Photos © R.Leeuw
First we will have a look inside the museum...
The history of this Douglas C-54A (c/n 7488) brought it through the following identities: 42-107469 (USAAF, 16May44), NC53103 (Chicago & Southern A/L, 1946), PI-C102 (Philippine A/L, 10Nov1948), HS-POE (Pacific Overseas A/L, 05Jul51 - Thai Aws, 1951), HS-TSA (Thai Aws, Sep58), 107469 (Thai Air Force, 1958), VQ-ZEF (Botswana Nat'l Aws, 1966), A2-ZEF (Botswana Nat'l Aws, 1968), ZS-IPR (Suidwes Lugdiens, Jan72), 6906 (South African AF, 23Apr81), ZS-IPR (Aero Air, Oct95)
It arrived at Schiphol (from South Africa) for Dutch Dakota Assoc. on 04Jun97 and registration PH-DDY was reserved for it. At that time there were only 2 older airworthy DC-4s around !
Instead of keeping it airworthy, it was meant to be a source for spareparts for PH-DDS. It was disassembled and stored in DDA's hangar at Schiphol, later transferred to the empty Fokker hangar (during 2001 it fell and sustained unsubstantiated damage). During March 2003 it was transported over the road to the new Aviodrome museum at Lelystad, where it is seen here, preserved as NL-316 of the Netherlands Government Air Transport (NGAT), carrying the large orange triangles of shortly after WW2.
The NGAT was a semi-military organisation, stemming from the No.1316 (Dutch) Communications Flight of the British RAF Transport Command. The NGAT was founded because in the chaotic circumstances of 1945 it was easier for a governmental organisation to operate than a civil commercial organisation. In 1946 all aircraft of the NGAT were registered from NL- prefix to PH- and assigned to the KLM or RLS (pilot training school).
ZS-IPR seen arriving at SPL 1997.
UPDATE Sep.2018: The NGAT colourscheme was replaced by a vintage KLM colourscheme ('PH-TAR'), which I regret as we see enough Royal (my ass) Blue in the skies and here at the Aviodrome... The NGAT era is by far more in need of illumination!
It's a wonderful thing to see so much of Dutch Aviation Heritage preserved. This Fokker F.27 PH-NVF (c/n 10102) was built in 1957 and the F27 Friendship Association was working to get it airworthy again in 2005: the 50th anniversary of the Fokker Friendship. This attempt has probably been aborted as considered unfeasable.|
I would welcome details of its operational history, as I understand it, it has flown as a prototype.
Time to have a look outside....
Douglas DC-3 PH-ALR "Reiger" is a C-47B with c/n 16218/32966. It was delivered to the USAAF as 44-76634 in 1945, transferred to the RAF as KN487 and stayed in military service until 1950. It was bought by Skyways and registered as G-AMCA. Air Atlantique bought it on 20Jul77.
By 2002 it was reported at Coventry, stored and partially dismantled, it had reached the end of its operational life.
The Aviodrome bought it in 2003 and painted it in KLM's high visibility colours of shortly before WW2; these bright colors and large "Holland" lettering was to prevent to be mistaken for military transports and get shot at. Pity the engines were removed.
An Antonov An-2R.... a bit of an oddball here, one can enter the plane and have a look inside the cockpit.|
Bas Stubert volunteered it's construction number: 1G-17248.
More info was gathered at a later date: it used to operate with the Lithuanian Air Force and was code 19 (yellow).
Cuurent in 2018, I found.
These 2 'cockpits' sit behind the hangar, which it seems is overflowing with other equipment (the Lockheed Neptune must be in there, as it not seen elsewhere).
The one in front is the last Fokker F.100 cockpit on the manufacturing line and was never completed upon Fokker's demise. The other one is a mockup, which was used for equipment training.
Ber Beentjes told me more on the use of this mockup:
"The large forward fuselage with the Fokker paintjob is an antennae test facility, testing the correct placement of the various new antennaes.
Due to the nature of new, state-of-the-art technology the Fokker 100 was developed with, Fokker found problems in efficiently placing the many aerials on the forward fuselage. There were too many of them ! So it was decided to solve this by making a test facility.
The complete section has been placed on a very high tower and underwent very thorough electronic testing. Thus the location of the various antennaes was determined. Some exemples: 1. KLM persisted in full provision for the landing system MLS ("Microwave Landing System", destined to replace ILS) on their Fokker 100s, except it wasn't clear how MLS would work... MLS never made it through the testing phase. 2. During the development of the Fokker 100 TCAS ("Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System") appeared around the corner of technology and was to become required on airplanes. Fokker was ready to accept it when that day came due to the early testing on this training facility." Thanks Ber !.
(I'll provide a better photo next time I visit the Aviodrome...).
