Lelystad - Almere
The next day our grandson and our male half walked onto the airfield and visited the museum, starting to admire some real ‘oldies’, both designed and built by a fellow countryman, being Anthony Fokker
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Fokker). The one on the left picture is a ‘Spin’ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fokker_Spin) and the one on the right a Fokker Dr.I (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fokker_Dr.I).
Lockheed Constellation – front
In our humble opinion one of the most striking and prettiest aircraft ever designed. Look at its ‘cat-back shaped’ upper side and its triple rudder...
Lockheed Constellation – rear
...to name but two utterly conspicuous characteristics. For more, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Constellation.
Schiphol Airport before 1967
A model of Schiphol Airport (now Schiphol Oost) as it looked like before 1967 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amsterdam_Airport_Schiphol). The two of us visited...
What it looked like in 1964
...the airport in 1964.This is the view of the vast apron as seen from the building that is visible in the background on the left picture. (By the way, we are still together.)
De Havilland D.104 Dove
As said, the two of us visited Schiphol Airport in 1964 and decided to have our first flight. A round trip was offered by Martin’s Air Charter (later Martinair, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martinair). For this purpose, a Havilland Dove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Dove) was exploited and before entering the plane (how unimaginably exciting!!!!) we pictured her/him/it. Note the registration. Last Tuesday the same...
PH-MAD Martin’s Air Charter
...airplane was spotted -see the registration- now a bit of a ‘pièce de résistance’ at the museum. Isn’t that great? We remember being the last two (of 9(??) to enter the plane in 1964. As a consequence our female half was seated in the co-pilot's seat – the best seat by far. Afterwards her comment was: ‘the pilot is a macho, he did a lot of things in front of me while he could have done the same on his part of the dashboard’. She still remains that down-to-earth type of woman.
Sud Aviation Caravelle
These two pictures clearly show the difference in layout of the fligt-deck between a plane that was developed in the 50s of last century (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sud_Aviation_Caravelle) and 30 years later...
...(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fokker_100). We remember to have visited a mock-up of the Caravelle during the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. (Atomium.) Almost 60 years ago. Sixty! Time flies, dear reader.
If ever you’d meet someone trying to convince you of the fact that all birds in The Netherlands live on top of a pole: do not believe it. Sometimes though one tends to...
...think it must be true. We have seen this when cruising up and down the Lage Vaart (low canal). The Hoge Vaart (high canal) will be tackled coming week, so stay tuned.
We’ve been back to Lelystad again, but you’ve seen what that looks like last week – third picture from last. On Thursday we were thrown back to just the two of us and we needed the Friday to recuperate. Saturday we left at 9:20AM, planning to be somewhere near the famous national park Oostvaardersplassen. Here’s the first opportunity to moor – the canal...
...is visible in the background. It proved to be too shallow. A pity, ‘cause it does look really inviting, doesn’t it? We had to move on a bit and go for this space on the canal itself. The engine was switched of already at noon. This is, by the way, the spot we were looking for on Tuesday but were unable to find because of the ‘extra’ bridge. Building up knowledge, that’s what it’s all about.
Sunday 7th of May, 2017 - view towards the north on the outside
We moored here, at the entrance of Almere’s Noorderplassen (northern lakes) and switched off our engine at 12:10PM. The spot is really to our liking, so we decided to use the maximum permitted stay of 3 nights. And will...
Sunday 7th of May, 2017 - view towards the south from inside
...maybe ‘smuggle’ a bit more. Our view towards the entrance of the lakes. The bridge is a moveable one, giving us the opportunity to enter the lakes. Why should we? We are happy where we are. That’s it for this week. Bye bye.
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Dankjewel, Tineke! Tot gauw 😍.
En dan nog even en Amersfoort in zicht
De laatste foto: ongelooflijk!!!!!
Dank je wel, Tineke! We zien mekaar hopelijk snel in A'foort.
Jaja, 't schiet op. Maar rustig aan, want de Nijkerkersluis is nog een paar dagen geblokkeerd. (En een 'Vollenhove' zal ik -als ik er aan toe kom- een n toevoegen...)