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About on week and 4 days ago, which was on April 27, 2018, my Therapist and I went to the Aviodrome in lelystad to go see the following:

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Boeing 747-206B(M)SUD
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines "KLM/Northwest Livery)
PH-BUK "Louis Blériot"
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Brand: Boeing Company, Everett USA.


Streched Upper Deck Upgrade package from KLM with permission of Boeing Company, Everett, USA.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018 my Therapist and I went to Lelystad's Aviodrome, there where I had the chance to pay a special visit to the KLM B747-206B(M)SUD the PH-BUK named "Louis Blériot"

When I was there I made pics of upper & Main Decks and from the outside as well, also made some videos but I upload those tomorrow, just a lot of work was done to make all these as best as I possibly could and yes I will also buy this aircraft from Inflight 200 the PH-BUK is for me a must have as one of the best preserves B747-206B(M)SUD's out there within the EU.

Well pics have been uploaded enjoy everyone

It felt as if I was home again as I was the only one there I had this entire Queen for myself and had a private tour as well some very old memories have been regiven to me as well by it's crew and for allowing me to sit in Seat 40K (Row 40 Seat K that I sat during my flight with the KLM B747-306M PH-BUW back on January 24 1986 from Amsterdam - Colombo - Singapore - Sydney.

This was my best B747 day every as it regained me memories from my B747-300 & 400 flight experiences. I can't sadly remember much from my B747-200B experience except the photo's I have of it and the Equator Certificate my parents spared for me.

So here my review of this awesome relic and probably one of the coolest Queens you can visit within the European Union that allows the viewer to see and touch and even study every single part and dimension of this awesome aircraft.
It sadly does show ware but the people that work there are all free timers , they do their best to renovate and keep things in tact as they can as they do that for the love of this old Dutch Queen, they even wanted me to help them out , mainly for my knowledge and B747 history background and being part of the Boeing 747 Fan Club's crew that was for them a great privilege as they were to me that same kind of privilege we talked for hours they learned me new things as I learned them things they never knew, makes it so awesome when having a conversation about a subject both people understand and love discussing

A revisit is planned as they plan on trying to obtain of of the 16 remaining KLM B747-406M's, thereby keeping this B747-206B(M)SUD as well
So Hell yeah for that right! \o/ \o/ \o/

So here some Video's I made when I was there:

From the left side Outsdie:


Here a short video of a walk around of this old B747-206B(M)SUD, this left me many golden memories when I did the same back in 1990 in Colombo, Sri-Lanka with a Malaysia B747-4H6 the 9M-MHL, as the Captain gave me a little VIP tour under the aircraft's belly, landing gear and it's engines:

I even gave a few pat's on the Queen's Belly with this one as I did on the Malaysian Queen back in 1990.

Flight Deck & Upper Deck:


Here a video of the rear part of the upper deck and the entire main deck, also of seat 40K where I sat in back on December 21, 1985 & January 24, 1986 with the KLM B747-306M PH-BUW
This video also shows you the Combi part cargo hold which has space for 12 large pallets:


Pics are next
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Here the first array of photos I took of PH-BUK:

Starting off with the Flight Deck:









Upper Deck's World Business Class:








Combi Cargo Hold for 12 Pallets:


Main Deck:


Here I got the privilege to sit in Seat 40K, same seat I sat on during my flight with a KLM B747-306M ban on December 21, 1985 & January 24, 1986
Flight Route was: Sydney - Singapore - Colombo - Amsterdam and back.


Here my model of the KLM B747-306M PH-BUW; this very aircraft I flew on back then, when I sat in Seat 40K.
Original Flight Ticket & KLM memory card game in the background.
That plus a postcard from 1984 my grandparents sent me as birthday card,
which was exactly one year before I took this magical flight on 1 of KLM's 3 B747-306M's:


On with more cabin shots:


There a little mini expositions on the right, that goes about the history of KLM's B747-206B's and PH-BUK as well:


Here I panned towards the rear of the aircraft:


The A Cabin, this would be normally the First Class Section, later during the mid 1990;s this too became a World Business Class Secton, same as the Upper Deck was given this same conversion.




