Sunday, June 5, 2011

Brussels Aeromuseum - part one

Here are a selection of photos from the wonderful Belgian aero museum in Brussels. The collection is extensive so I've posted here pre-WWII to jet age aircraft.

WWII Douglas Invader (US)

British trio from the Battle of France. On the far left is the Fairey Battle light bomber. A fast and modern plane when it was first introduced in the mid 1930s, it was totally outclassed in 1940. Every Battle the British sent against the Luftwaffe in the first days of the Battle of France were destroyed with terrible loss and they were quickly withdrawn. On the right is the Hawker Hurricane, Britain's mainstay fighter of the Battle of Britain and suspended above is a Bristol Blenheim. Developed from a prewar airliner, it proved to be a reasonably versatile light bomber.

Shelly and the Fairey Battle.

A wonderful Junkers Ju52 transporter/airliner. Introduced in the early 1930s as an airliner, it served the Luftwaffe as a bomber, general transport, paratroop transport and reconnaissance aircraft throughout the Second World War and beyond.

A De Havilland Dragon Rapide amongst the many restoration projects underway.

Nord Aviation 1002 Pinguin 2. This was a postwar French version of the Messerschmitt bf108 Taifun, the predecessor of the ubiquitous Me 109 fighter.

Gorgeous 1932 Proctor Percival.

1944 Percival Proctor Mk4 trainer (UK)

Fairchild C-119 Boxcar

De Havilland Mosquito (UK). The late 30s designed 'wooden wonder' was an excellent light bomber, heavy fighter, night fighter and path finder. It continued in use in many airforces well into the 1950s.

Avro Anson transporter / airliner (UK) & a DC3

A view over the jet collection

Russian assault helicopter and a German Horch truck.

Avro Canada CF-100 (British)

Gloster Meteor (UK). Introduced in the last months of World War Two, the Meteor was Britain's first operating jet fighter. It continued in use with many airforces well into the 1960s.

Britain's first jet fighter, the De Havilland Vampire, was unfortunately the second to be deployed into active service, arriving just weeks too late for service in the Second World War. It was build largely of wood with a steel skin. It served in many post war airforces, including the Royal Australian Airforce.

Soviet Mig-15

Caravelle airliner

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful pictures but I have to point out a couple mistakes.

    First the DeHavilland Vampire was not the first British Jet, that was the Gloster E.28/39.

    Second, why did you label the Avro Canada CF-100 as "British" when it has "Canada" in the manufacturers name and Canadian markings?