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Teuge To Lelystad On The Douglas DC-3  
User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1907 posts, RR: 41
Posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7621 times:
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Hi guys, this is a short report about my recent flight on the DC-3 PH-PBA. I flew from Teuge (EHTE) to Lelystad (LEY)

I got an email from my dad who’s a volunteer at the DDA, that the PBA would be doing scenic flights over the Apeldoorn area, starting and ending at EHTE. At the end of the day she’d be flying back to her home base LEY, and on that ferry flight was an open seat which I could fly on! I’d flown the DC-3 before but naturally I wasn’t turning down the chance of getting another ride. I was working the morning of Saturday the 25th of May, and in the afternoon me and my mother drove to EHTE where my dad was dispatching the DC-3 flights. It was a very nice and warm day and it was quite busy at EHTE. A lot of VFR traffic and the terrace of the airport restaurant was full with spectators. The PBA was doing her 5th and last scenic flight of the day when we arrived, and it would be a couple of minutes before she landed. After collecting my boarding card we settled down and waited for her to arrive.

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Interesting way to utilize your lawnmower
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D-FONL, my favorite Antovov, I flew on her last summer ( Scenic Flight On The Antonov-2! (EHTE-Teuge) (by CrimsonNL Aug 31 2010 in Trip Reports) )
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P-180
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After a while I heard the distinct sound of the PW 1830 Twin Wasp and the PBA appeared on the horizon

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I like the new colors!
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Shiny props reflecting in the sunlight
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I had flown two short flights on the PBA before ( Quick Ride On The DC-3! The PH-PBA At LEY (by CrimsonNL Jul 5 2010 in Trip Reports) ) I copied the history of the PBA from this older trip report. Since then the PBA has been repainted into another classic KLM livery and she was named “Prinses Amalia” after one of the youngest members of our Royal family.

The PBA was built in 1942. She served as a C-47A during the second world war. She participated at the D-Day drop over St Mere-Eglise, and in Operation Market Garden. One of her most famous passengers, was Private John Steele. Pvt Steele is known because of his unfortunate parachute landing at St. Mere-Eglise. He was the paratrooper who's parachute got stuck at the village's church tower. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Steele_%28paratrooper%29 )

She also participated with 200 other C-47's in an airbridge, to medevac wounded soldiers. After the war, Prince Bernard acquired her from the American's, and she was used as a Dutch government aircraft. After retirement she spent years in the old Aviodome museum at AMS, only to be restored to airworthiness by the Prince Bernard Alpha foundation. Hence the registration, PBA. She is operated by the Dutch Dakota Association, and is a regular guest at airshows.

After all the pax got off and an outside inspection was completed, we could board the aircraft.


Me in front of the plane


The P-180 seen from behind
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Shiny prop


Before boarding


Tail section


And we got to use the original DC-3 airstairs!


After walking the upward sloped cabin floor I got seated in seat 2A. The PBA has a VIP configuration of 18 seats, in a 2-1 config.

25-05-11
EHTE-LEY
PH-PBA (3rd time on reg)
Douglas DC-3 (C-47A) (7th time on type)
Operated by DDA Classic Airlines
Seat 2A


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Excellent legroom!


View from my seat
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For you safety card enthusiasts
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Cabin detail


After everyone got seated the cabin crew distributed Dutch “Hopjes” (Candy) and both engines fired up without a problem. A short taxi followed to the active.

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D-FONL again
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We parked in front of the runway and some extensive engine runup checks were perfomed. Take-off was rather powerful and noisy (just as I like it!) You can see a video here;

http://youtu.be/HWqyMrpH0VI

Immediately after take-off the engine power was reduced and we leveled off at around 2500Ft. The DC-3 is quite sensitive for turbulence and we were shaked around, but the seatbelt sign was switched off.

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Time for a cockpit visit! The crew was very busy, constantly adjusting the propeller pitch and throttle. I found it very cool to see they flew with the cockpit windows open! I had to hold on to the door frame because of the turbulence.

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Throttle section and engine instruments
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Radio’s, kinda blurry because of the turbulence
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We flew over Harderwijk and got some good views of the Randmeren. During the flight the flight attendant offered wine or orange juice. After a short cruise we reached LEY and started the approach.

