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Exciting Fokker DVII News From Canada
Catching up with some late posting and what better way to start than with Ottawa’s newest display, Fokker built D VII, 10347/18.
In 2015 TVAT was asked to perform a pre-restoration assessment of this particular airframe. Purchased by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (then the National Aeronautical Collection) in the early 1970s, it’s first restoration was halted mid-stride and the project sat in storage until we reassembled the core components in 2015. A unique aircraft, (of the known Fokker D VII survivors, all others were built by sub-contractors usually Albatros or O.A.W.) 10347/18 is last surviving Fokker built D VII aircraft.
The restoration was awarded to The Vintage Aviator Limited of Wellington, New Zealand, an organization know for top quality work. Learn more about TVAL at http://thevintageaviator.co.nz/ .
Our role at TVAT (confusing acronyms, aren’t they! Similar names but we are only connected through our abiding interest in these aircraft) was to provide clarity to the myriad questions surrounding the detail required with such a unique project. This process involved hundreds of emails, endless hours of research over a 2 year period.
Where does this expertise come from? Close, personal and hands on research of the surviving D VII airframes. Researching and documenting a large number of Fokker components and parts that have survived the last century. Building replica parts by relearning ‘lost’ skills, techniques and technology.
10347/18 arrived back in Canada late in 2018 waiting for floor space in the museum to become available for display. Mid February this year (2019) I was invited to Ottawa to work with the Museum’s restoration and Conservation staff to assemble this treasure. Following are a few images in the life of 10347.
Inspiring to see this aircraft come together in completed form after watching, poking and prodding at it for some 20 years. Great fun to work with the CAvSM team which included Erin Gregory Rice, Mathew Bruce, Ray Contant and Réjean Demers