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RTW Retro Flight #95 Cologne-Bonn to Brussels . . . 1961


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Sabena flight 788 is a Douglas DC-6 on a rainy afternoon flight from Cologne-Bonn to Brussels (EDDK - EBBR). We have 800 gallons of fuel on board for the 100 nm flight of about fifty minutes. We are expecting thunderstorms, heavy cloud cover and low visibility for the entire flight. We will be cruising at 8,000 feet.


Thanks to:

Aircraft: Douglas DC-6. The model is by Jens B. Kristensen with flight dynamics by FSAviator. The 1960 Sabena repaint is by Maarten Brouwer.

Propliner AI & Traffic: CalClassic & FS Aviator - Tom Gibson, Mike Stevens, Jason Krogmann, Manuel Jagmann, Bill Towers, Nikko Yaginuma, Richard Wright, Frederick Coleman, Dave Jones, Paul Haak, Marty Lochmiller, Ake Lindberg, Harland Sandberg, Richard Wright and Gary Harper. At www.calclassic.com

Scenery and Add-ons: MS FS2004 v9.1 Standard and:

- Cologne-Bonn Wahn airport is from the 1961 Central Europe scenery package by Wolfgang Gersch, Harry Biard, Michael Schneider, Jaap de Baare, Nikko Yaginuma, Tom Gibson, Bernard Leuenberger and Mike Stevens.

- Brussels Zaventem airport is from the 1961 Central Europe – Belgian Airports package by Harry Biard, Nikko Yaginuma, Jaap de Baare, Wolfgang Gersch, Tom Gibson and Bernard Leuenberger. Both at www.calclassic.com

- Sabena timetable July 1 to October 31, 1961 at www.timetableimages.com

- Rwy12 and EZ Static Object and Scenery Libraries. At www.flightsim.com

- FS2004 Classic Scenery Libraries v4a by Wolfgang Gersch. At www.flightsim.com

- REX FS9 w/Overdrive & SP5.

- Flight One Ground Environment Pro II

- FS Genesis UT Europe.


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1. Sabena timetable July 1 to October 31, 1961.


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2. Flight plan filed, passengers loaded, cockpit check completed and starting number one.


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3. Taxiing to runway 32 for departure.


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4. Takeoff and retracting the gear.


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5. Climbing through 2,000 feet into the soup.


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6. Turning on course for Brussels.


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7. At 4,000 feet we pass through a break in the clouds.


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8. We are about 14 nm from Cologne nearing our cruising altitude.


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9. We have crossed the border into the Netherlands probably near Heerlen.


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10. Cloudy above and below we compute we are now over Belgium near Lanaken.



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11. The skies lighten up a bit as we pass over the small towns and farms of the Flemish region of southeastern Belgium.


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12. East of Lubbeek we begin to descend.


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13. In and out of the clouds and rain we are descending through 5,500 feet.


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14. About 7 nm from Brussels Zaventem at 2,500 feet with gear down and flaps 20.


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15. Now below the clouds and lining up our approach to runway 2 at Zaventem.


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16. We have the runway in sight about 2 nm out on final approach with flaps 40


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17. Touchdown.


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18. Turning off the runway.


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19. Taxiing toward the terminal and parking.


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20. Parked at gate 9, engines shut down and passengers disembarked. Thanks for flying Sabena.


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WOW!!! It is Pouring out there Larry...Beautiful Aircraft, I miss flying the classic's, Perfect weather to :pilot:

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Great job Larry! Those shots during the rain had me looking all around in case of a Thunderhead!!:eek:




P.S. After saying that about your screenshots, a thunderstorm just hit here!! 96*F in June is not an indication of a comfortable summer!!!:mad::o

Being an old chopper guy I usually fly low and slow.
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