Here the Galley:


Entertainment & Smoke System manager:


Here their seat:
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Mini Lift that goes from Main deck to Upper Deck mainly for food & Drinks:


Mini Galley for Hot & Cold Drinks:


Straight Stairway Designed by my friend and B747 100/200/SP & 300 Designer "Gene Forsheim":

As he wrote me:
Gene Fosheim:
A real straight stairway.
Trivia: I did design work on the original 747 straight stairway and it had a really slight curve in it.
Very expensive as every step was slightly different.


Here a side view of Gene's Stairway design:


Lavatory:


Here the Expo closeup pics I made, well most of it:





Upper left is a pic of the real KLM B747-206B PH-BUA! Had to makea closeup of that!


Here the PH-BUA I flew with my family back on January 21, 1980:

Flight Route was: Amsterdam - Dubai - Singapore - Melbourne - Sydney

here more pics of that Expo:




















And here some good news for those hooping to see a KLM B747-406M at this very museum!, yet hoping they will keep the B747-206B(M)SUD as well
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Here some pics I took outside of the PH-BUK:

Gotta love the Hump <3


Wing view


Rear view:

Kind of strange our 1:200 models don't have that tail placed strobe light..





KLM / Northwest alliance logo, this later became Sky Team.




Here that awesome Golden BOEING 747 logo, the plane where it's all about for me:


Here the right Airco intake, also a cool indication on how large this monster is compared to that man standing at the main landing gear:


Nose gear:


Main Landing Gear Bay Wells:


Here a special note from B747 designer Gene Forsheim:

Gene Fosheim
Look up in the wheel well photo and you will see some pulleys for the control cables. I designed the tool to drill the holes in those brackets.
They are really complicated believe it or not.

You can see them pulleys in this photo:


The landing gear of the B747-206B(M)SUD used tires from BRIDGESTONE, here the right wing main landing gear:

Them steel struts that were mounted from the ground up to the Landing gear struts were used to avoid constant pressure on the tires.

Servicing Chart : Main Body Gear Shock Strut:


Caution Plate for Ground Door Release Handle:


Caution Plate for Operating Hand Pump or Reservoir Pressure Filling With Valve in Closed Position:


Main Gear Tire Pressure between 200 - 215 PSI around 13 to 14.35 Bar.


Main Gear Hydraulic breaking system


Line Maintenance Vehicle and Left under main wing rear view:


Rear view of this General Electric CF6-50E2 Engine.

Wooden struts were placed to avoid damage for taking place during windy days.
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Here the inlet of one of it's four General Electric CF6-50E2's

The Spiral was used to give a rpm indication for ground crew, there by helping them keep a certain safe distance from the engine intakes.

Jack Pad Access Access Bay:

The B747's had 4 of these Jack Pad Access Bays these were using during D-Checks & during construction of these aircraft to check if the Landing Gear functioned properly.
These Jacks made maintenance easier as well to create a proper standing height under it's belly, with these jacks they could jack the B747 to a certain height for maintenance for other belly placed parts.

Just in front of the Jack Access Bay are the two Airco Intakes and the left part of the fore section of this Classic Queen of the Skies:


Here a shot of them two Airco Intakes from the front view:


Here that lovely Golden BOEING 747 logo again but from the left side:


Then General Electric CF6-50E2's compared to the KLM Refueling Truck, just enormous, makes me wonder how big them GEnx2's are rofl..


Also a notable thing the Flap Levers had these red markings on them and only on the right wing, the later KLM B747-406M also had this but on all 4 right placed flap levers:

This was probably done for maintenance purposes so maintenance crews would not mix up with the left wing parts, just my theory of the case.

An other rear view of this aircraft:


Rear placed Cargo Doors:


Here a closeup of the APU Maintenance Hatch, which you can see in the dark blue part:


Left Horizontal Stabilizer:


Right Horizontal Stabilizer


Under Rear view of this B747-206B(M)SUD, also note the two Cabin Air Pressure Valves:


From that point I panned to the right:


Then to the left:

Showing the walkway connected to the aircraft, the refueling truck and a container as well.

