After getting the L-3 together at Raymond Aircraft Restauration in Antwerp – EBAW, and installing a brand new transponder and a brand new radio and after waiting for good weather, the day was there: we flew the L-3 to her new home, Ursel Airbase – EBUL!
Some history about Ursel Airbase:
The airfield was established in the 1930s for the Belgian Air Force. After the Battle of Belgium in May 1940, it was taken over by the Luftwaffe and used as an auxiliary airfield during the occupation period. It was briefly used by the Italian Corpo Aereo Italiano, creating a diplomatic break between Italy and the Belgian government in exile which led to a Belgian offensive against Italian East Africa. The area was liberated by British Army forces in September 1944, and Royal Engineers converted the airfield to Royal Air Force use, designating the field as Advanced Landing Ground B-67. Four squadrons of Hawker Typhoon fighter-bombers operated from the field, their mission being to break the resistance of German troops at the Dutch island of Walcheren, which controlled the entrance to the harbours of Antwerp. Once the entrance to Antwerp was cleared, the RAF moved out and the airfield was abandoned.
Luckily Ursel airport got back to life after the war and has become one of the most beautiful paved runways in Western Europe for recreational flights.
The runway (07/25) is almost 3 kilometers (9800 feet) long (!) and 45 meters (147 feet) wide. Only 799 meters (2621 feet) can be used, but in case of an emergency you have a beautiful and safe paved runway in front of you.
The flight from Antwerp to Ursel
We can’t thank Marc and Matthias enough for helping us with flying the L-3 over to Ursel!
Because we don’t have any experience with flying in Europe, we asked Marc and Matthias if they wanted to help us with flying the L-3 over.
Marc first flew Matthias over from Ursel to Antwerp and after an intensive pre flight, we were ready to go!