Pieter Nederveen wrote me in Apr.2007 (the translation is mine):
"The wooden F.100 mock-up at the back of the hangar was used for antennae trials at Ypenburg Airport (closed since).
Placed on a high tower antennae tests were performed. For modifications the mock-up was transported by road to Schiphol-East; at the Experimental Department certain modifications were put in place.
I can assure you this was not always the nicest work to do, as in the summer months thousands of flies moved into the wooden mock-up!"
DeHavilland DH.104 Dove "PH-MAD", Dove c/n 04453 was painted up to represent this aircraft; its former identity was XJ350 (RAF).
The original was c/n 04030, and this is its history:
I would welcome confirmation/corrections on the above; and who is its present owner and since when is it painted up in MAC colours ?
On the internet I came across someone's notes that this person had seen DH-104 Dove 1 PH-MAD on 03Jul66 at Dublin; it flew for Martinair, the company I have worked for since 1979 (PH-MAD could have some significance there...).
The people of the Aviodrome did a hell of a job here and I hope people will flock to the museum in large droves: it is definitely a place to spend a very nice few hours.
Read how Hans Beunk shares his memories of flying the real PH-MAD in Cameroon.
Scramble magazine, issue March 2005, published a list on displayed aircraft.|
Marked * are aircraft displayed outside, marked ** are stored/in restoration in Hangar T2 (can be visited in part).
|19/yellow *||Antonov An-2R||as '562'||1G172-48|
|159/V *||Grumman US-2N||-||720|
|G-AMCA *||Douglas C-47B||'PH-ALR'||16218/32966|
|XJ350 *||Sea Devon C20||'PH-MAD'||04453|
|PH-OSI *||Fokker F.50||-||10688|
|no reg *||Spitfire||replica, '3W-K'||-|
|PH-BUK *||Boeing 747-206B||KLM c/s||21549|
|N749NL *||L.749 Constellation||'PH-FLE'||2604|
|E-410||Hawker Hunter F51||tail from WV395||-|
|XN600||Jet Provost T3A||cockpit only||-|
Aug06 to Duxford
|SE-CAU||Firefly||-||Incomplete, ex Duxford,|
swapped with Spitfire, 2006
|F-AZBD||UC-64A||-||ex AD-R/RNoAF and ex |
44-70513, parts for F-AZBN
|F-GHLO||CM170 Fouga Magister||-||331|
|G-EACN||FK.23||as K-123||15 - MOVED TO RIJKSMUSEUM AMSTERDAM AUG.2012|
|PH-TRO||Caravelle 3||cockpit only||33|
|PH-170||Grunau Baby IIb||-||6052|
|no reg||Evans VP1||'PH-VPI'||-|
|no reg||Fokker S.IV||replica. frame||-|
|no reg||Bleriot XI||replica||-|
|no reg||Fokker Dr.1||replica, '152/17'||-|
|no reg||Lilienthal||replica, glider||-|
|no reg||Wright Flyer A||replica||-|
|A30-14 **||Douglas DC-2-112||stored (moved may 2018 to Nieuw-Vennep).||1288|
|WG752 **||Dragonfly HR3||stored, as '8-1'||WA232|
|634 **||Fokker C.5D||stored||-|
|210 **||Lockheed SP-2H Neptune||stored||7263|
|N5-169 **||B-25D Mitchell||stored, cockpit||100-20754|
|G-BKRG **||Beech 18-3N||stored, as '122351'||AF-222|
|LN-BAD **||Cierva C-30A||stored||735|
|NC39165 **||Douglas DC-2-142||'PH-AJU'||9993|
|N7904C **||DHC-2||std, cockpit, 'JZ-PAD'||-|
|OO-SCD **||DH.104||stored, cockpit||04117|
|PH-XIV||Fokker S.14 Mach Trainer||std, ex NLR/Dutch |
and KLu K-1
|no reg||Pander Zögling||stored, replica||-|
|21-51||Saab AJSH Viggen||donated 2006 by Swedish AF||37-901|
|A Dutch publication, Verenigde Vleugels -Sep.2008 issue-, carried the news that an Avro Anson (D-26) which the Aviodrome had obtained from the 'Militaire Luchtvaartmuseum' had been swapped with the 'Museum Canadian Allied Forces 1940-1945', for an AMX-13 tank.. The Anson was not a part of the Aviodrome's official display and the tank fits as a 'prop' (pun intended) at the Pilot Mess exhibit.|
|Aviodrome, Aviation Theme Park and their list of their collection (Dutch)|
Through Raymond Oostergo I received in Sep.2006 this aerial update on progress been made of the surrounding area of hangar T-2 and the Pilot's Mess (16Sep06): no more muddy boots making your way to T-2 and the Spit and the Beech have finally found a neat display site.
Aviodrome links on this website:
PROPS TURNING AT NIGHT
AVIODROME VISITS IN 2006 2007 2008