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RTW Retro Flight #117 Rotterdam to Liverpool . . . . . 1962


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Dan-Air flight 109 is a Douglas DC-3 on a flight from Rotterdam to Liverpool Speke (EHRD - EGGP). We have 300 gallons of fuel on board for the 278 nm flight. We are expecting moderate cloud cover and good visibility for the flight. We will be cruising at 6,000 feet.


Thanks to:

Aircraft: Douglas DC-3. The model is MS FS2004. The 1950s Dan-Air paint is by Ed Knapp.

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:

- Rotterdam 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

- Rotterdam Airport is from the 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

- Liverpool Speke Airport 1960 is by Tom Gibson. At www.calclassic.com

- Dan Air summer timetable effective May 20, 1962. 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. Dan-Air timetable for summer 1962.


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2. Cockpit checks completed and boarding passengers.


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3. Buttoned up and starting number one.


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4. Taxiing to runway 6 for departure.


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5. We are up and away.


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6. Turning on course for Liverpool.


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7. Climbing through 4,000 feet heading toward the coast.


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8. Cruising at altitude over the North Sea we see a lot of shipping.


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9. Now midway across the North Sea.


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10. We make landfall in England at Lowestoff and can see Lake Lothing the saltwater lake that flows to the North Sea at the port of Lowestoff.


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11. With farmland below we are about 10 nm southeast of Norwich.


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12. Cruising about 10 nm north of the town of Nottingham.


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13. We are north of Matlock the county town of Derbyshire.


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14. A look out to the right near the village of Longnor in the Staffordshire Peak District.


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15. Leaving the Peak District and the Staffordshire Moorlands for the flatter lands of the county of Cheshire.


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16. We begin our initial descent about 13 nm from Liverpool near the town of Northwich.


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17. Lined up on final approach to runway 26 at Liverpool Speke airport.


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18. Touchdown.


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19. Taxiing to parking.


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


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Another fantastic flight and narrative! :pilot: All that happening in the summer of 1962. I was just a few months old! Thanks for bringing that history alive. I so enjoy these.

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I was born in Rotterdam as you know and I remember the airport in the 60's and 70's very well. Spent many hours there. There were lots of scheduled flights to the UK those days and I saw all the the long forgotten companies. So good to see them in your Retro flights again. Also good to see Speke in your sim. :cool::cool::cool:
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I made my first flight on a DC-3 in 1961 just out of high school. :)


Hey, Top Gun,


Nice flight...brings back memories.


I graduated High School in 1959 (so we're both "old farts") with my Private Pilot License in my pocket. Got my Commercial, etc. a few years later and managed a copilot flight in a DC-3 in 1963; I even got a couple of hours stick time, but no takeoff or landing :(. Wound up with a full 47-year professional career, including 5K hours helicopter. What a life. :pilot:

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