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Landing video:
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After a very smooth landing and short taxi we made it to the hangar. Inside one of the worlds two airworthy DC-2’s was parked.
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After everyone disembarked I got the chance to do a walk around for some more pictures!



Nice detail


She sure is a beauty!


That’s me again
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Shiny!


Bye bye! See you next time.
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This concludes my latest trip on the DC-3. I’d like to thank my dad and the people at the DDA for making this possible! The DC-3 is still my favorite airliner and I strongly recommend taking a ride if you ever get the chance. Flights on the PBA and the DDZ can be booked at the website of the Dutch Dakota Association.

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I hope you liked this report, and as usual any remarks and replies are appreciated!


Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7589 times:

Hoi Martijn,

nice to read this tiny report about the short flight to Lelystad. Nice photos and details about the flight given. Although I would not book myself on one of these flights soon, it's still nice to see them flying around from time to time.

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineFatmirJusufi From Albania, joined Jan 2009, 2441 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 7565 times:

Nowadays this is such a rare opportunity for aviation enthusiasts, so I'm glad your dad made possible this chance to you - being on DC-3, again.

Thanks Martijn for sharing this amazing trip report. I enjoyed reading every letter of it and all of its glory history.

Fatmir



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User currently offlineDanTaylor2006 From UK - England, joined Feb 2006, 496 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 7565 times:

Hi Martijn,

Very nice report. Not something you see every day so it's nice to be able to read about your trip! The photos, and especially videos, are great  
Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
Interesting way to utilize your lawnmower

That's awesome, I want that job  
Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
I like the new colors!

Me too, she looks wonderful.

Thanks again,
Dan.



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User currently offlinerobso2 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2010, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7433 times:

fantastic! what a great experience and a simply beautiful airliner!
Thank you so much for the photos and posting this
Rob



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User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2693 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7433 times:
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Hi Martijn, thank you for the trip report. It was an enjoyable read as always  
Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
I was working the morning of Saturday the 25th of May

25th of April? Or Wednesday, 25th of May?  
Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
Interesting way to utilize your lawnmower

Have motor, wheels, will tow  
Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
The DC-3 is quite sensitive for turbulence and we were shaked around, but the seatbelt sign was switched off.

I'm glad it was you and not me. I'm very prone to motion sickness, so if I had went up on that plane I would've needed sick bags. Still, I'm glad to be able to vicariously experience a DC-3 ride thanks to your trip report  



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User currently offlinephotoshooter From Belgium, joined Feb 2010, 455 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7418 times:
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Martijn,

I'm glad you finished this trip report and it sure was a pleasure to read it  
I wish we had the same weather yesterday!
Thanks for posting it and I really appreciate the efforts to write the trip report.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
I was working the morning of Saturday the 25th of May


Haha! Still thinking about yesterday eh?

Regards,
Niek



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7277 times:

Hoj, Martijn,

superb pictures.
That´s for sure something not to miss if it´s ever possible.

Great that you show us you´re impression.
Well, I should check the DDA website!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3356 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7073 times:
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Goedemiddag Martijn!

Wonderful trip report! Nice pictures! I'm glad you got a chance to fly on this rare bird!

Leo/ORD



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User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9116 posts, RR: 76
Reply 9, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6818 times:
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Martijn,

awesome report, awesome experience! Something you can be really happy about it. It is something special to fly on these birds.
I had the chance to fly the Junkers JU-52. And I loved it as well 

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User currently offlinedirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1705 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6744 times:

Awesome TR Martijn, just awesome to see an a/c that's 70-80+ years old still airworthy!

User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1260 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6533 times:

Reminds me of a scheduled trip I made in 1972 from Amsterdam to Antwerp on a DC-3 operated by an airline I think was called Delta Airlines.

User currently offlinevandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 504 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6532 times:

Hi Martijn,

I'm really impressed you managed to get on another Dakota flight. I will be looking into one of these flights after my holiday. I would love to be the fourth generation of my family to have flown the DC-3.

Tim,


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6671 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6493 times:

Hi Mattjin !

Very nice report with nice pictures ! Always nice to see a report on a classic airliner like the DC-3. It looks very shiny.

