De Havilland DH.4 ruderIn October 2009, The Museum acquired the ruder of the De Havilland DH4 N°5.
This rare artifact is one of the few witnesses of the lettering and colors applied on the aircraft of the Belgian Air Force before World War 2.
The Belgian Military aviation acquired her 5 first DH.4 (A7920, B7986, D8353, D8370, D8417, F5707 et F5721) in 1919 from RAF surplus. Sabca produced 15 additional examples under license.
The Belgian DH 4 were used until 1932 for observation and bombing based Evere, Goetsenhoeven and Bierset.
A few ones were also used for passengers transport by SNETA, the forerunner of Sabena.
This new piece fills a gap in the “between the war” collection of the Museum as well as being an interesting addition to the already rich collection of Word War 1 aeronautical collection.
| ||Picture of the De Havilland DH.4 Nr 5 Vander Merch collection thanks to Daniel Brackx |
| ||Picture of the same aircraft wearing another paint scheme from the Guy Destrebecq collection on www.baha.be .|
Picture of the De Havilland DH.4 Nr 5 on the baha website
Pictures of the same aircraft wearing another paint scheme from the Guy Destrebecq collection (thanks to Jacques Schelfaut).
Thanks to Daniel Brackx, Georges Lecomte, Raymond Heymans, Etienne and David and the Davalera gang.
- Flight Archive Aircraft construction in Belgium Sabca DH4 Flight 21/02/1924 http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarch...
- Airco D.H.4/4A http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_airco_DH4.html
- Wiki DH.4 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airco_DH.4