AVIODROMENationaal Luchtvaart-ThemaparkEdited by Miki
AVIODROMENationaal Luchtvaart-ThemaparkLocated in Lalystad, Netherlands, the Nationaal Authentic aircraft from all over the world areLuchtvaart-Themapark Aviodrome, or simply presented in manicured displays that, together withAviodrome, is quite a long leap from being your many visual and sound effects, provide the rightaverage European air show. period atmosphere, along with one of the world’s largest collection of airworthy vintage planes of allFor one thing, it doesn´t open every other year. denominations.Or once every year. Apart from the impressive museum exhibitionA unique combination of permanent air Aviodrome has much more on offer. A 250-seatfestival, aerospace museum and family theme movie theatre offers spectacular viewing of widepark, the Aviodrome boasts the largest replica in screen aviation films, lots ofEurope: games, displays, action presentations andthe Schiphol 1928 building, an exact replica of the everything you would expect from a state-of-the-art1920s Amsterdam Airport terminal building. And theme park.that is only the beginning, since this plane-freakparadise is packed with wonders from one end to Plus one tiny detail you’d never find in a themethe other. park: real planes. Click
Welcome to the theme park you always dreamed with. This is theAviodrome, complete with the Schiphol 1928 building replica surrounded by adelicious Connie and the last flying DC-2 in the world. To note, only the airportbuilding is a replica.
One of Benelux’s most treasured flying machines, this Air Fouga CM-170R-1Magister is preserved in mint conditions by the Dutch Historic Jets Association.Either as a static display or as a performing act, she usually makes one of thebiggest thrills of the day.
The Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros is a high-performance jet trainerdeveloped in Czechoslovakia during the late 60s to replace the L-29 Delfin.It still produced in an evolved state as the L-159. More than 2,800 L-39sare in service with over 30 air forces worldwide, filling the roles of basic andadvanced pilot training, making it the most widely-used jet trainer in the world.
A McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawk from the squadron which New Zealandused to maintain on a permanent basis at the Australian Naval base at Nowrafor fleet support and other co-operative operations, now addedto the Aviodrome permanent flight line.
This North American F-86A Sabre was delivered to the USAF in 1949and served until 1958. Then she was restored to flying conditionduring the early 1970s by Ben Hall. He also painted the Korean War 4th FIWmarkings that she still carries today. She remains in perfect flying condition,and is reputed to be one of the worlds three oldest flying jets.
Once Netherland’s most ambitious project, the only remainingFokker S-14 Machtrainer is just about to join the Aviodrome’s staic display line.
Though somehow out of place in an antiques show like Lalystad,the Piaggio P-180 Avanti is currently seen anywhere plane connossieursgather, as Italian executives seem extremely keen on selling it.
Doubtlessly one of the Aviodrome’s favourites, our Lockheed L-049AConstellation, once the pride of KLM’s overseas service.
Once a usual channel shuttle, this De Havilland DH-83 Fox Mothis still in flight conditions.
A very cool Antonov An-2P, starting the engine and coughing up lots of smoke atthe Aviodrome. Has very small "Stichting Antonov" titles under the cockpit.
A visitor from the Provence Noratlas Association, this Nord N-2501 Noratlasis a very frequent sight over Lalystad, though still a most anticipated sight.
Fresh from the other side of the English Channel, this proudArmstrong-Whitworth AW-650 Argosy prepares to land at Lalystadfor a two-week residence at the Aviodrome exhibition.
This Fokker F-27-100 Friendship was the first production-built F-27.She arrived back home in The Netherlands after 46 years of (almost)continuous flying abroad. The uncomplicated ferry from Australiatook 50 hours over several days. Whats more: this classic birdis currently flying joyriddes with passengers at the Aviodrome.
A Vietnam Veteran Sikorsky Erickson S64E Skycrane Air Fouga CM-170R-1One of Benelux’s most treasured flying machines, this converted intofire fighting chopper in Canada, where she the Dutch HistoricMagister is preserved in mint conditions by served until 1997, Jets Association.when she found her definitive home at Lalystad.Although her performance was cancelled just some twenty minutesbefore the scheduled time, still she made one of the a ttractions of the day,even as static display aircraft.
