For quite some time a group of volunteers has been occupied with restoring aeroplanes for display in museums. Of course part of the reason was to avoid that historical heritage would disappear abroad. During the organisation of the 50 year jubilee of Squadrons 320 and 321, the oldest Dutch Air force squadrons, several initiatives were taken. One of those was the founding of Stichting Neptune Association(SNA). This way, with support of the Dutch Navy, we hoped to prevent that historical heritage would disappear and it offered structure for the organisation. Our activities were certainly noticed. There are not many organisations that restore aeroplanes with volunteers. Also stood out that most restoration projects were related to the military. The main players of the SNA all worked at Navy Airbase Valkenburg so an perfect working situation developed for the Foundation. The SNA got its reputation by excellently executed projects like:
- Repainting squadron insignia and registration signs of Dornier Do24K2 (X24).
- The same for Lockheed SP-2H Neptune (216V) after repairing damage.
- Sikorsky S-51 (8-1 Jezebel) had the same treatment and was prepared for exhibition.
- A start was made wtith the restoration and complete reshaping of the PBY-5A Catalina (16-212).
- Assistance was given to the former Fokker company school with the welding for the Fokker C.X.
- Damage repaired of the Hawker Seahawk.