AVIODROMENationaal Luchtvaart-Themapark Located in Lalystad, Netherlands, the Nationaal Authentic aircraft from all over the world are presented Luchtvaart-Themapark Aviodrome, or simply in manicured displays that, together with many visual Aviodrome, is quite a long leap from being your average and sound effects, provide the right period atmosphere, European air show. along with one of the world’s largest collection of airworthy vintage planes of all denominations. For one thing, it doesn´t open every other year. Or once every year. Apart from the impressive museum exhibition Aviodrome has much more on offer. A 250-seat movie A unique combination of permanent air festival, theatre offers spectacular viewing of wide screen aerospace museum and family theme park, the aviation films, lots of games, displays, action Aviodrome boasts the largest replica in Europe: presentations and everything you would expect from a the Schiphol 1928 building, an exact replica of the state-of-the-art theme park. 1920s Amsterdam Airport terminal building. And that is only the beginning, since this plane-freak paradise is Plus one tiny detail you’d never find in a theme park: packed with wonders from one end to the other. real planes.
Welcome to the theme park you always dreamed with. This is the Aviodrome,complete with the Schiphol 1928 building replica surrounded by a delicious Connieand the last flying DC-2 in the world. To note, only the airport building 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.
Now in private hands, this Hawker Siddeley Hunter FR74S was originallydelivered to the Swiss Air Force in 1967, and remained in serviceuntil the late 80s.
Disrespectful? An undeserved joke? The ultimate display of bad taste?Many things are heard at the Aviodrome everytime this speacialy paintedHawker Hunter F58A shows up at Lalystad. Maybe everybodystill loves Hunters too much.
Another plane-freak major star from across the Channel,this De Havilland Sea Vixen performs on a regular basis at the Aviodrome.Still, many a purist use to send furious complaints about the liveryevery time she appears.
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.
A Mikoyan-Gurevich MIG-21 Fishbed F, kindly brought during the mid seventiesto the Netherlands by a deserting Soviet pilot, gets the final touchesthat will put her back to flight conditions. The power plant, to note, will not bethe original Russian jet engine
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.
Bringing in royalty from across the Channel, the Royal Family’sBritish Aerospace BAE-146 C1 arrives to the Aviodrome.
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.
Right in front of the main building, a very familiar sightat Amsterdam Municipal: the De Havilland DH-104 Devons used to shuttle overthe English Channel for decades. This dignified survivor still does, operated bythe adventure airline Martin’s Air Charter over the same route.
A very cool Antonov An-2P, starting the engine and coughing up lots of smokeat the 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.
The Dutch Navy’s first general purpose helicopter,this Westland WS-51 Dragonfly welcomes the crowds at the Viodrome.
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.
Getting ready to appear in public the next summer, this Lockheed SP-2HNeptune bears the colours used by the Dutch Navy to disguise its aircraft ascivil KLM planes.
Another Lockheed SP-2H Neptune, on loan from the Helders Marinemuseumfor the 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.
This carefully restored Hawker FB-11 Sea Fury was purchasedby Flying Fighter Pty. Ltd. from the Iraqi Air Force after being replaced in 1982,and repainted with her original Royal Air Force livery.
Another one of the aircraft most dear to every Netherlands plane connossieur,this North American AT-16ND Harvard II B trained generations of Dutch 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.
A Curtiss P-40N Kittyhawk, courtesy of Amsterdam`s Kittyhawk Partnership.
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.
Quite a sight for a final display, Alpine Fighter collections Spitfire and Mustangare lead by The Old Flying Machine Companys Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk withthe former Kiwi FG-1D Corsair taking up the rear position
A Beech 18 also known as Beech C-45 and nicknamed "Iron Annie"and "The Bandaid Bomber” leads three Harvards of the Royal Dutch Air Force’sHistoric Flight.
Dutch Airforce 2004 Historic Flight: a De Havilland of Canada DHC-2 U-6ABeaver follows two Piper Cubs over Lalystad on September 4th.
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.
The stunning show "Fifi Kate" gave at the Aviodrome in December 2004belied her age: three months earlier the old lady celebrated her 61st birthday!Although registered in the USA, this Douglas C-47 Dakota has been based inEngland since 1995, and received her current Royal Air Force D-Day invasionmarkings in 2001.
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 duringrestoration it was determined that she was actually a German-built JunkersJu-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.