Jean-Pierre Lauwers Collection

Wilrijk Luchtvaartweek 1909 poster

Jean-Pierre Lauwers Collection

Guy Van de Merckt Collection

Wilrijk airfield 1909

Wilrijk aerodrome during the first "heavier than air" meeting, called the "Luchtvaartweek", held between 23 October and 2 November 1909. On this aerial photograph at least three Farman-type of aircraft can be recognised. However, the undisputed highlight of the show was the presentation of the "Zodiac" airship, which was normally housed in the huge hangar seen in the center of the picture. Entrance prices were 10 Bfr. for the "A" tribune, 5 Bfr. for the "B" tribune, while the "common" people paid 2 Bfr (with shelter), 1 Bfr or 80 Centiemes depending on the distance to the aerodrome. 

Guy Van de Merckt Collection

Definitely the star of the show was the Belgian airship "Zodiac"

Jean-Pierre Lauwers Collection

Prins Albert in Zodiac

Prince Albert (later King Albert I) (left) makes a flight in the Airship "Zodiac"

Jean-Pierre Lauwers Collection

Voisin of de Caters

The Voisin of Baron de Caters seen during the "Luchtvaartweek.

Wim Claes Collection

Rougier at Wilrijk 1909

Pilot Rougier with his aircraft a Voisin biplane (N 2)

Jean-Pierre Lauwers Collection

Olieslagers at Wilrijk 1909

The very popular Jan Olieslagers in his Bleriot.

Jean-Pierre Lauwers Collection

Zodiac and Voisin

The airship Zodiac and a Voisin biplane over the Wilrijk aerodrome during the show. 

Jean-Pierre Lauwers Collection

If you happen to have pictures or/and documents dealing with this event, please contact us, we will be happy to publish your additional information.

Last updated 14/03/12 12:54   Daniel Brackx