A classic Sikorsky S-55B chopper with extra windows for sight-seeing ridesaround Lalystad.
A very familiar sight in airshows all over Europe, and all over the worldfor that matter, this Pitts S-2B l is owned and operated by our hosts,the Lalystad Air Club.
Another Lockheed SP-2H Neptune, on loan from the Helders Marinemuseum forthe Royal Netherlands Navy.
In the early morning fog, before the show begins on September 4th,a Dutch Navy Grumman US-2N Tracker waits over the frozen tarmac.
Another one of the aircraft most dear to every Netherlands planeconnossieur, this North American AT-16ND Harvard II B trained generations ofDutch pilots.
Complete with weary-to-the-bones pilot, this wartime displayof a Republic P-47M Thunderbolt reflects the realistic way in which theAviodrome concept is executed at Lalystad.
No introduction necessary: a USAF North American P-51D Mustang.
A Hawker Hurricane Mk II in incredible mint condition,owned by the Alpine Fighter Collectors Society, from Geneve, Switzerland.
Also operated by the Alpine Fighter Collectors Society,a Supermarine Spitfire LF-16F.
The only remaining Dutch version Spitfire, known as model LF-9B/361,appears at the Aviodrome thanks to the Royal NetherlandsAir Force Historic Flight.
The Old Flying Machine Company from Wellington, New Zeland,broght this Vought FG-1D Corsair.
This Bell P-63 Kingcobra is one of the rarest warbirds flying still flying.Although superficially resembling the Aircobra, she was a completely newdesign to correct the Aircobras deficiencies at high altitude.Performance was inferior to the Mustang, hence the Kingcobra never sawcombat with the USAF.
Coming in from the cold: a Plikarpov 153 in winter war scheme.
The only surviving airworthy unit of her type, this Fiat G46-4A Serie VMonoposto prepares to take off from Lalystad, decades afterRetirement from the Italian Air Force.
Not all B-17s are Flying Fortresses: this Saab B-17 is a basic trainer developedfor the Scandinavian and Icelander air forces.
A real wartime hero, this lovingly restored De Havilland DH-89A Dragon Rapideflew rescue and evacuation missions all through Second World War.
First flown in 1937, the Beech type 18 was used by the United States Armyand Navy as pilot, gunner, bombardier, and navigator trainers,as well as photographic reconnaissance plane and personnel transports.The last of more than 7,000 civilian and military versions was delivered in 1969.
Flying over the Dutch sea near Lalystad, a former rench AeronavaleConsolidated PBY-5A Catalina.
Quite an unforgettable sight over the Aviodrome: a Dutch NavyConsolidated PBY-5A Catallina flying information with a Royal Air ForceDouglas C-47 Dakota, when she visited the Aviodrome in December 2004.
Contrary to popular belief, this North American B-25N Mitchell Bombernever belonged to the Royal Dutch Air Force. In fact, she was operatedby the Duke of Bravant Air Force, as stated by the Bravant flagspainted on the wings and fuselage.
During the Summer of 2004 several heavy bombers from theCommemorative Air Force crossed again the Atlantic, like they did sixty yearseariler, to appear at a special program at the Lalystad Aviodrome.First to land was this perfectly conserved Consolidated B-24 Liberator.
Curiosly enough, this is the first time this Boeing B-17G Flying Fortressever flew over Europe. Completed in early 1945, she remained in reserveuntil the end of the war, and then waited scrapyard till theCommemorative Air Force purchased what was left of her and rebuilt herto the perfect state she is in now.
This mint-condition Boeing B-29A Superfortress is, needless to say,the Commemorative Air Force’s largest pride and joy. And large it is, indeed.
This elegant old lady had first thought to be a CASA 352L, but during restorationit was determined that she was actually a German-built Junkers Ju-52/3M, assembled by CASA. It served with the Spanish Air Force until 1976.Her current owners acquired it in 1990. The EADS logo (European AeronauticDefence and Space Company) seems rather out of place on her.
The Commemorative Air Forces CASA 2.111/ Heinkel HE-111 in flightsomewhere near Lalystad. Sadly, this aircraft and its two pilots were lostin a forced landing outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming on February 10th, 2005.