''The man and his machine''
Jack Van Egmond, the man behind the Fokker D.21!
Since I was a boy I'm fascinated by warbirds, restoring, maintaining and flying them. At an age of 14 I had a dream, building once in my life the Dutch Fokker D.21 fighter. What started as a dream in 1959, became reality in 2012, when I received permission from the Dutch government to legally build the Fokker D.21, my boys dream became reality!
Some replica D.21's were built, but nobody has succeeded in building/restoring a flying example. But that is about to change.
The D.21 tells the story of the Dutch defense in the early days of world war II. I started this project because I want to honor those who flew the D.21, and give Holland a flying D.21 back!
Together with my family, and the D.21 crew, we bring the D.21 and the history alive! In our hangars, in our minds, in your minds, in the Netherlands, upon this earth and finally in the air, for many years to come!
''Jack van Egmond''
"With attention to details"
Since 2014, Jack and Tom have been busy restoring the 229. However, many years prior to that many things had to be done and completed before we could even start the project
In 2012 Jack received green light from the Dutch government to legally rebuild a Fokker D.21.
May 6 2014 was the date the rebuild of 229 officially began! During the first 3 years Jack and Tom worked only together hard on the wooden wing. This 11 meter long wing is made up of various parts that are made with precision and professionalism. Making the wing is one thing, the metal airframe is the other. The hull is made of special aviation steel tubes that all had to fit exactly according to the drawing. The craftsmanship required for making it is unimaginable. Partly because of that, the D.21 was built.
But not only the airframe consists of a tubular frame, but also the rudders and the horizontal and vertical tail surfaces are made from it. This is a very accurate job. When these parts were ready, work could continue, components were built in, fabric was applied and the controls were adjusted and connected. The engine was also installed on the airframe after detailed overhaul.
In december 2018, the offcial construction certifictates were signed, the first part of the certification was a fact.
Also the Royal Netherlands Air Force , department of Military Aviation Authority under command of Commedore J.P. Apon played a role in the project. The Commedore officially gave permission to let our D.21 legally fly under its former military registration "229".
In the meantime, almost all aluminum pannels are ready and we are busy installing systems.
Not only the D.21 has grown, but also the team that is being worked with. This consists of a large group with skilled and enthusiastic people in addition to family. Which accurately fixes every part, powerline cap or screw to the millimeter.
"together we make the dream come true"
Memorial flights & airshows
The mission of the D.21 is to commemorate those who have fallen in the service of the Netherlands during the invasion of Germans in May 1940. Not only remember the fallen during the invasion, the D.21 will also remember all the fallen of the second world war.
What is a memorial flight? A memorial flight is a tribute of honor to those who fought for our freedom. A memorial flight takes us back to what has happened in the past.
From 2021, from March to November each year, the D.21 can be regularly seen in the skies over the Netherlands celebrating and commemorating public and military events.
Our memorial flights honors us to the thousands of men and women, in the air and on the ground, who gave their lives for our country in the noble pursuit of freedom.
As you think of airshows, you think of warbirds, big formations of aeroplanes or just simple one single aeroplane performing wonderful displays. Our D.21 can be booked from 2021, and every upcoming year from March to November Airshows and Displays all over Europe.
Contact us for more information.
"Lest We Forget"