Sunday, 29 June 2014 14:22

Knowlton's Fokker

Canada is a country of extreme. I do not talk about weather, where winter and summer temperature are 60 degrees C (115F) apart, but about aircraft preservation. Some of the finest restoration works are done here, from the Canadian Warplane Heritage, Vintage Wings or the recently restored Mosquito. On the other hand, wrecks of Bolingbroke (Bristol Blenheim IV) are rotting in fields and one Avro Lancaster is exposed to the harsh weather in New Brunswick. 
But sometime, some gems can be found in unexpected places. Knowlton is a small Victorian village located near Lac Brome in Quebec, it's a pleasant destination to enjoy during year round but aviation enthusiasts should remember this name not for the large number of fine restaurants or the scenic place.

One unique aircraft, an almost unrestored, untouched WWI Fokker DVII is preserved here.

After the First World War, 22 Fokker DVII were brought to Canada as war prizes. They were operated during several years from Camp Borden and some used by Bishop and Barker for their barnstorming venture. During the 20's, a Canadian Senator managed to give one of these airplane to the Brome County Historical Society.

The aircraft stayed there untouched until the 60's for the 50th birthdays of the Royal Canadian Air Force. It was moved to Trenton, Ontario and some cosmetics fix were done (the replaced fabric can be seen on the photos below) The Fokker went back to Knowlton and did not move since this time.

There are 7 genuine Fokker DvII in the world and only one retaining most of the original fabric, unrestored, covered by dust, hidden there.

Except the room where the Fokker is exposed dedicated to the First World War, the museum focus on Canadian and local history.





The "restoration" work done during the 60's can be seen here. The fabric on the top of the fuselage is original.


Too much dust ...




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