ex: PH-DDYm ZS-IPR, 6906, ZS-IPR, A2-ZEF, VQ-ZEF, 42-107469, HS-POE, PI-C102, NC53103, 42-107469 2003 Deliverd to Aviodrome as NL-316 van "Netherlands Government Air Transport" 2018 As PH-TAR Douglas DC-4 KLM "Rotterdam"
When WFU in 1982 the aircraft was handed over to KLM as instructional airframe. It received a KLM livery. Now on display in the Aviodrome in Royal Netherlands Navy colours, remnants of the former KLM colours can be seen on the rear fuselage.
During the summer of 2012 one of the engines of PH-DDZ failed and the aircraft was grounded. The financial burden was too great for the Dutch Dakota Association to restore airworthiness and, after almost four years of inactivity, the PH-DDZ was sold to the Aviodrome museum at Lelystad. This venerable old DC-3 is now stored in the restoration hangar.
The clearest shot I ever got of this interesting exhibit at the Aviodrome. After WWII KLM boss Albert Plesman was quick to obtain a number of C-54s. Initially they operated as government aircraft, including wartime orange triangle military markings, until things normalised along the airline's route to the East Indies. This airframe is not the real NL-316 / PH-TCD, which was c/n 10312. Being repainted in KLM colours in 2019 to celebrate the airline's 100th anniversary.
In April 1918, a Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 made an emergency landing in the neutral territory of the Netherlands, where it was interned and flight tested by the Dutch. In 1919 the Netherlands bought a licence to build the aircraft and 35 W.12s were subsequently manufactured by the Van Berkel company of Rotterdam as the W-A, serving with the Dutch Naval Air Service until 1933. This replica is under construction in the Aviodrome restoration hangar.
This C-47 was built at Long Beach and TOC by the USAAF as 42-23974 and then passed, firstly, to the RAF as FD938 and then to the SAAF as 6867. It also carried the registrations ZS-NJE and G-BVOL in civilian life but is now in retirement at the Aviodrome at Lelystad.