Aviodrome for Antonov 2 flight

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in front of a Fokker 50
I have been driving my turbo charged 
Saab for 5 days now and I love it, I
just type in a destination and let the
Sat Nav do all the hard work. It also
has lots of buttons to play with while
driving and I am starting to play with
them all. The windscreen wipers for
example come on automatically when it
starts to rain and increase in speed
when it rains harder (not really needed
in Perth as it never rains here). I
also love the temperature control
where I just select the temperature I would like in the car and the air
conditioner adds hot or cold air to keep it at that temperature. The only time
I don’t like the car is when I get to a large town as they all have those bloody
trams that go on the same roads as cars (and don’t stop for them) and crazy
cyclists who don’t seem to care if you hit them.
the Aviodrome

Infact quite often those bikes aim for
me, I spoke to my dad about it and he
said its because even if a crash is the
cyclists fault the owner of the car
always has to pay for the damages.

After a nice breakfast, I drove us to
Lelystad in the province of Flavoland
some 130km away north of Rotterdam.
It was a really nice drive through the
country side and because I didn’t have
to worry about where I was going the
trip was even better. We arrived at
the aviodrome in lelystad at about
11am, which gave us 1.5 hours to look
around before my flight on the Antonov 2. I had a close look at the Fokker 50
parked at the entrance and then went inside. The first place I went to was the
KLM 747-200 that’s parked out the back, after being on the one in Speyer this
one was a bit of a let down.
me infront of the Antonov 2

It just doesn’t have the same feel as
being 50m up in the air at a 30 degree
angle and then walking on the wing. It
was still very nice though and I got to
sit in the KLM business class which I
will be experiencing again mid august
on my return flight from cairo. The
other cool thing was that in KLM’s 747s
they are Combi versions and so carry
cargo and passengers on the main deck.
This meant I could go in the cargo hold
and check out the black (they are
actually red) boxes.

From the 747 I went into an Antonov 2 that they have on display and I was able
to sit in the pilots seat, the passenger seating was a little alarming as it
was just a bench on either side of the cabin. We grabbed some lunch at the
restaurant and then I had to checkin for my flight around lelystad.
on board the flight

The plane was located at a replica
of Schiphol airport terminal as it
was n the 1930’s (really tiny).
The
Antonov 2 is the worlds largest
single engine Bi-plane and is the
best aircraft I have been in. The
flight was really amazing and was
the first time I have really missed
being in my Cessna 152. I met some
people on the plane and they were
very worried about the flight, I
explained what all the various
noises were at any given time and
that helped them relax. On small
prop planes you need to manually pump
fuel into the engine before you can start it up and once running you need to
test it. The testing is done by selecting full power (breaks on obviously)
and then cutting out the magnetos 1 by 1 and seeing the voltage drop. On
the Antonov it took about 5 minutes before the pilot was satisfied everything
was in order.
the Wing of the Antonov i flew on

The take off was wicked and I loved
the way that every small bump of
turbulence was felt in the cabin,
not something for the squeamish but
it felt amazing to feel all the
corrections and the flow of air. We
flew very low to the ground and so
had the best view of lelystad and
its surrounding areas, the 30
minutes came by too quickly and I was
very sad when we landed and my flight
was over. Suzie didn’t come with me
on the flight and that was for the
best as she can get motion sickness
and this plane never stopped bumping
around in the sky.

We decided to move onto or next destination which was a small town called
Gilze, near Tilburg in the province of north Brabant about 160km south of
Lelystad. As always I just typed in the address on the Sat Nav and let the
Swedish lady guide me all the way there.
nice harbour inflight
On the way to Gilze
I drove over a miniature version of
the Sydney harbor bridge (that’s what
I think it looks like anyway). Our
hotel was located in an amazing
forest area and was very beautiful.

After dumping our stuff we went to
the health center attached to the
hotel and went for a swim in the
heated pools. I managed to loose
both my camera (it can go underwater)
and locker key at the bottom of the
pool, but luckily I found them both.
In Suzies guide book it said that the
nearby towns were not worth visiting
so we went to the restaurant in the hotel. Being fathers day in Europe
meant that the restaurant (which is one the biggest I have ever seen)
was completely full. It took 30 minutes before we got a table. At this
restaurant you order a main meal and then they bring out 4 different
veggie dishes for the table to share which I think is a cool idea. The
food was nice but it ended up costing $100 AUD for the 2 of us and the
service was really slow.
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in front of a Fokker 50
in front of a Fokker 50
the Aviodrome
the Aviodrome
me infront of the Antonov 2
me infront of the Antonov 2
on board the flight
on board the flight
the Wing of the Antonov i flew on
the Wing of the Antonov i flew on
nice harbour inflight
nice harbour inflight
Old Antonov 2 used for play equipm…
Old Antonov 2 used for play equip…
a Douglas DC 2
a Douglas DC 2
the Antonov 2
the Antonov 2
flying over Lelystad
flying over Lelystad
side of as KLM 747
side of as KLM 747
love my sat nav
love my sat nav
map of Aviodrome
map of Aviodrome
in front of a Fokker 50 engine
in front of a Fokker 50 engine
Suzie infront of a Fokker 50
Suzie infront of a Fokker 50
part of my breaky
part of my breaky
while driving
while driving
mmmm Croquettes for lunch
mmmm Croquettes for lunch
on the Antonov 2
on the Antonov 2
Suzie in Business class
Suzie in Business class
Suzie in the cargo hold
Suzie in the cargo hold
the 2 flight recorders
the 2 flight recorders
awesome cube bridge (again not dri…
awesome cube bridge (again not dr…
my desert
my desert
Sydney Harbour bridge in north Bra…
Sydney Harbour bridge in north Br…
Antonov 2
Antonov 2
NLM Fokker 50
NLM Fokker 50
old Schiphol Airport terminal
old Schiphol Airport terminal
view of the wing from inside
view of the wing from inside
modern boring windmills
modern boring windmills
on the 747 flight deck
on the 747 flight deck
747 tail
747 tail
Catalina! (my favourite prop plane)
Catalina! (my favourite prop plane)
Lelystad
photo by: aggieaggie