145 civil and military aircraft is an invitation to rediscover, from the most famous to the most insignificant, those flying oldtimers. Charlie’s book is quite a masterpiece that I recommend to any visitor ! Mehdi Schneyders
An engine sound is being heard and I look up in the sky. My eyes want to catch a mechanic bird up and then, out of the blue, an aircraft passes over my head. My mind remains captivated for a couple of seconds… like any aviation enthusiast, I must say ! I was 9 years old when I discovered, along with 4th grade students, the Aviation Department ( known as the Air & Space Section ) at the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History in Brussels. Although I grew up in the aviation world ( my father worked for 42 years as a programmer with Sabena Airlines and Sabena Technics as well ), I must admit that my interest in aviation was not as strong as it is today !
Charlie de la Royère, who I briefly met for the first time on October 13th, 2009, has done a fantastic job, indeed ! 145 civil and military aircraft is much more than a thick flyer or a booklet, no question about it. This beautiful book can be seen, whether you have a passion for aviation or not, as a true register of the formidable aircraft collection preserved within the walls of the Aviation Department. Written in three languages ( French, Dutch and English ), this necessary book would be able to expose you to the story of the journey made by every single one of these aircraft throughout the 20th Century and the last decades as well. Step by step, with patience, passion and fortitude, Charlie de la Royère has collected all the details and informations in order to create a work of reference, which he did all right !
As I said previously, this book was necessary to show you the aircraft collection. Yes, some of these « old birds » are in poor state and look quite miserable, I agree. However, there are passionated and skilful people who give their time to restore these flying machines. Whatever the situation, and against all odds, they all keep up the good work with calmness, true commitment… and a great sense of humour as well ! Thanks to them, the aircraft are recapturing their vanished youth and in a way, they continue to captivate our imagination.
What the dream of Icarus was all about ? Why mankind wanted to be lighter than air ? Aviation pioneers, whether they were men or women, dreamed about it. Today, we are all able to enjoy this very dream. 145 civil and military aircraft is an invitation to rediscover, from the most famous to the most insignificant, those flying oldtimers. Although I did notice some typos and the absence of the author’s biography ( why ? ), Charlie’s book is quite a masterpiece that I recommend to any visitor !
Have a pleasant flight !