Schaffen - Diest Oldtimer Fly-In 2012
The 29th International Oldtimer Fly/Drive-In was organised on at Schaffen-Diest airfield on the weekend of 11 and 12 August 2012. Contrary to last year’s edition this very smoothly organised gathering of aircraft and vintage cars was blessed with some of the best weather since the start of the summer holidays. Thanks to these marvelous conditions a record number of participants turned up for the weekend. A total of no less that 251 aircraft participated in this 29th edition and this in spite of a temporarily safety measure in the framework of the London Olympic Games which allowed only transponder equipped aircraft to cross the English Chanel.
Not many warbirds turned up but some great vintage machines could be admired in the large aircraft parking area. Highlights were the De Havilland DH.84 Dragon and the Messerschmitt BF-108.
A photographic overview of some of the highlights:
De Havilland H.84 Dragon EI--ABI painted to represent the first Aer Lingus Dragon "Iolar" (which means "Eagle" in the Irish language). It is the former Royal Air Force's AV982.
Undisputed star of the 29th International Oldtimer Fly-in at Schaffen-Diest, former Swiss Air Force Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun, HB-HEB / A-201 taking off at Schaffen on August 11th, 2012.
Co-owner Peter Kirchen taking of in Grimbergen based Piper L-4J OO-CEK (c/n 12760) ex USAAF 44-80464.
Yak 52 G-BVMU (c/n 941180) Yellow 09 arriving at Schaffen on Saturday.
Siai Marchetti SF.260WL HB-ERJ (c/n 502) in its original former colour scheme as Burkina Faso Air Force BF8424.
Coming from France Cessna 140 F-AZON (c/n 12839) is very well maintained in its shiny metal and blue colour scheme.
Motorglider Stemme S-10 VT D-KNMY (c/n 11-110) always surprises with its unique automatically retractable prop.
A detailed view of the retractable propeller powered by a turbo-charged Rotax 914 engine, producing 85.7kW (115HP).
A large number of ULM aircraft visited the Fly-in such as Dyn Aero MCR OO-H07 (c/n 409).
Swiss registered Jodel D.9 HB-SAE (Supplier N° AB.11)
Sporting a very smart paint job, Stearman N2S-3 Kaydet "Old Crow "N9912H (c/n 75-7213 ex-USNavy 07609)
Another ULM or isn't it...., Platzer Kiebitz OO-G28 (c/n 336)
This view clearly illustrated the easy laid back atmosphere of the Schaffen Fly In. Piper PA-22-160 Tri-Pacer G-HALL (c/n 22-7423) between the owners tents.
Very colorful Piper L-18C-95 Super Cub D-ELQY (c/n 18-3083 and former Belgian Light Aviation L-9)
Belgian Pitts S-2C G-INDI (c/n 6084)
If ever you want to acquire and fly Belgium's best aeronautical design...; Stampe-Vertongen SV-4B OO-SVA in its military colour scheme as V-49 is up for sale.
You know how to contact the owner and Schaffen Fly In organiser, Guy.
Thanks Guy, see you again next year for the 30th edition.
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Last updated 15/08/12 17:16 Daniel Brackx