insurance during our restoration activities.


Gifts : There were gifts almost every week in 2014. The most spectacular was the acquisition of the B-25's engines thanks to a massive support. All the gifts are recorded in a registry but to avoid to publish a very long list, we prefer to warmly thanks all our supporters in 2014 and hope the flow will grow in 2015.


What's next ?

2015 promises to be very busy. We have already projects in progress as well as opportunities in discussion.


Resources, volunteers and support are the keys.


If you wish to join BAPA, visit us or learn more about our activities, you are welcome to contact us at contact@bapa.be


Any support, financial as well in gift of tools, archive or aircraft is still welcome. See more at http://www.bapa.be/how-to-help-us


If you want to renew your membership (25 Euro) or help us by a gift, our bank account is BE81 3631 1427 4124 BAPA, Chaussée de Tirlemont, 75A 5030 Gembloux,

You can contact us at contact@bapa.be

www.bapa.be


Many happy landings





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To join the Bastards : +32 477931671 or +32 48536686 Email : contact@bapa.be

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We do it because we did not know it is supposed to be impossible




December 2014. Classics wings published an article about the BAPA last activities 




October 2014

October 2014
















All the pictures of the event here


Successful 2nd Open door afternoon


Last Sunday October 5th, the Belgian Aviation Preservation Association organized her 2nd Open Door afternoon. The young nonprofit organization dedicated to save, restore and preserve the aviation heritage in Belgium officially launched in September 2013 wanted to invite friends, sponsors and aviation maniacs to share the results of the first year of operation.


It was also the occasion to show the B-25 Michell engines to the sponsors who helped to acquire theses essential parts for the "B25 back to Belgium" project.


The results of the year are quite incredible :


- Participation to the TV Show 1001 Belges

- Croses Airplume saved and preserved

- Phoebus glider saved and preserved

- Austria Glider restored and put on display

- Airfield lighting equipment gift put on display

- Lockheed P-38 display completed

- Progress on the Flying Flea OO-04

- Start of the restoration of the first Slingsby and manufacturing of a new support for flight simulation.

- Digital library of technical manual : volume increase of 20 %

- Gifts : Scale models, books, tools,

- Visits : Every Saturday and at least 3 groups visits.

- Successful experimentation of electrolyze to restore steel parts.  


B-25 Mitchell


- Front undercarriage  restoration completed

- Main undercarriage  restoration started

- B-25 front compartment repairs anti corrosion treatment

- Engine crowd funding campaign, acquisition and transport


The event was also the occasion to remember a friend who just left us a few days before.


Georges Pradez was an unique animator on the Belgian national radio but he was also a talented scale modeller and an aviation lover. Since the early time of the BAPA, he was always there when help was needed. He was also a "no way to stop" story teller about aviation as well a permanent source of innovation and new ideas in our activities.


We decided to give his name to the workshop of the BAPA and in the presence of members of his family and friends a plate was unveiled wearing his name.


Further initiatives remembering the memory of Georges are already running.


We hope in the future to honour other great Belgian aviation figures.


The end of the official part of the open day was marked by a flypast by 3 flying machines piloted by friends including the most iconic Belgian aircraft : A Stampe SV4


As there was still a lot of things to eat and drink at the buffet, promising discussions continued long in the afternoon.


Thanks again to the ones who helped to make this year and this event successful.


If you wish to join BAPA, visit us or learn more about our activities, you are welcome to contact us at contact@bapa.be


Any support, financial as well in gift of tools, archive or aircraft is still welcome. See more at http://www.bapa.be/how-to-help-us


Many happy landings


All pictures available from our picture albums






Visit us on www.bapa.be

To join the Bastards : +32 477931671 or +32 48536686 Email : contact@bapa.be

Who is the BAPA ? see http://www.bapa.be/about-our-organization


We do it because we did not know it is supposed to be impossible




March 2014

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March 2014



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This is not because we had nothing to write but because we had too much to do. !


The winter is almost away and we did a lot of things during the cold season.


Thanks to Stefaan we have now an air compressor. It was connected to the air network by Yves V & Vincent. The sandblasting station is also operational.  Both hardwares already help a lot during restoration sessions.


Considerable efforts were done to have an IT infrastructure. Having the right hardware help today for archiving tasks. We have also the capability to check the technical manuals on the spot when needed. Most of our documentation are also stored on digital medias. They can easily be shared or taken at home for preparing the restoration tasks.  Backups can be stored out of the workshop for safety. Finally only the needed pages are printed sparing rooms and money.


Flying Flea : Vincent finished the restorations of the wings. The parts are now painted.  The hinges needed to assemble the wings are still under repairs or under manufacturing but the fuselage and the wings will soon be re united.