I had two flights with Flygande Veteraner;s DC-3 SE-CFP, which is painited in SAS colors, in 1990. Flew BMA-Mariehamn on Aland and back/ Very nice aircraft.

The777Man



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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1907 posts, RR: 41
Reply 14, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 6208 times:
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Hello all, thanks for the many replies!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 1):
Although I would not book myself on one of these flights soon, it's still nice to see them flying around from time to time.

You really should! It's a world apart from all the boring modern jets  
Quoting FatmirJusufi (Reply 2):
Thanks Martijn for sharing this amazing trip report. I enjoyed reading every letter of it and all of its glory history.
Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Reply 3):
Very nice report. Not something you see every day so it's nice to be able to read about your trip! The photos, and especially videos, are great
Quoting robso2 (Reply 4):
fantastic! what a great experience and a simply beautiful airliner!
Thank you so much for the photos and posting this

Thanks for the kind words, guys!

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 5):
25th of April? Or Wednesday, 25th of May?

Oops you got me there Sam, it's the 21st of May!

Quoting photoshooter (Reply 6):
I'm glad you finished this trip report and it sure was a pleasure to read it
I wish we had the same weather yesterday!

Thanks Niek, and that would have been nice indeed!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
Well, I should check the DDA website!.

You should, you won't regret it  
Quoting LFutia (Reply 8):
Wonderful trip report! Nice pictures! I'm glad you got a chance to fly on this rare bird!

Thanks Leo!

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 9):
I had the chance to fly the Junkers JU-52. And I loved it as well

Another beauty that is very high on my wishlist. I'm planning on going to ZRH for that.

Quoting directorguy (Reply 10):
Awesome TR Martijn,

Thanks Omar!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 11):

Interesting, I wonder which airline that was..

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 12):
I will be looking into one of these flights after my holiday.

Very nice Tim, let me know when the time is there!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
I had two flights with Flygande Veteraner;s DC-3 SE-CFP, which is painited in SAS colors, in 1990. Flew BMA-Mariehamn on Aland and back/ Very nice aircraft.

Very nice! I've seen that one at airshows and she sure is a beauty.

Best regards,

Martijn



Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6937 posts, RR: 77
Reply 15, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6138 times:

Hi Martijn,

great report about your latest flight on that bird!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
Inside one of the worlds two airworthy DC-2’s was parked.

Is that one also used for scenic flights?


PH



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User currently offlinelh4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1715 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6039 times:

Hey Martijn, great report!

You must be a pretty lucky guy to have flown the DC-3 twice!

The old KLM livery looks lovely, normally I'm not a big fan for retro liveries but this one looks really charmy. The seats on the DC-3 looked really comfy, though I can't put my finger on were they have been taken from, since clearly they're not the original DC-3 seating  

Interesting that you could buy tickets for these flights. In Sweden we have the SAS DC-3 flying for Flygande Veteraner. However it's impossible to buy tickets to fly on it, well you've to be a member of their club to fly it, and that cost a coupe of hundred EUR's per year. So not worth it for a single flight  

Anyway, thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



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User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3284 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5880 times:

Wow - sounds like an amazing experience - I would love to be on a flight with the windows open (did I get that right)... Thanks for posting - the pictures were amazing.


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5816 times:

Beautifully exciting report, Martijn!

The trip with DC-3 really brings back the romance of flying. You were blessed to get the chance to fly her twice!

Thank you for sharing with us.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1907 posts, RR: 41
Reply 19, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5639 times:
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Hi guys!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):

Is that one also used for scenic flights?

Unfortunately not due to the rarity of the plane. I'd be the first one to fly it should they accept passengers  
Quoting lh4116 (Reply 16):

You must be a pretty lucky guy to have flown the DC-3 twice!

Actually Jonas, this was my 7th time 
Quoting Nimish (Reply 17):
I would love to be on a flight with the windows open (did I get that right)... Thanks for posting - the pictures were amazing.

Yes they flew with the cockpit windows open. Glad you liked the report!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Beautifully exciting report, Martijn!

Thanks Suryo, glad you liked it!

Best regards,

Martijn



Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3047 posts, RR: 29
Reply 20, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5580 times:

Martijn

Nice TR you have written. Finally got the chance to read it. I think I need to go over to The Netherlands do such flight one of these days.


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