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RTW Retro Flight #108 Zurich to Amsterdam . . . . 1961

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KLM flight 312 is a Lockheed L1049-G Super constellation flying from Zurich to Amsterdam, (LSZH - EHAM). We have 1,800 gallons of fuel on board for the 326 nm flight. Moderate cloud cover is expected for the entire flight. We will be cruising at an altitude of 18,000 feet.


Thanks to:

Aircraft: Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation. The model is by Manfred Jahn and team and the 1956 KLM paint is by Marcel Ritzema.

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:

- Zurich and Amsterdam airports are 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, at www.calclassic.com

- KLM timetable June 6 to October 31, 1961 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 for June 6 to October 31, 1961. This flight takes place on September 11, 1961 at 10:30 a.m.


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2. Flight plan filed, performing cockpit checks as we load passengers. Engines 3 and 4 have been started.


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3. Passengers loaded, hatches buttoned up and starting Number one.


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4. Ground control instructs us to taxi to runway 16 for departure and we are on our way.


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5. We are airborne and packing away the gear.


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6. Turning on course for Amsterdam with Lake Zurich below us.


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7. The north end of the lake and the Alps are off to our left as we climb through 5,000 feet.


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8. Having passed over the southeastern tip of Germany we are cruising at 18,000 feet with the City of Strasbourg and the Rhine River Below.


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9. Over Germany again we are northeast of Saarbrucken and see the Saar River off our right wing.


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10. About 5 nm from the Luxembourg border we pass over the City of Trier on the banks of the Mosel River. It is considered to be one of the oldest cities in Germany.


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11. A few miles from Trier the flight engineer gives us a rundown of the state of the engines and other critical systems.


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12. Cruising over the far eastern part of Belgium near the town of Butgenbach.


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13. Over Germany again we are passing over the City of Aachen.


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14. Beginning our initial descent near Eindhoven we are instructed to turn north.


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15. We are descending through 14,000 feet about 10 nm southwest of Arnhem with the Nederrijn River below.


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16. Passing through 6,000 we see the Markermeer ahead.


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17. We turn to begin our approach to runway 22 Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.


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18. About three miles out at 4,500 feet we are lined up on final with flaps full and gear down.


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19. Touchdown.


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20. Taxiing to the gate.


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21. Parked, engines and all systems shut down and passengers disembarked. Thanks for flying KLM.


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Very nice pics and scenery! I am always taken back on the size of the Connies. Have you ever seen the YouTube restoration videos on "Columbine" Dwight D Eisenhower's Air Force One? Very interesting what it took, just getting the engines ready for transport to the east coast!


Thanks for sharing Larry! Rick :cool:

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Fantastic bird and great flight. Love that cockpit. Very detailed :pilot:

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