Douglas DC-2 "PH-AJU KLM" 29112003
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") on the premises of the Aviodrome museum at Lelystad airport in The Netherlands (EHLE) on 29 November 2003. 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 good old (second) "Uiver" stands in front of the 1:1 replica of the first terminal building of Schiphol airport, originally built in 1928 and rebuilt on the premises of the Aviodrome museum at Lelystad airport. The aircraft is still airworthy, as one of the few still existing DC-2s.
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