BAMF’s aim is to raise funds for use
in the preservation of Belgian aeronautical history. It raises money through private and business
sources. The projects to be supported by
this fundraising are selected by the BAMF Board of Directors and their
financing complies with Article 104 of Belgian Income Tax legislation.
This requires the beneficiaries to
provide full justification of all expenditure.
The details are included in the contract that is drawn up between both
parties for each project.
Selected projects funded by our
1. AVIATIK CI (1916).
Masterpiece of the Museum’s World
War 1 collection, this Aviatik C1 is the last and only existing airframe of the
type in the world. (It includes a Mercedes-Daimler engine, rare by itself). All
the available drawings, technical descriptions, information and historical data
were electronically stored. This project was handed to the Musée Royal de
l’Armée et d’Histoire Militaire.
2.BLERIOT XI "Olieslagers" (1913).
Personnel aircraft of Jan
Olieslagers, the Belgian aviation pioneer, one of the first airmen to perform
aerial acrobatics. This airplane was used for the last air meeting in Stockel,
on June 8 1914 (suburbs of Brussels). Major issue was to reengineer the aircraft,
as no drawings were available for this particular model. As a low priority
project, it was decided to concentrate the efforts on building the
undercarriage, the most complicated sub assembly, while accumulating as much
documentation as possible. One of our sponsors supplied the wood; Our
association subcontracted the manufacturing of the missing metallic parts.
Visits to Memorial Flight in Paris and world wide researches allowed to prepare
the related drawings. Ateliers Poncelet (Brussels) manufactured the wooden
frame and AELR volunteers assembled the undercarriage, now on display in the
Estimated total cost of restoration was
45.000€ The project is presently on hold for lack of funds.
3. VOISIN de Caters (1909).
This is a replica of the aircraft
used for the first flight in Belgium by a Belgian pilot (Saint Job-in-t-Goor,
December 2, 1909). The pilot was Baron Pierre de Caters. The Belgian Aero Club issued
him pilot licence Nr 1. Our association funded the lower wings. All existing documentation
was scanned and stored on digital media. AELR volunteers prepared the missing
drawings and coordinated local tasks with Ateliers Poncelet.
Project is now closed and on display
in Brussels’ Army Museum.
4. FIESELER "STORCH" Fi-156 (1941).
One of the rare original German
aircraft of the WWII on display in the Museum. The Fieseler Storch was designed
in 1935, flew for the first time in 1936 and proved to be the best A.O.P
aircraft in WW II. This particular aircraft, Werke 5503, KR+QX, landed in
Sweden on April 4, 1945 and later served in the Swedish Air Force. Restoration
of the fuselage is finished, thanks to a strong cooperation between the Museum,
BAMF, AELR, Ateliers Poncelet and Mr. Firmin Henrard. The Museum helped with
logistic support and global project controlling. Our association funded the wooden
wings’ restoration (one of the few existing wooden wings pairs in the world, as
most were replaced by metallic ones during the war of after). Restoration now nears
ending, wings are painted. Final reassembly will take place in 2012. Our
association funded 90% of the wings’ cost.
5. North-American B-25J Mitchell
medium bomber (1944).
As a tribute to Belgian and allied airmen that flew
the B-25 from and above Belgium, our association acquired B-25 J 44-30925
airframe in 2004. The project is to restore the plane to display condition.
Paint stripping is finished, anti-corrosion primer applied). The hunt is on
(and very successful) to collect the parts still required before a full
restoration can begin. Estimated required budget: 85.000 euro.
6. De Havilland
DH-890 “Dragon Rapide.”
Built at the
end of 1939 for the RAF (where the airplane was called “Dominie”), this
particular airframe served various private owners, before donation to the
Museum in 1973. Our association paid for the seats and other parts, the
airframe is nearing completion and display of the final result is expected in
the course of the coming year.
7. Triplan Bataille
Built and patented
in 1911 by César Bataille, inventor and industrial living in Basècles (Belgian
Hainaut). In 1972, Bataille family donated the remains of the airframe to the
Museum, where restoration began. It is now displayed as one of the WW I stars
of the Museum’s collection.
8. Fokker Dr.I “Triplane”.
Our association purchased a
Fokker Dr.I Dreidecker airframe replica and offered it to the Museum, therefore
increasing its already famous WW I aircraft collection. The aircraft became
renowned as the aircraft in which Manfred von Richthofen gained his last 19 victories, and in
which he was killed on 21 April 1918.
9. Westland Lysander Mk III.
Our association gave financial
support to the “Sabena Old Timers” for the restoration of this aircraft, one of
the few remaining in the world. The Westland Lysander was a British army co-operation and liaison aircraft produced by Westland Aircraft used immediately before and during WW
II. After becoming obsolete in the army co-operation role, the aircraft's
exceptional short-field performance enabled clandestine
missions using small, unprepared airstrips behind enemy lines to place or
recover agents, particularly in occupied France.
Purchase of 10 dummies for the Beauvechain Museum.
Donation of the « The Slivers » painting to the First
Wing Historical Centre in Beauvechain,
Donation of the “Typhoon PR-D shooting down a FW 190” painting
to the “Musée Col Avi R. Lallemant DFC” in Florennes.
Gift of paint for the CF 100 refurbishment, in the First
Wing Historical Centre in Beauvechain.
Purchase of spare parts for the Chipmunk.
Gift of specialised tools in favour of AELR’s
restoration group, purchase of wood in support of the SOT restoration project
of a Junker 52
Financial help for the restoration of the Dragon
Rapide ‘s leather seats.
Purchase of spare parts for the SOT « Tiger Moth »
Purchase of twelve paintings by Alan O’Mill, now
displayed in the Museum.
Financial help for the installation of the «
Aérostation » exhibition in the Museum.
Purchase of a Renard 5 HP motor.
Participation to the building of the « Renard »
Display in the Museum.
By “Museum” we
mean in this presentation the Royal Museum of Armed Forces and of Military
History located in Brussels, Belgium.