This is one of my favored photo's I made during the visit, the entire landing gear shot, the nose gear can also be seen:


1 of 2 GE CF6-50E2's from the right wing:


Rear right wing view:


A last view of the Hump from the rear end:

At busier days especially in the summer the upper deck entrance is also accessible via that outer placed stairway.
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Here the final photo's , these are high rest shots too

Front section:




And Aft Section:




Now I could of made shots of the middle section, but kind of not thought about that when making these, sorry for that hah xD

And there you have it 84 photo's and 4 Video's I made when I was there, mainly thanks for it not being busy with other visitors I had the best chance to make photo's without too many other people on them, these are the best of days to make photo's when visiting any kind of museum

So enjoy this gallery and if I made any inaccurate notes, feel free to correct me

Many thanks everyone
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That must have been ah-mazing!!!!!!!!!! Awesome photos of a magnificent aircraft!!
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That must have been ah-mazing!!!!!!!!!! Awesome photos of a magnificent aircraft!!
Hey thanks, yeah It felt like home again man, Still adding in photo's so stay tuned for more later
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And there ya go, enjoy everyone
the PH-BUK at 1:200 would be nice with this KLM/Northwest livery, sadly I could not find it in this livery, always having hopes tho.
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EPIC and FANTASTIC Photos of the Queen! Kudos and many thanks for posting/sharing your photos on the DAC! You are the man! Cheers! T7
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Many thanks bud and anything for my friends here at the utmost BEST aircraft modeling communities out there.

Felt like home sitting in Seat 40K again tbh, as if time never shifted.
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Thanks for sharing these photos...quite amazing!

What could be fun, and maybe on a 744, is for Boeing to display how seats evolved over time. Like First class seats from a 1970s 741 through modern day 744s displayed all in a row.
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Thanks for sharing your photos and your memories - I have a similar feeling of being home when I visit VH-OJA (QF 747-400). It's great that these beautiful planes are being preserved for everyone's enjoyment.
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Wow!

Great pics and information.

Thanks for taking the time to post all.

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A++++ for effort to post photos for all to enjoy. That looked like it was a fun day.
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Thanks for sharing these photos...quite amazing!

What could be fun, and maybe on a 744, is for Boeing to display how seats evolved over time. Like First class seats from a 1970s 741 through modern day 744s displayed all in a row.
Many thanks for your kind reply StarAllianceFlyer
And yes they should do that but also by adding the B747SP & B747-8i I would display them in this way:
B747-100
B747-200B
B747-SP
B747-300
B747-400
B747-8i
Formerly known as B747-500X!
Got this from Gene Forsheim, he is one of my best friends from the official Boeing 747 Fan Club that I am Moderator of but he is also one of the official Boeing 747 designers
Gene worked on B747-100, 200B, SP & 300.
His Straight Stairway also was redesigned for the B747-400 & 500X that later became B747-8i.

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Thanks for sharing your photos and your memories - I have a similar feeling of being home when I visit VH-OJA (QF 747-400). It's great that these beautiful planes are being preserved for everyone's enjoyment.
Many thanks for your kind reply TerenceW
And yes that is exactly it, a very home coming feeling as if time never changed, yet I wished these B747's would be kept in hangars away from the earth's weathering.

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Wow!

Great pics and information.

Thanks for taking the time to post all.

Many thanks for your reply too airlineguy!
Yeah I wish I made even more pics and had a clean camera lens as my HD camera went :X
Every visit I make to such things feels too short, anyways my dad & I plan on going back once they add a KLM B747-406M, that is just a must in my list of need to do things.

I will try to make similar photo's with the 406M as I did with this 206B(M)SUD, would be cool to compare the changes.

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A++++ for effort to post photos for all to enjoy. That looked like it was a fun day.
Hey many thanks Kitty Hawk And yeah I was therefor a good 5 a 6 hours at the least Always wishing it was more rofl
But not to worry a revisit is already planned once their KLM B747-406M arrives.
That Air France B747-128 in Paris is also on my visit list.

All in all though, it's just sad that the owner of PH-BUK won't let it's workers maintain it, as in cleaning it and restorating certain needed things or parts.
He is careless, goes like "The Aircraft of my museum that stand outside are fine no need to waste money on keeping them clean..."
That is what his co-workers told me... I was shocked tbh.
So yeah he really just does not understand what weathering does to such things.

I was like well you could always clean it yourselves.. if you want that I would tbh, they were like oh yeah we already do that to the Boeing 747 and the Fokker 70 those are our most important aircraft.

And that is why the KLM B747-206B(M)SUD looked worn and dirty, as many others did as well, from a distance you won't see it but upclose well it all kind of shows.
This photo of the right upper wing is a good example:


Or the Rear Cargo door here:


The came as the head here from the right side:


or the Worn seats & carpet on the maindeck:
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Or the Upper deck mainly the carpet:



If they would just replace that, things would look much better.

