Douglas DC-2 "PH-AJU KLM" 1930s look 29112003
It looks like an image from the thirties of the last century, but it's definitely the 21st century. Douglas DC-2-142 c/n 1404 with the paint scheme of Dutch KLM DC-2 PH-AJU "Uiver" ("Stork") in front of the replica of the first pre-WWII terminal building of Schiphol Amsterdam airport. It was photographed on the premises of the Aviodrome museum at Lelystad airport in The Netherlands (EHLE) on 29 November 2003. The aircraft has the official U.S. registration NC39165 and is one of the very few still airworthy DC-2s. 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. The aircraft has a legendary status in Dutch aviation history. 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 (then) Aviodome museum at Schiphol airport and was ferried to the Netherlands by air. In november 2003 the museum moved from Schiphol to Lelystad airport and is now known as the National Aviation Theme Park Aviodrome. The first terminal building of Schiphol airport was originally built in 1928 and replicated 1:1 on the premises of the Aviodrome museum in 2003.
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