Slingsby : We started to work on one of these gliders. Nicolas begin by restoring the elevator to assess what need to be done. After removing old paint, he found the wood structure was still in very good shape and did not need repairs. Some metallic parts needed to be repaired and are already under process. Thanks to Firmin and Richard Cawsey. We have now some ideas about the identities of both Slingsby. The most serious candidates are WZ768 (For sure, once owned by Guy Englebert) and possibly XK788. We still hope to find the RAF serial number somewhere on the airframes. Richard confirmed to us it was common practice when the Slingsby's were in use to assemble parts from different aircraft when the gliders were used.

To end with the Slingsby, we are also near the end with the restoration of the support to use the Slingsby as a simulator.


Austria : We are preparing the display of this nice glider. We searched to find pictures of OO-… when he was painted as a Tiger (“Le Tigge” as said in Walloon). Thanks to Bob, we have now good pictures of the machine at this time. The fuselage was already cleaned and small repairs done. Painting will soon start.  The target is not to fully restore the Austria but put the airframe in the best conditions to be preserved. This way to work avoid time losses in the future to repair damages caused by bad storage.  The instrument dashboard of this glider is missing. If ever you have documentation to build a new one or you know where to find an original one, we are interested.




On February 3rd, the 11th airframe was delivered in Gembloux. This is a Croses  Airplume, a variant of the Flying Flea. The airframe was found in Liernu and transported thanks to Yves V, Michel, Robert and Vincent. The Airplume is complete except the ignition key and undamaged. The only repairs will be to fix a flat tire and to clean the machine. There is no registration on the airframe, so if someone can help us to identify this particular machine, it will be great.


Claude Lesoil is known in our small community for his wonderful paintings. We have 2 of his works in Gembloux. Both are for sale. The first one (40 x 50 cm) depicts Mony Van Lierde scrambling his Tempest from Kluis (Nederland). The subject of the second one (40 x 50 cm) is Cheval Lallemant attacking a train in Normandy with his Typhoon. Both paintings are for sale (Van Lierde 350 Euro - Cheval Lallemant 525 Euro). If you are interested, do  not hesitate to contact us.tmpAEB2.jpgtmpCFDA.jpg


Another interesting addition to the artifacts is a collection of airfield lights. It shall be an interesting project to explain how these devices are used for safety. Thanks to the donator.



Didier Campion deposited the tail wheel unit of a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt he found some years ago. He has also given us a window we cannot identify. This is a part of US origin (Olive Drab and Yellow Zinc Chromate). This is not from a B-25 nor a B-26. So if you have any suggestion, please mail us.tmpD4B2.jpg


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On the archives front, the last scanned documents are some issues of Luchtvaart. This Dutch speaking newspapers is an interesting example of the Dutch speaking aviation press in the years 1930’s. The Veys collection contains some of these newspapers from Nr 1 until the moment the newspapers stopped to be published with World War II.




And the masterpiece ?


Philippe Levecq made a 4th 1/48 scale model of the B-25. Now the model depict our aircraft as she appeared in the motion picture "Hannover street" as scale model. It was not a simple model to be build from the box since the Georgeous Georges Ann" artwork needed to be reproduced and it took a lot of time to Philippe but the result is perfect. The model is on display.


Sometime, on a restoration project you can have the impression, progresses are very slow. This is just an impression due to the fact some activities have not always  visible results. Some actions are also done on small parts and a close examination is needed to see the results.  This is what happen currently with the front undercarriage leg. Laurent spent a lot of time fixing details during the winter. What is sure is this part is making great impression to our visitors.


Thierry and Rodrigo made miracles repairing some small scratches on the front fuselage.  It is still discussions about how to repair these damages. A classical way is to restore aircraft to "Factory Fresh" conditions.  To reach such results, considerable resources should be needed to replace the original skin with a new one. Just removing the original aluminum plates is already a tour de force. On the other side, when checking actual pictures we discovered the operational B-25’s were covered with small scratches, results of the day to day missions. So in our current knowledge, we are repairing the damages caused by previous storage and try to keep as much as possible of the original aircraft.


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Scratches on the Mitchell of the RAF Museum in Hendon




We are always looking for :

Volunteers to join us on our restoration projects, specially the North American B-25 Mitchell. No special expertise is needed to start but any previous experience in metal working, aircraft maintenance, CAD/CAM and 3D printing is hardly welcome. Joining our team, you will have the unique opportunity to work on historical aircraft and share the warm brotherhood of our association.

Sponsors to develop win-win relationships sharing the common enthusiasm for technologies. The size is not important but any collaboration is a plus. We can offer a lot of opportunities whatever is what you want to invest in our common future.

