Fokker Grunau Baby IIb
Grunau Baby IIb PH-152 was built in by Fokker 1947 and has since then been flying with several gliding clubs (Eindhoven, Gilze-Rijen, Teuge, Valkenburg, Castricum and Nistelrode) until 1983 when she was bought by Raymond van Loosbroek and put in storage.
PH-152 at Teuge in the fifties
PH-152 in a more colorful outfit
A "little" damage in 1951 in Eindhoven
Repair of fuselage and left wing in the attic of Pa Smits in Eindhoven
At some time PH-152's colors were changed to all blue, which earned her the nickname 'Bluebird'.
Three pictures taken at Terlet gliding center in 1977
Two photos from PH-152's Nistelrode period (1973-1983)
PH-152 put together for show at Axel glider field in 1989
In 2009 Baby PH-152 came out of storage and was transported to the workshop of airbase De Peel where serious work was started on the fuselage by Frans Otten.
In 2015 Baby PH-152 the restoration project was taken over by Hans Regeer and in his workshop in Oss Hans Regeer, Raymond van Loosbroek and me, with lots of help from others, continued restoration work on the fuselage.
First all metal parts were removed and reconditioned.
Wing attachment before and after reconditioning
Fokker winch hook in painted in primer test fitted in the fuselage
Where necessary old cables were replaced by new cables.
The inside got his final paint and then the fuselage was reskinned.
Cockpit area after repainting
New plywood on fuselage bottom
In 2020 Hans Regeer and Raymond van Loosbroek sadly passed away and I took over the project.
Hans and Raymond
I continued the project in the workshop of Aeroclub Nistelrode and started work on the left wing.
PH-152 wings in the workshop
Smaller parts (which means parts that fit in my car) were taken home where I worked on them there.
First the canopy was reconstructed and completed and after that the left wings airbrakes, wing cover and landingskid were next.
PH-152 rebuild canopy
And it even fits!
PH-152 Left wing airbrakes
PH-152 cleaned up landingskid