Close-up of one of the few surviving Douglas DC-2s, with the characteristic landing lights up front. This is Douglas DC-2-142 c/n 1404 with the official U.S. registration NC39165 but with the paint scheme of Dutch KLM DC-2 PH-AJU "Uiver" ("Stork"), undergoing engine maintenance in the T2 hangar of the Aviodrome museum at Lelystad airport in The Netherlands (EHLE). It was photographed on 15 December 2012, with the lighted wing of the Aviodrome replica Fokker "Spider" behind it. The original PH-AJU became second in the air race from London to Melbourne in October 1934 behind D.H. 88 Comet G-ACSS and won the handicap section. But it crashed on its first regular flight to the Dutch East Indies colony (now Indonesia) just two months later. In 1983 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines leased the DC-2 NC39165 of American collector Colgate Darden for a flight to Australia to commemorate the Great Air Race of 1934. In 1999 the aircraft was bought by the Aviodome museum at Schiphol airport (which moved as Aviodrome museum to Lelystad airport) and was ferried to the Netherlands by air. The aircraft is jointly owned by Schiphol Amsterdam airport, KLM and the city of Lelystad. It is still airworthy and will take part in the 2013 airshow circuit.
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