C6-BEF pictured in a typical Caribbean setting, during a short stop on Bahamasair's island-hopping flight Nassau - San Andros - Andros Town - Nassau. This route was flown several times each day, and each leg took no more than 12 minutes.
One of two Skyvans withdrawn from use minus props at All West Freight's private airport. On 5 April 2000 this aircraft suffered an accident at a remote Alaskan airstrip, but was repaired. Ex XA-SRD, XC-GAZ, XC-PMX, G-BAIE.
The Ilyushin 62 must surely be one of the most beautiful jetliners on the planet. The cyrillic Rossiya titles on this aircraft, taxiing down the sloping exit of Amsterdam's S-apron, indicate that it belongs to Russia's governmental transport fleet (Rossiya State Transport Company).
I have always admired the nice colours of Denver based travel club Ports of Call. The company was founded in 1966, and when this photo was taken they operated an interesting fleet of ten B707s and three rare Convair 990s. Although the 707s sometimes visited Amsterdam during the mid 1980s, their 990s unfortunately never did. In 1986 the company changed its name to Skyworld Airlines, but business was declining and they were forced to shut down in 1994.
During the early 1990s Tarom mostly used Tupolev 154's or brand new and boring B737s on their flights into Amsterdam, but every now and then a magnificent Ilyushin 62 could still be seen taking off from runway 24.
On the day that the An-225 Mriya was making its first flight at Kiev in the Soviet Union, Schiphol Airport was treated with the visits of two Antonov 22s. This photo shows the second of the two, taxiing to the cargo ramp where the other one was already parked. This aircraft was built in 1975, and it is one of only a few An-22s that were still flying in 2004. The sound of its engines and eight contra-rotating props is unbelievable…
This is the very first Argosy built. This prototype was delivered to British European as G-AOZZ in December 1961. Exactly seven years later they sold it to Detroit-based Universal Airlines as N896U, and it kept those marks ever since. The aircraft is seen here during the twilight of its active career. A little more than a year later it returned to its former home at Detroit / Willow-Run airport, for preservation in the Yankee Air Force Museum. Regrettably, it was completely broken up in 2013 for financial reasons, despite still being in very good condition.
As of 3 October 1990 the East German DDR-prefix was no longer valid, and all active DDR- registered aircraft had to be reregistered. This Interflug Il-18 DDR-STI became D-AOAP. In 1995 it became RA-75554 (2nd use), and it was scrapped at Johannesburg in 2000.
This B737 (one of the old and noisy kind, now almost extinct) was acquired by American through their take-over of AirCal in 1987. It was withdrawn from use a year after this photo was taken, and then spent some years in Mexico, before ending up with an airline in Peru in 1998. It was acquired by the Peruvian Air Force in 2005, but by 2014 they had abandoned it in a boneyard at Lima-Callao.
During the early 1990s Pan Am Express operated several Dash 7's. This one, acquired in June 1989, was used to operate their 4 or 5x daily SAN-LAX flights. It is seen here at one of the many nice photo spots that could be found at San Diego's Lindbergh Field, affectionately known to some as Lindy Field.
Rotating on take-off from runway 24. Worldways Canada acquired this 707 in 1981, and flew it into Amsterdam regularly. Two years later they switched to DC-8's and C-GRYN was sold to the Royal Australian Air Force, as A20-623. It served them faithfully until withdrawn from use 24 years later, in 2007. In 2011 it was sold to Omega Air as N623RH and stored at Brunswick, GA. It was still there in 2017.
In the older days the Paris Air Show often brought very interesting Soviet transports, such as Il-76s and Antonov 22s like this one. They were not present during the show itself, but during the days before and after. CCCP-09333, seen here taxiing in after landing, with its four engines and eight contra-rotating props making an unbelievable sound, first flew in May 1972. It was withdrawn from use in the mid 1990s, and broken up for scrap at Ivanovo during 1997.
Dark rain clouds approaching from the northwest, but "Lugano" is still lit by the nice autumn sunshine. On May 24, 1991 the crew of this aircraft was unable to find the runway of Bakhtaran, Iran because of bad weather. They ran out of fuel and had to make a forced landing in the Iranian desert. This IL-76, not even two years old at that time, was written off.
One of the fourteen YS-11's in storage at Honolulu in 1988 was N109MP, pictured here against a typical Hawaiian backdrop of green hills and mountains and towering clouds. This aircraft was purchased in 1983 and withdrawn from service in July 1988. It was broken up during 1992-1993.
This Canadian Vickers-built Canso (ex C-FJCV, CF-JCV, RCAF 11054) was hired from its owners, Catalina Safari Company, to fly the Peter Stuyvesant Travel Odyssey in 1993. This was a filmed tour to Mexico, USA, Newfoundland, Greenland and Iceland. It included a contest between teams from Holland, Belgium and France, and was later shown on TV in these countries. After a job well done, the Catalina returned to Africa to fly tourists from Egypt to Zimbabwe, but was sold as ZK-PBY a year later. It was still active there by 2016.
Ah, those were the days! LOT Ilyushin 18, in need of some cleaning, on short finals runway 19R at Schiphol... It was withdrawn from use five years later and preserved in Warsaw in 1991. Sadly it was burnt by vandals near the Poniatowski Bridge on September 26, 1995.