The Stampe & Vertongen Museum, which was inaugurated on 26 May 2001, pays tribute to the Antwerp aviation pioneers Jean Stampe (1889-1978) and Maurice Vertongen. Together, they started a flying school at the “airport” of Deurne. Later on, a factory was added, where the legendary SV4 aircrafts were built. This SV4 aircraft, the only Belgian aeroplane that is internationally known, was not taken out of service of the Belgian Air Force until 1978.
The Stampe & Vertongen Museum preserves various specimen of the "Stampe", in which generations of pilots had their first flying lessons. Every year in May, on the Saturday and Sunday after Ascension Day, the “Stampe Fly In” is organised, at which occasion the airport changes into a historic meeting place of original SV4 aircrafts from entire Europe.
In addition, the museum also displays a number of military aircraft from WWI. This collection consists in total of 6 unique life-size specimens of which some are fitted with an original rotary engine. In the work-shop, the restoration of a seventh aircraft, a superb Fokker DVII, can be watched.
The notorious V1 from WWII, which caused so much misery and spread panic in the city of Antwerp, is exhibited as well.
By means of photos, documents and scales models, for example, the Blériot aircraft of Jan Olieslagers, the museum also illustrates the history of the Antwerp airport.
More information at www.stampe.be.