Aviation heritage : Aircraft, engine, tools, documentation, testimonies. We cannot save everything but until now nothing was impossible. Any gift or depot will be positively studied and will make our common heritage richer for the benefit of everyone.



Thanks again to all those we support us. Our finance status is healthy for the end of this year but we need to increase our capabilities in 2014.


Any support, financial as well in gift of tools, archive or aircraft is still welcome. See more at http://www.bapa.be/how-to-help-us


Many happy landings


All pictures available from our picture albums


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Visit us on www.bapa.be

To join the Bastards : +32 477931671 or +32 48536686

Email : contact@bapa.be

Who is the BAPA ? see http://www.bapa.be/about-our-organization

Help us ? see : http://www.bapa.be/how-to-help-us



We do it because we did not know it is supposed to be impossible




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December 2013


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November & December 2013















Cold but on the frontline !


November and December was cold but busy.


Laurent started to paint the parts of the front undercarriage he already lovely restored. To preserve and protect the parts he restored, Laurent put not less that 3 layers of primer and 3 layers of paint. Fortunately all the paint reference are included in the maintenance manuals we have. Although it was time consuming to find exactly the same colour, he succeed in doing it. He also restored the identification plates applied on the different parts. As mentioned last month, he build a support to test retraction of the undercarriage, see a demonstration in video.


Vincent painted the wings of the Flying flea, he is working on. The compressor is not yet in place but using a mobile unit, he can achieve good results (although he hate the yellow colour).


On the B-25 front fuselage, both Yves started to work in the bombardier compartment. Any remains of glass mastic used to fix the Plexiglas are removed and we also repaired small scratches. We discovered very few corrosion zones. Most of the damaged parts can be easily repaired by manufacturing new ones. Once the cleanup will be done, Thierry will do a checkup for corrosion and we will share our findings to be sure nothing is forgotten. He already repaired a small bump. We also searched to understand how the floor was fixed. We discovered two different models were used but the good news is these parts can be made from scratch and we do not need to buy expensive specific parts.


Eric is finishing to remove carefully to the damaged parts on the central section. It took him a lot of time avoiding to further damage these parts. Some nuts were very resistant and needed hours to be removed.


We had the visit of the third Yves and the RSAB organized a meeting in Gembloux. More than 30 visitors had the occasion to share with us their experiences and their broad knowledge.


Robert fabricated a box to store the blades of the focke achgelis of Didier.

We received from Marc Vanderelst  a splendid picture of the B-25 Mitchell of the 180 squadron. The father of Marc flow with this unit.


Thierry is working on a workshop security checklist.


Winter is almost there, so we plan to buy sweat-shirt and overall to protect ourself against the rigors of the Belgian weather. If you are interested.

They will be on sale with BAPA from January at 37 Euro for BAPA members and 50 Euro for non members. If you are interested please contact us


The back is decorated with the pinup once painted on our B-25. If you are interested please contact us.


The safety poster is updated at the workshop as a reminder of good practices and put a copy of these posters at http://www.bapa.be/safety  


On  the archiving from, we are currently putting in service a backup of digital documents already scanned.

More than 140 documents of the Veys collection are now available at http://www.bapa.be/our-projects/07-collection-michel-veys  

Our collection of digital aircraft manuals is now of 808 items (https://sites.google.com/site/bapabe2/our-projects/archives) .


Thanks again to all those we support us. Our finance status is healthy for the end of this year but we need to increase our capabilities in 2014.


Any support, financial as well in gift of tools, archive or aircraft is still welcome. See more at http://www.bapa.be/how-to-help-us


Many happy landings


All pictures available from our picture albums






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Visit us on www.bapa.be

To join the Bastards : +32 477931671 or +32 48536686 Email : contact@bapa.be

Who is the BAPA ? see http://www.bapa.be/about-our-organization


We do it because we did not know it is supposed to be impossible





October 2013

Our first newsletter


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October 2013







10 !

Last October 14th, the 10th aircraft joined the BAPA in Gembloux. This is a magnificent Austria Glider offered to us by Willy Marrot thanks to the help of Bob. After the arrival of the machine, she was quickly cleaned by the enthusiastic  team.


This is not the only news at our workshop.


Eric put on display  USAAF pilot equipment near the P-38 display. Our future visitors will have so the possibility to learn about flight gears.


Laurent continue to work on his front undercarriage but now he can simulate retraction and extension of the device. This is the first time in many years of active restoration  we make an aeronautical device back in functional state. Unusually, we restored parts for static display only. This achievement was completed in just 3 months.


