Dutch Connie in KLM livery 06072004
Dutch Lockheed 749A Constellation N749NL in the late evening sun at Lelystad airport in The Netherlands (EHLE) on July 6, 2004. The aircraft had just returned from Schiphol airport where it had been refurbished and painted in an historic KLM color scheme by KLM personnel and volunteers of the Aviodrome Aviation museum. Museum personnel and museum volunteers greeted the aircraft. The Dutch Connie received the fictitious registration PH-FLE and is named "Flevoland" after the twelfth and last province of The Netherlands, which houses the Aviodrome. The Connie stands in front of the 1:1 replica of the first terminal building of Schiphol airport, built in 1928 and rebuilt before the opening of the museum in 2003. Refurbishing the aircraft took almost two years. It arrived at Lelystad airport for the first time after a ferry flight from the United States on September 28, 2002. The aircraft is now part of the collection of the Aviodrome aviation museum at Lelystad (National Aviation Theme Park Aviodrome). See also the photo "Connie engine start 28092002" posted to this gallery on Tuesday November 30, 2010.