I [...] studied aircraft construction at Haarlem Higher Technical School (diploma in 1941).
Not much could be done with my education during the occupation. The National Aeronautical Laboratory on the Sloterweg in Amsterdam was the only possibility to be involved with aircraft and that's where I went to earn my first wages.
In 1942 I happened to see my former aircraft construction teacher Ir.Theo van Lammeren walking through the corridor past my office. He had a big box under his arm. It contained a windtunnel model of an aircraft wing. This meeting led to a complete change of direction in my life.
During a conversation at his home in Bennebroek it transpired that Van Lammeren was on commission by a wealthy manufacturer from Tilburg to design a business aircraft. The intention was to work, during occupation - in secret, of course - on the creation of an aircraft factory in Leende (10 km south of Eindhoven) and thus to undertake the production of a commercial airplane.
I resigned immediately from the lab and traveled to Tilburg to join the Van Kuyk Door Factory.
Harry [van Kuyk] was its founder and highly dynamic boss. He foresaw a great future in aviation and thought, "if I participate in time, I'll be in an exciting and promising industry."
This way I was still actually busy with aircraft. In a secret department of the factory we constructed and designed the aircraft and its components. It was a wooden structure (not unusual for that time), the ribs, trusses and girders were made by cabinetmakers on site. The parts were kept safe for an aircraft to be assembled after liberation.
After the liberation we started the real work in Leende. Harry was born and raised there and so knew his way around to construct, during the occupation, under the guise of reclamation work, an airport and a factory building. Unfortunately, Harry's dream did not fit reality. There was a shortage of everything, in the surrounding countryside no craftsman was to be found who had ever worked on an aircraft. But the worst was that Harry was a complete unknown in the aeronautical community of the day. The government wanted one aircraft industry and Harry could join them to build gliders. After a short battle with the authorities he had to give up and in the spring of 1946 the adventure had passed.
Van Lammeren returned to the Technical Company of KLM and took me along.
T-50 said:Im Dutch but Ive never heard of this aircraft builder,very clean designs!
hesham said:T-50 said:Im Dutch but Ive never heard of this aircraft builder,very clean designs!
My dear T-50,
it seemed to be that designer had created many aircraft projects,here is the
Type 60.000 shoulder-wing twin engined cargo transport aircraft and the Type
30.000 twin boom high-wing feeder liner aircraft projects.
Source; Inter Avia magazine
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