Friends of the Air and Space Museum

Who are we ?

Created as an ASBL (Non-profit organisation) in 1970, as a bilingual association « Les amis du Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace – De vrienden van het Lucht en Ruimtevaart Museum »  (abbreviated to : AELR) its main aim is to help and contribute to the development of the Air and space section of the Musée royal de l’Armée et d’Histoire militaire (abbreviated to : MRA). The activities of the AELR take place within the framework of agreements co-signed with the MRA, who have made available both workplaces and materials.

The work of the AELR has developed thanks to the volunteers working on the restoration of old aircraft in the workshops, in the documentation centre, which has an extensive reference library and photographic archive, and in the « stand SABENA » where the memories of the old National Airline company are perpetuated. AELR volunteers are equally active in the Museum Shop, situated at the entrance next to the ticket and information desk, here you will find for sale, many diverse publications including a number of books dedicated to aviation subjects.

The AELR produces a trimestrial bulletin and an electronic newsletter. It also runs the Sky Café situated in the Air Hall.

Administrative Council of the AELR

Philippe Doppagne, president

Michael Lewis, vice-president

Isabelle Scheyvaerts, vice-president and general secretary

Jean-Paul de Caluwé, treasurer

Merton Hale, Philippe Larose, administrators

Lionel Gabriel, MRA representative (Consultative role)

Two members representing respectively : Agoria, J.M. Teheux, and Comopsair, J. Heylens

Useful links 1.    Ailes militaires belges (Les) : http://www.ailes-militaires-belges.be

2.    Belgian Aviation News : http://www.belgianaviationnews.be

3.    Belgian Cockpit Association : http://www.beca.be

4.    Belgian Wings : http://www.belgian-wings.be

5.    Dakota asbl, Centre de documentation du 15 Wing à Melsbroeck : http://www.dakota15wing.be/FR_index.html

6.    Musée Spitfire de Florennes (Le) : http://www.museespitfire.be

7.    ‘‘Vieilles Tiges’’ de l'Aviation belge asbl (Les) : http://www.vieillestiges.be


Publications relative to the Hall de lAir

1.    Brussels Air Museum Magazine, périodique trimestriel, éd. AELR.

2.    DE LA ROYÈRE, Charles, The Aviation Department of the Royal Army Museum in Brussels. 144 Civil and Military Aircraft, Bruxelles, éd. Patricia Henrion, 2016.

3.    1970-1995. La Section Air et Espace. Afdeling Lucht- en Ruimtevaart, Bruxelles, éd. MRA-KLM, 1995 (épuisé).

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