Since 2002, the Brussels Air Museum Fund and the Brussels Air Museum Restoration Society developed an innovative process to speed up restorations.
The process is based on
the following points.
Fieseler Storch : A strong cooperation between the Museum, the Bamf, the Bamrs, Ateliers Poncelet and Firmin Henrard permitted to restore the wood wings of the aircraft in two years. The Bamrs provided the financial help on a 2 year budget. The Bamrs prepared the works and defined the works to be performed. Frequent visits permitted to fix technical problems and to control the planning and the quality of the works. The Museum help with logistic support and global controlling. On returning to the Museum , the wings were displayed with the authorizations of the Museum. Regular updated on the Bamrs website keep the sponsors and the public aware of the progresses. On the Bamrs site you can find details of the operations.
Bleriot Olieslagers :
In this case, the major issue was to reengineer the aircraft as no drawings
were available of this particular model. As a low priority project, it was
decided to concentrate the efforts on building the undercarriage, the most
complicated sub assembly and to accumulate as much as possible documentation.
One of the sponsors of the Bamf provided the wood needed to build the
undercarriage. The Bamf searched and found a company to build the missing
metallic parts. Visits to Memorial flight in
Voisin de Caters : Thanks to the experience gained with the Storch and the Bleriot, the same process was applied on the Voisin. The Bamf provide budgets for the manufacturing of the lower wings. All documentation was scanned and stored on digital media. The Bamrs prepared the missing drawings and coordinate the manufacturing with Ateliers Poncelet who produced the parts.
On the Bamf website, you can discover more on the project and our pictures gallery provide you details of our progress.
See also “A B-25 back to Belgium” project
At the origin, the Bamf
mostly provided funds to acquire parts or aircraft (see yearly reports for
details) and promote aviation heritage in
Today the strong cooperation between the Bamf and the Bamrs permit also to use at best donations from our sponsors to have a fast return on investment.