The Wilrijkse Plein airfield
The Wilrijkse Plein was a military exercise ground, also used for
horse racing, situated immediately south of the fortifications of
Antwerp. The airfield covered an area of 1,200 by 1,800 metres, which
was cleared from trees, hedges and ditches by army soldiers. A
four-pylon course of one kilometre was marked up. Baron de Caters was
very pleased with the airfield and stated that it compared very
favourably with the other fields were meetings had been held in
As usual the airfield was surrounded by board fences in order to
avoid non-paying spectators, except on the western side where hedges
bordered the neighbouring Kruishof and Latinie parks, and the north
side where the fortifications bordered the field. The walls of the
fortifications could also be used by paying spectators. Grandstands and
hangars were built on the west side of the field, eight airplane
hangars and a big airship hangar for the "Zodiac III". On the
south-east side of the field side was the "Dikke Mee", a
popular restaurant with an amusement park for children.
An artist's view of the airfield, with north to the right.
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The big hangar for the airship "Zodiac III" and three of
the eight smaller airplane hangars. The triangular fields in the
lower corners of the image are frames from other images in the
brochure where the photo was published. (1)
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