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This was part of the "Suits On Tour". Were 9 of us travelled to Belgium and decided to wear suits the whole time and our group shots. We did get some rather abusing looks from the locals!

This has been on my list for a very very long time since first seeing this on Facebook. We got in and found these beautiful machines. We bumped into the owners son when we was in there. He explained that he did not understand the fuss of people coming to visit these from all over Europe! We had a long chat with the bloke and he was happy to give us 10 minutes. These have been here for over 40 years. The guys dad was employed by the Belgium government to be in charge of the expedition. After it was all over the government did not know what to do with these beautiful machines. there was 3 of them and these are 2. The other one is in a museum in Belgium on show. The present day does not have much planned for these. It is a shame no one wants them and the owner was asking us for ideas! Hopefully these will be kept and preserved for the future.

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I have found pictures of the other one in the museum and have attached below. Copyright: Brussels Air Museum

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Thank You!

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How fascinating! That's a brilliant one to see, and I bet it was amazing to see them in the flesh so to speak! Thanks for sharing :)

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I really do love the look of these Trev and as said above certainly not the type of vehicle you come across every day.

I hadnt realized one was in a museum and thats good to hear.

Scuse the pun Cool share and dapping about in those suits must have been funny as hell :thumb

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Hi trevBish.co.uk where did you see these snow cats in Belgium, I am very well interested because being an amateur film maker , I am preparing a video on antarctic expeditions, and it would be super to take some pics of them. Thanks a lot

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Unfortunately they have recently been vandalized possibly for profit which is very sad.

One of the logos painted on one of the doors has been cut out ?

Images shared from the FaceBook page of OS.

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Not a derelict at all yet in a barn and very much of interest yet owned?

All others wanted was to sneak a peak =(

Simply criminal damage and theft

The Tramps :whyu:

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