Nick Elzinga

Username: Starship
Real Name: Nick Elzinga
E-mail: Contact
Gender: Male
Age: 36-45
Country: South Africa
Location: Durbanville, Western Cape
Occupation: Small business owner - trading in access control equipment
Interests: Aviation - special interest - aircraft with T-tails, classic cars - especially Chev Corvairs. building computers, collecting aviation art and celebrity photos, internet, find me on facebook
Other info: My user-name comes from the Beechcraft Starship 2000A executive twin turboprop, a photo of which appears above. Sadly, Beech Raytheon have decided to withdraw the Starships from service due to the prohibitive costs of maintaining a relatively small fleet. Starships originally sold for $5 million with a free maintenance plan. The "free" maintenance eventually cost Beech Raytheon so much money that the bean counters decided it was a case of cutting the Comapny's losses and buying back the fleet and disposing of them. Apart from 3 prototypes, 41 are Raytheon owned, 5 are in private hands and 4 are in museums. The bulk of the Starship fleet have been moved to Evergreen Aviation near Tucson, Arizona for decommissioning. Some have been chopped up, while others await their fate. A photo of a man taking an axe to a Starship is not a pretty sight. What an absolute waste! I also have a passion for unusual cars and have a particular interest in American classics from the sixties. I own an Audi 500 SEL 2.8 V6, a Ford Falcon EL Futura, a Ford Falcon XH II Outback Ute, a Citroën CX 25 GTi Turbo 2, two Chev Corvairs, an NSU Ro80, three VW 412LE Variants and a Citroën GS Club S/W. I have flown on the following aircraft: DC-3, DC-4, DC-9, Boeing 707, 727-1/200, 737-2/300, 747-SP/400, 757-200, BAC 1-11, Airbus A300, A320, MD-82, Junkers JU-52, Aerospatiale AS350B Ecureuil, Bell Longranger, Cessna C150, Jabiru J160, Beechcraft Bonanza V35B. I make a point of flying T-tails, where possible.color="#F8F8FF">
Last Flight: Beechcraft Bonanza V35B - February 16, 2008color="#00CED1">

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