The museum was officially opened on 28Apr18 and offers an interesting selection of trains, busses and
from the 1930a end 1940s. This is an update to my visit last february, a report you'll find further down this page.
Less than 2 months ago this DC-2 arrived here by road transport (carried out by a department of the Dutch Armed
Forces, specialised in recovery and transports) from Eindhoven. I had seen it in various stages of storage over past
decades, at Schiphol and the Aviodrome in Lelystad. So pleased it finally reached a phase of restoration!
This Douglas DC-2 (c/n 1288) last flew for the Australian Air Force, registered A3-14.
|DDA Classic Airlines owned the Douglas DC-2, but never reached the stage of restoration. It was stored in the attic of the T-2 Hangar of the Aviodrome for a number of years, before it moved to Eindhoven a few years ago, claimed by its rightful owner Anne Cor Groeneveld (ex boss of DDA); he donated the DC-2 to this museum and only a few days before my visit here he was shown this stunning progress in restoration.
This airframe, with constructionnumber 1288, was built in 1934 and was delivered in October of the same year to Eastern Airways as NC13738.
During WW2 she was mobilized by the US government and in 1941 transferred to the Australian Air Force, as A30-14 with radio callsign VH-CRH. From 13Oct1943 to 15Feb1944 the Airforce lent her to Australian National Airways.
After her return to the RAAF, they withdrew her from use on 20Jan1947.
In November that same year the company Macair acquired the airplane and her radiocallsign became her new registration, VH-CRH. Eight months later Macair sold VH-CRH to S.D. Marshall.
With time she flew less and less and eventually she was stored as an unairworthy airframe.
In the fall of 1987 DDA Classic Airlines bought this DC-2.
With the help of NedLloyd and the Royal Dutch Navy this sistership of the famous DC-3 'Uiver' was transported to the Netherlands and stored in the hangar of the DDA at Amsterdam's Schiphol IAP.
After a study into the possibility of restoring her to airworthy conditions this was deemed impossible...
Ready to be loaded up! From the museum's facebook page. Actual transport was on 31May18.
Photos found online about the transport: www.arjengoudriaan.nl/een-dc-2-in-nieuw-vennep/
Compare this shiny result with the above drab scheme! What stunning result can be achieved in less than
two months by hard working volunteers! First it was soaked in some kind of dissolver, than blasted with hot
water; next it was had rubbed with a house household abrasive fluid ('jif'). Next a polish was applied.
What a great result!
The registration, PK-AFK, and the titles 'Koninklijke Nederlandsch-Indische Luchtvaart Maatschappij' (EN: Royal Dutch Indies Airways
) refer to a Dutch (KLM) subsidiary in the former Dutch East Indies.
Headquartered in Amsterdam, KNILM was not
a subsidiary of the better-known KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines), despite the similar name!
The airline had its headquarters in Amsterdam and an office on the grounds of Tjililitan Airfield (current Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport) in Batavia (current Jakarta). [Wikipedia
This was the first time I saw this Douglas DC-2 with its wings attached. Truly the highlight of this museum for me.
It is a composite: the wings and central section is from another DC-2; under the wings the Eastern logo can still be seen.
Inside a lot of work has yet to be done, but seeing the exterior makeover, nothing is impossible!
Probably the hardest part will be the cockpit restoration, but I've seen worse made into a first class display.
Stearman-Hammond. Further information on my first report, further down this page.
Auster Mk.3, NX557
The history of this Auster, from the museum's display
The Cessna T-50/AT-17 Bobcat was in use, during the 1940s, by a Dutch air taxi company Aero Holland and the
aim of the restoration is a full airworthiness !
A work in progress
Some serious work has started on the Norseman (CF-GLI, c/n 365) too
I like how the various displays have been moved around. And super to find a bookshop in it what once was the socalled 'SRV-wagen',
a mobile supermarket! These rolled into small communities without proper food shops.
The SRV-formula ceased in '95.