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RTW Retro Flight #109 Amsterdam to Brussels . . . . . 1959


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SAS flight 551 is a Douglas DC-6 on a flight from Amsterdam to Brussels (EHAM - EBBR). We have 800 gallons of fuel on board for the short 86 nm flight. We are expecting moderate cloud cover and fair visibility for the flight. We will be cruising at 8,000 feet.


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Aircraft: Douglas DC-6. The model is by Jens b. Kristensen. The 1950 SAS paint is by Gary Harper.

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:

- Amsterdam Schiphol 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. At www.calclassic.com

- Brussels Zaventem Airport is from the 1961 Central Europe – Belgium Airports by Harry Biard, Nikko Yaginuma, Jaap de Baare, Wolfgang Gersch, Tom Gibson and Bernard Leuenberger. At www.calclassic.com

- SAS timetable effective April 1, 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 July 12 – October 31, 1959.


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2. Flight checks completed, passengers loaded and engines started.


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3. Ground control sends us out to runway 22 for departure.


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4. We are in the air and retracting the gear.


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5. Turning on course for Brussels.


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6. Climbing through 4,500 feet with the Westeinderplassen behind us to the right and Schiphol behind and off to the left.


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7. Cruising through the clouds at our assigned altitude of 8,000 feet.


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8. About 25 nm from Schiphol near the Town of Lekkerkerk with the Lek River below.


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9. Now near the Town of Strijen with the Diep River and estuary below.


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10. We have crossed into Belgium near the village of Kalmthout and see the estuary of the Scheldt River in the Netherlands off and below our right wingtip.


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11. About 5 nm north of Antwerp the visibility is partially obscured by clouds.


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12. Over the City of Antwerp we get a better view below our left wing.


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13. We have been routed to the west of Brussels and are now turning to the south for an approach to runway 02.


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14. Making a final turn toward the north northeast.


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15. Descending through 5,000 feet just north of Waterloo.


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16. We have the runway in sight and have flaps 40 and gear down.


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17. Three miles out at 700 feet we are lined up on final with flaps full.


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18. Touchdown at Brussels Zaventem.


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19. Taxiing to parking we see the Melsbroek Air Base that shares the runways with Zaventem.


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20. Parked at the gate, engines shut down and passengers disembarked. Thanks for flying SAS.

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Great flight Larry! I always like the planning you do and your knowledge of the locations :pilot:

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Great! Fine to see EBBR like it was some time before :)

('over Waterloo:' don't have any thought about that, like a French; it would be political :):) )

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Nicely done! :cool:

I certainly appreciate this tribute on the 60th anniversary of my birth. :)

A simple card would have sufficed though. :o -- Bob



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They gave me your snacks Jim, I told them to leave you asleep, and that you were a famous dangerous criminal. It tasted well. :cool:


So that's why so many police men were in the airport lobby. I have my talents and gave them the slip. Watch your step or you will find out why I am so famous. Jim

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