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Re: Bob Diemert

#26 Post by NWONT » Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:10 pm

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Re: Bob Diemert

#27 Post by NWONT » Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:11 pm

Firefly after paint
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#28 Post by NWONT » Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:12 pm

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Re: Bob Diemert

#29 Post by Antique Pilot » Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:47 pm

NWONT wrote:Bristol Bollingbroke
Google says this Boly was in Brasschaat Belgium in 1984. I did a search of all museums in Belgium and it doesn't show up.

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#30 Post by NWONT » Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:05 pm

The story I got, and many of my stories are wrong, that after the war there were many planes scattered over the prairies on farms. This was one of them. Some farmer asked Bob to get it off his property. Not much left of it. I have some other pictures of it on slides that I haven't had the patience to deal with. As I remember ther were bullet holes in this plane but a farmer could have put them there. Ray
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#31 Post by AirFrame » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:26 pm

@NWONT, minor nit, but it's "Fairey" not "Fairy".
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#32 Post by NWONT » Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:53 am

Thanks, Airframe...I ain't had much book learnin'............
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#33 Post by oa5599 » Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:58 am

Fantastic pics! Thanks for posting.
Did he ever do anything with the Bollingbroke?
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#34 Post by NWONT » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:52 am

I don't know but I don't think so. There wasn't much left of it. Bob wasn't a rich man. He made a bunch of money from his planes in the movie "Battle of Britton" but to get his planes home from the jungles of the South Pacific he made deals with the Canadian Navy for transportation.
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#35 Post by oa5599 » Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:27 pm

Yeah I'd heard that. Didn't the Val go to the National Museum in exchange for hercs transporting some of his aircraft back to canada?
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#36 Post by NWONT » Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:57 pm

The story gets confusing and I'll probably f*#k it up....but.... my understanding is Bob promised a plane to someone in the Canadian Armed Forces for hauling some hulks back from the South Pacific. Transport Canada was watching what he was doing in Carmen as they weren't on speaking terms. Bob made arrangements with every farmer between Carman and whatever military base the plane was to go to so he could fly over their property at a low attitude. One day the plane Transport was watching was gone. After a search it was discover much later at the military base in Sask....or wherever. Apparently this was a legal flight because it was low and over private property. Maybe bullshit....I don't know...just what I heard. Bob didn't take much shit from anybody!!!!!
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#37 Post by Antique Pilot » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:19 pm

oa5599 wrote:Yeah I'd heard that. Didn't the Val go to the National Museum in exchange for hercs transporting some of his aircraft back to canada?
Yes I believe that was the idea. The Val did go to the National at Rockcliffe. I don't recall when, probably early 1970's. The Val was traded to the Planes of Fame museum in Chino California. Apparently the POF had a helicopter that the National wanted more than the Val. I saw the Val at Carman in the late 60's since I used to hang around there. I next saw it at Chino in 1985 and again about 2005. It was not prominently displayed. It had a Wright R2600 installed. It would be great if the POF could resurrect the Val and make it flyable.

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#38 Post by oa5599 » Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:13 pm

I was at Planes of Fame in 2015 and it was tucked in the back corner of the restoration hanger. You can just see it behind the bearcat. paper covering the canopies. Doesn't appear to have been much progress in the last few years. Apparently it requires a full resto and its low on the list behind several other aircraft. Maybe someday we'll see it back in the air.
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#39 Post by Beefitarian » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:49 pm

He is building a new plane for delivering pop and chips.

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local ... 35671.html
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#40 Post by AirFrame » Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:33 am

Two year old article?
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#41 Post by Cat Driver » Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:43 pm

Two year old article?
Yes about one of the most interesting members of the flying / restoring community.

It gives us a break from professional pilots arguing about why they don't want to wear parts of the uniform supplied by the company they accepted a job from.

Bob is a real breath of fresh air for some of us to read.
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#42 Post by Addicted4life » Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:27 pm

Thank you for all the pics and stories folks. This is why I read this forum in the first place. All the bickering on the other threads is pretty toxic.
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#43 Post by AirFrame » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:37 am

Cat Driver wrote:It gives us a break from professional pilots arguing...
Good point. Carry on.
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#44 Post by Beefitarian » Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:23 pm

Sorry but, it was news to me. I am fascinated by the guy. He might do things a bit on the cheap but he makes things that fly, so good on him!
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#46 Post by Beefitarian » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:44 am

Nice, thanks for that article.
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Re: Bob Diemert

#47 Post by Spandau » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:46 pm

I took these in 2014 while wandering around the Planes of Fame. It'll fly eventually. If you've never been, Chino is a seriously fun place to check out.

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Re: Bob Diemert

#48 Post by Victory » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:08 pm

Do people fly in the planes he has "restored" or are they for static display? No offense but his craftsmanship seems to be a bit lacking based on this The Defender movie I'm watching.
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