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an original Fokker DVII

30 May 2012

After growing up in the Eastern Townships and being a lifelong aviation buff, I was astonished to learn about the genuine, unrestored Fokker DVII that resides in Knowlton (Lac Brome), Quebec.

I finally managed to see and photograph this machine last week.  All I can say is “wow”. The aircraft is a gem, as is the museum.  Where else can one see a genuine 1918 Albatros factory-applied lozenge camouflage pattern surrounded by period 1921 stained glass?

This small museum is operated by the Brome Lake Historical Society, a body that receives almost no government funding. Knowlton is located about 1.5 hours east of Montreal, and is equidistant to the Quebec-Vermont border at Stanstead.  There is a modest ($5.00 Cdn.) admission fee.  The museum is tripod and camera friendly.  Language barriers are non-existent.  Most people in this part of Quebec are fluently bilingual (French and English).  I found the museum volunteers to be friendly and helpful, although they seemed somewhat bemused that somebody would actually travel across the country from British Columbia just to see an old aeroplane…a feeling shared by my long-suffering wife Heather!

The museum has no official website, but an excellent photo essay of this airframe, including more numerous and better quality images than mine, can be found here. Edward Soye, who wrote his masters thesis on the subject, has published a terrific article here.

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed finally getting to see this rare bird!

Incidentally, my late grandfather Albert Edward Bryant served at Mons, Vimy and Ypres in the 6th (McGill) Siege Battery.  Seeing this amazingly well-done local museum brought tears to my eyes and made it really hard to hold the camera steady.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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