It was a sorry sight today, 19 March 2013, when I saw KLM MD-11P PH-KCG standing in front of one of the KLM hangars at Schiphol Amsterdam airport in The Netherlands (EHAM), stripped from its KLM logos and name and with a black and white registration sticker in stead oif its former white on blue registration. Within a few days, the aircraft will be ferried to the US for scrapping. It is the fourth of KLM's once ten strong MD-11P fleet that was phased out, following the fate of KCF, KCH and KCI. The remaining six aircraft will have left the KLM fleet by October, with PH-KCK planned to be the last to go. I could only take the picture over the fence surrounding the airport, with my arms stretched out, trying to avoid the barbed wire. It was only just possible to get between the trees at the side of the hangar, but unfortunately I could not avoid the lamp post. McDonnell Douglas MD-11P c/n 48561 (l/n 585) PH-KCG started its service life with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on 12 May 1995, so it was bearing its name "Maria Callas" for almost 18 years.
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