A beautiful line-up, but a sad sight nevertheless… A sign of changing times, six Martin 404's withdrawn from use and parked in a remote corner of the airport. There are four PBA and two Marco Airways Martins here, from front to back: N40407, N967M, N969M, N40424, N40415 and N40413. The two PBA Cessna 402s are N68PB and N402PB. N967M was scrapped here in 1993-1994, but the other five were flown out later in 1988. Unfortunately none of these aircraft survive today.
It's good to see oldies like this one taking off at a modern airport, and the wonderful tail colours are a welcome bonus! In early 2005, this aircraft operated several daily cargo flights into Amsterdam for Ethiopian Airlines. Built in 1969, ex N990CF, N816ZA, N8967U. This aircraft served with Silverback Cargo until 2010, when it was withdrawn from use and stored at Kigali, Rwanda. It was still there in Sep 2015, current status unknown.
RA-11356 just landed on 06, still showing the colours of previous operator SPAir. It had flown for this company from 1994 until it was registered to Yermolino Airlines in November 1996. It was last noted at Yermolino, Russia in 2005 and presumably broken up some time later.
There are dull and rainy days in Miami too... This former Air Anglia / British Air Ferries / Air UK Herald (ex G-BCWE) is starting its engines for the return flight to Guatemala. It had only flown with Aerovias for three years when it was stored at Guatemala City in 1991. It was still there in 2000 in very bad shape, and although unconfirmed, it seems likely that it was scrapped a few years later.
The sound of four roaring Twin Wasps could often be heard at Amsterdam during the mid and late 1990s, when DDA's Skymaster ZS-NUR (later PH-DDS) in 1950s KLM colours took to the air again. Unfortunately they were forced to dispose of this magnificent aircraft, due to very rigid regulations imposed by the Dutch aviation authorities. It departed for South Africa in late 2002 (as ZS-AUA). By 2017 it was still there, and although it hasn't flown since 2008/2009, there now is talk about a possible return to the Netherlands...
HI-548CT seconds before touchdown on runway 9L. Thanks to Dominican carriers such as this one Miami saw a wonderful revival of Connie operations during the late 1980s and early 1990s. This particular Connie was delivered to the USAF in 1956 as 54-0183, and was written off while in storage at Santo Domingo on September 22, 1998, when a C-46 Commando collided into it during Hurricane Georges.
HA-MOI leaving the East apron, on its way to the take-off runway for the return flight to Budapest. It is taxiing with its doors still open, which may indicate it's carrying a cargo of livestock. On such flights the doors are kept open as long as possible to reduce the heat inside the aircraft. Less than three months after this photo was taken, HA-MOI made its last commercial flight and was later used as a restaurant in Abda, Hungary. In late 2014 it went to the Múzeum letectva Košice.
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.