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Dutch airforces glory days on Youtube

Great vintage movies of the dutch naval and airforce glory days:

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Romain Hugault Graphic Novels

Boven-de-Wolken Regis Hautiere (tekst), Romain Hugault (tekeningen)

Above the clouds Regis Hautiere (Scenario), Romain Hugault (Artwork)

The French graphic Novell “Above the clouds” brings you to the world of two pilots, Ferron Pierre Luke and Allan Thompson. It’s a classic Aviator story with truly beautiful cinematic artwork and an amazing sense of detail. Above the clouds these friends share their passion for flying and at the ground they share the love for the same woman, which of course brings the necessary voltage (literally and figuratively)

Romain Hugault strips

Cinematic artwork and an amazing sense of detail

Een van de prachtige platen uit het album Pin-up wings 2

One of the amazing images from Pin-up wings 2 by Romain Hugault

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Early birds Lelystad Airport

The past year several Dutch planes where “grounded due to regulations and technical difficulty’s. Two samples are the B-25 Mitchell and Catalina. Gladly organisations like the Early Birds restore and revisit old aircraft! For the past years they worked on the ” Trusty Rusty” P-51 and the (less famous) Nord 1101 Noralpha ( based on the Messerschmitt Bf 108 design) Which can be airborne next year! (if everything turns out positive)

Stichting vroege vogels Lelystad Nord 1101 Noralpha

Early Birds Lelystad Nord 1101 Noralpha

A few weeks ago I visited this foundation due to a photo assignment for the Aviodrome. The atmosphere in the hangar is really amazing and the foundation has a wonderful collection of aircraft. The foundation had its origins 37 years ago with the reconstruction of several rotary engines. Meanwhile, the fleet consists about over 20 aircraft, a part of it is in airworthy condition and a part is under restoration or waiting for this.

Stichting vroege vogels Lelystad Fleet 7

Early Birds Lelystad Fleet 7

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North American Aviation, Inc. from the Library of Congress

Oktober 1942  B-25 wordt voorbereid op beschildering in de North American Aviation Factory(Credit: Palmer, Alfred T., Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-USW36-240)

October 1942 a B-25 is being prepared for painting in the North American Aviation Factory (Credit: Palmer, Alfred T., Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-USW36-240)

In case you are bored at a Sunday afternoon and if you like old photos, I can recommend the Flickr photostream of The Library of Congress’. This huge stream contains thousands of pictures from old newspapers but also includes great photo series from the war years in color! My previous post was about the B-25 Mitchell, I found in the archive a really a wonderful selection of pictures from the factory .. Who will say whether the famous Dutch b-25 Duke of Brabant Air Force is in one of these pictures.

Juni 1942 Een vrouw aan het werk aan vliegtuigmotoren in de North American Aviation Factory(Credit: Palmer, Alfred T., Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-USW36-142)

June 1942 A woman working on aircraft engines in the North American Aviation Factory(Credit: Palmer, Alfred T., Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-USW36-142)

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Spitfire PR Mk. XIX foto’s 1975 Soesterberg

Submarine Spitfire Mk. XIX jaren 80 (ps853)

Submarine Spitfire Mk. XIX jaren 80 (ps853)

In het kader van foto’s uit de oude doos ben ik analoge vliegtuigfoto’s aan het scannen (en restaureren) die mijn vader in de jaren 70 heeft gemaakt! (ik heb het van geen vreemde)  Zo kwam ik bijvoorbeeld deze fotoserie van deze geweldige Spitfire Mk. XIX. en een even Charismatische Piloot tegen.

Piloot Submarine Spitfire Mk. XIX jaren 80 (ps853)

Piloot Submarine Spitfire Mk. XIX jaren 70 (ps853)

Deze Mk XIX is een van de laatste types Spitfire. De specificaties liegen er niet om: topsnelheid 716Km/u, Maximale vlieghoogte 13,000 M en met een bereik van 2250 KM heeft deze jager zelfs na de Tweede Wereldoorlog nog een belangrijke rol gespeeld als camera verkenner. Het toestel van deze foto (Reg. PS 853) is tot de jaren 50 in actieve dienst geweest waarna het ook nog meteorologische dienst heeft gedaan tot 1957.
Leuke funfact is dat het toestel later nog is gebruikt in de beroemde film “De Battle of Britain”, De complete historie is hier na te lezen.

Submarine Spitfire Mk. XIX jaren 70 (ps853)

Submarine Spitfire Mk. XIX jaren 70 (ps853)

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