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RTW Retro Flight #103 Dusseldorf to Stuttgart . . . . 1960


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KLM flight 223 is a Convair CV-340 on a February early evening flight from Dusseldorf’s Lohausen to Stuttgart’s Echterdingen airports (EDDL – EDDS). We have 450 gallons of fuel on board for the 182 nm flight of about one hour and fifteen minutes. There will be moderate to heavy cloud cover for the flight. We have heavy snow for departure and will be cruising at an altitude of 15,000 feet.


Thanks to:

Aircraft: Convair CV-340. The model is by Greg Pepper and Tom Gibson. The 1953 KLM paint is by Jaap de Baare.

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, MS Windows 7 and:

- Dusseldorf Lohausen and Stuttgart Echterdingen Airports are from the 1961Central Europe Airports package by Wolfgang Gersch, Harry Biard, Michael Schneider, Jaap de Baare, Nikko Yaginuma, Tom Gibson, Bernard Leuenberger and Mike Stevens. At www.calclassic.com

- KLM timetable January 17 – March 31, 1960 (From the collection of Diederik R. Vels Heijn) 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. KLM timetable 17 January -31 March, 1960.


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2. Passengers loaded and getting ready to button up the hatch.


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3. Starting number one. We are trying to depart before the airport shuts down due to poor visibility.


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4. Waiting for takeoff clearance at runway 5. It is snowing hard but we think they will clear us.


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5. We received clearance and are up and away. No turning back now.


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6. Turning on course for Stuttgart.


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7. The River Rhine is off to our right as we climb through 4,000 feet near Langenfeld.


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8. We are out of the snow and into the clouds passing through 12,000 feet.


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9. Cruising over the Cologne-Bonn area at our assigned 15,000 feet.


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10. There is solid cloud cover below, but we calculate Koblenz to be about 15 nm ahead.


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11. There is a small break in the clouds near Geisenheim and we see River Rhine below. Frankfurt is 25 nm off to our left.


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12. We are about 15 nm from Worms and the clouds seem to be thinning a bit.


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13. Twenty nm past Heidelberg we start our initial descent to 7,000 feet.


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14. Passing through 9,000 feet 25 nm from Stuttgart.


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15. Descending to 4,000 feet and turning southwest to set up our approach to Stuttgart.


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16. Cruising at 4,000 feet 15 nm from the airport we take a look out to the west.


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17. Turning to intercept runway 7 at Echterdingen airport.


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18. Descending to 2,000 feet with gear down and flaps 30.


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19. Lined up on final with flaps 40. It is not snowing here, just some angry looking clouds and a light dusting on the ground and some on the runway.


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20. Touchdown.


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21. Turning off the runway and heading to the terminal.


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22. Parked at the gate engines shut down and passengers disembarked. Thanks for flying KLM.


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Thanks Jan, Rick and Adam. I appreciate your comments. I know it's no competition with FSX and P3D, but for the era that I grew up in it is as close as I can get to my comfort zone. :)


Jan like you, I like sky colors other than blue and white. :pilot:


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