Cessna 185 amphibian PH-DUK 23032012
Cessna 185 Skywagon Amphibian c/n 185-0046 PH-DUK of Wings over Holland over Lelystad airport in The Netherlands (EHLE) on 23 March 2012. Although The Netherlands consists for a large part of water, only a very small number of waterplanes was used in the country after WWII. Before the war the Dutch Naval Air Service trained pilots in the homeland on waterplanes for service in the then Dutch colony of the East-Indies (now Indonesia). But after the war, when Indonesia gained independence, only limited use was made of waterplanes in The Netherlands itself. PH-DUK is one of only two Dutch amphibians at present, the second being Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina c/n 300 PH-PBY. PH-DUK was built in 1961 and first flew with registration N9846X before it went to Norway on 7 July 1961 as LN-TSM. It was registered in The Netherlands by Wings over Holland on 22 August 2001.
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