As for many other places too.
Renovating the carpet and the other worn parts will make this aircraft much nicer.
If the owner can afford running a Museum like this he should at least spend time and money on keeping these things maintained, renovated and mainly restorated and clean.
At least in Sinsheim & Speyer, the aircraft they have there do get cleaned.

They even wanted me to work for them, mainly due to my knowledge of the B747 and I told them that I really would do!
Just only if I didn't live 168KM from them, I'd be here everyday keeping this Queen clean from dirt, dust and grime.
Simply for the love I have for the Mighty Queen of the Skies, I'd make that a hobby of mine tbh. I did give them some cheap, simple and good cleaning tips they did appreciate it.

They told me I could give tours since I knew things they didn't hah xD
It was for them a great privilege to have the Moderator of the official Boeing 747 Fan Club at their museum for their B747-206B(M)SUD and it was for me a great honor to meet the official people that actually serviced this classic Queen.

We talked at least for 2 hours rofl, they flew on PH-BUK since 1978 to around 1993, when the upper deck had a Bar and a Lounge up there from 1978 to around 1982.

I was like HAH! don't forget the Lift KLM added from the Main deck and the Mini Dance Floor KLM Applied for 2 people with 6 white carpet tiles xD
They were like OMG that you remembered those details, we all had our laughs and shared memories together
So hell yes I am going back, just glad such places exist in such open ways, also a rare thing these days.
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Great pictures and tour of the 747!

Was wondering if you could share a pic of the Equator Cert you got from KLM.

I received one in 1958 flying on KLM Super G Constellation PH-LKK "Centaurus". I was only 3 at the time, but vividly remember sitting over the port wing and marveling at the cool wing tip tanks.

Here is a pic of my original cert.
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Hmm sure you can see it here:


Which is this card:




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Hmm I guess it's fine, I just gotta accept things as they are, I uploaded them in my previous post
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Very cool, and much different than the old ones.
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Nice topic again Gold Leader, very nice pics. Didn't know that they are trying to obtain a klm 744 aswell, do they still have room for another one?
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From what I was told they can store it yes, they just don't hope that this B742-SUD wo't get scrapped, after looking around where the Fokker 70 is standing that would be an easy fit for the B744 and they can just place the Fokker 70 somewhere else, it is doable anyways
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Thank you for the photos & report. I will be in AMS later this year in Oct. I saw on the web about Aviodrome. I was hesitant about going but after seeing your photos & reading your report, I think its worth to roll back the time & see the Queen of the sky. So a visit there in now on the agenda. I wish you well & a nice summer ahead.
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Thank you for the photos & report. I will be in AMS later this year in Oct. I saw on the web about Aviodrome. I was hesitant about going but after seeing your photos & reading your report, I think its worth to roll back the time & see the Queen of the sky. So a visit there in now on the agenda. I wish you well & a nice summer ahead.
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The entrance costs for Aviodrome is around EUR 16.95 for adults.
The food in the restaurant is good fresh and healthy meals, around 11 to12 eruro's per adult for a good meal, it's not really over priced as other go to places are.
The people that work there are kind and helpful as well, not many places like that in the world where the client is actually cared for.

Here the Avidrome guest card I got after entering:

This side explains the car parking rules and your day program:


And this side shows you a map of all locations and locations to visit:


Sadly I had a Dutch card, but they have multi language ones as well English I should of gotten but, this is good enough to give you an idea on what they have on display there.

Aviodrome is quite small when comparing to Sinsheim & Speyer, but it's well worth visiting they have a neat display, just wish the owner would let their employee's maintain them better.
Other than that they are clean from the inside though and they give the visitors that have a special history with those aircraft visit parts of them to refresh memories as I had with Seat 40K

What I do know is that the Aviodrome is one of very few places in the world that has a well preserved B747-200B SUD.
And there are not many SUD's out there that have a well preserved state like the PH-BUK I visited here.
The PH-BUK is what I do recommend other B747 fans to pay a visit to, you won't be disappointed
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That is just so amazing.
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That is just so amazing.
Hell yeah it was xD When I was in this Queen it felt as home coming, gladly they do take good care of it, even the workers are free timers as well.
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