Well - illustrated with photographs, line drawings and maps, this fine book tells the story of the Haren - Evere Airfield ( near Brussels, Belgium ), from its construction during the First World War to the late 2000's.
|Book cover finish
||Offset varnish, Perfect paperback
|Number of pages
||19 x 21 x 1.1 cm
It was during the First World War that Brussels' first airfield came into being. The German occupying forces transformed a rural site on the outskirts of the suburbs into an airship base for conducting bombing and observation missions in France and England.
After the Armistice, the Belgian Army made this its main airfield, which it soon shared with the first Belgian aviation companies, S.N.E.T.A. and later S.A.B.E.N.A. Airplanes flew routes from this airfield to France, England, Germany and Scandinavia. In 1925, Edmond Thieffry departed from here on his daring fifty - one - day flight to the Congo. It took another ten years before passengers were able to reach the colony in just five days on board the new larger, faster, more comfortable airplanes.
Changes in the airfield's facilities and in its terminal mirrored the rapid developments in civil aviation. The various airfield services were first set up in isolated buildings and later were quickly grouped together. While the new terminal that was inaugurated in 1929 still looked like a train station, its reinforced concrete extension added three years later fitted perfectly into the modernist style that was popular in those days. Deserted by airplanes long since, the site is now being prepared to accommodate the new N.A.T.O. Headquarters.