Yves and Thierry started to work on the front fuselage. Taking advantage of their long experience, they first concentrate on the documentation. Thierry setup a professional logbook of all the operations performed on the airframe. They started to work on the airframe but any task if first carefully planned to cope with the manuals.


Eric also dismantled damaged parts on the central section of the wings to secure future operations and study what need to be done for repairs. It was a long and painstaking task.


Thanks to the results of the inauguration party (Thanks again Alex) . We started to buy the missing equipment for our restorations.  A dummy for Eric USAAF flight gear and others first necessity tools were purchased hunting the internet to find the best cost effective solutions. We are still looking for some missing tools, if ever you can help please find the list of what we search at http://www.bapa.be/how-to-help-us   


All together we cumulated much more than 100 years  of experience. In this long time, we succeed in avoiding accidents during our restoration activities.  Safety is for us mandatory and critical. Aviation and specially the Belgian Air Force has a very long tradition of promoting safety by the use of posters.  We will use vintage safety poster at the workshop as a reminder of good practices and put a copy of these posters at http://www.bapa.be/safety  


On  the archiving from, we restarted to publish the already scanned documents of the Veys collection. More than 140 documents are now available at http://www.bapa.be/our-projects/07-collection-michel-veys  

Our collection of digital aircraft manuals is now of 808 items (https://sites.google.com/site/bapabe2/our-projects/archives) . Robert provided to us some extra cabinets very helpful to store the documents we collected or we received.


André Dillien offered to us his Belgian registration files. The last update is available from www.bapa.be


Thanks again to all those we support us. Our finance status is healthy for the end of this year but we need to increase our capabilities in 2014.


Any support, financial as well in gift of tools, archive or aircraft is still welcome. See more at http://www.bapa.be/how-to-help-us


Many happy landings


All pictures available from our picture album

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Visit us on www.bapa.be

To join the Bastards : +32 477931671 or +32 48536686 Email : contact@bapa.be

Who is the BAPA ? see http://www.bapa.be/about-our-organization

Help us ? see : http://www.bapa.be/how-to-help-us



We do it because we did not know it is supposed to be impossible





September 2013

We had a lot of visits to Gembloux.

A nice article about our activities was published in "L'avenir", see the article here

http://www.lavenir.net/article/detail.aspx?articleid=DMF20130919_011

We opened a new column Notam for you to publish your adverts






BAPA official startup & workshop inauguration
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On September 1st,  the Belgian Aviation Preservation Association was officially launched and our workshop was also officially opened. We had a party with some of the friends who helped us to make these two initiatives successful.  

Didier displayed his rare Focke Agnelis Focke-Achgelis Fa 330 Bachstelze. The autogiro was never displayed in public before.

Alex offered some rare instruments.  It will be helpful for the B-25 restoration.

A huge lot of work, creativity, involvement were necessary and it was great for our team to heard the satisfaction and encouragements from our visitors.

We were also very proud to present the Mitchell to the persons who helped to buy the aircraft.

The next Wednesday, we were at work with a boasted morale as never before.

Thanks again to all those who helped so much.

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.







Flypast T 28 Trojan Gembloux 2013 09 01 filmed by Marc Loward

A salute from another North American Aviation magnificent aircraft to the B-25 Mitchell in Gembloux during the BAPA party on September 1st, 2013. Thx Peter and Marc







André Dillien lists André compile Belgian aircraft civil registrations, Belgian pilots lists, Russian pilots lists. One time per month we upload his lists to share with any enthusiasts

On September 1st, 2013, André offered his lists to the Belgian Aviation Preservation Association (BAPA)

André Dillien lists

 







August 2013


The front undercarriage leg and wheel restored by Laurent.
























Preparing the inauguration




Flying Flea tail installed



July 2013



The B-25 on her jigs. Restoration can start









Arrival of OO-BCN






The first flea on his wheels











Laurent working on the front undercarriage leg.










June 2013


P-38 display














Storing the MU 13








May 2013




Arrival of the missing parts of the B-25












March 2013

More storage (building a mezzanine to multiply by 2 the storage space) 









Winter 2012



Working on the flying flea's














One of the Merlin almost ready for display













Arrival of a chanute biplane glider




















Laurent tools panels (quick and easy access to the tools)














Summer 2012 arrival of the parts of the B-25 from Melles











May 2012 storing the gliders



The gliders are stored to gain place for the B-25























March 2012 Arrival of three gliders



Thanks to André Dillien, 3 gliders from the Guy Englebert
Collection joined BAPA in March 2012.

We hope to have one of these machines to be used for
display as Guy did so many time.




















August 2011 Arrival of the Veys Collection



See details at
http://www.bamf.be/?Collection_Philippe_Veys














February 2011 fist visit to Gembloux

















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