Updated : June 22, 2016

Aviation Photography by William L.B.J. Dekker

One of my hobbies, apart from hamradio, is photography. Although not specialized in aviation photography I occasionally take pictures of aircraft since aviation is one of my other areas of interest as you will discover here.

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A Boeing 727-81 (HR-SHE) of the former Honduran airline SAHSA (Servicio Aereos Honduras S.A.) on short final to RWY 01 in November 1985. This aircraft with c/n 18823/135 was delivered in April 1965 as JA-8303, later registered in Germany as D-AHLL and after its SAHSA service scrapped in Fort Lauderdale in 1991.

Unfortunately SAHSA tickets have become collector's items since both Honduran airlines SAHSA and TAN ceased operation in the early 1990's.

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Toncontin International (TGU/MHTG), Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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SAHSA 727-81 (HR-SHE) about to touch down at RWY 01 in November 1985. Situated at an elevation of 1007 meters in a basin between several tall mountains, Toncontin Airport is known for its difficult approach between the mountains to a very short runway of only 1869 meters. Click here for a view from an American Airlines plane just before the final turn to align with RWY 01 in May 1991.

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Toncontin International (TGU/MHTG), Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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A Lockheed L-188CF Electra (HR-TNL, c/n 1134, built in 1960) of the former Honduran airline TAN (Transportes Aereos Nacionales) on short final to RWY 01. This plane crashed on March 21st, 1990 approximately 12 kms further south during initial approach to Toncontin. It flew into the southern slopes of Cerro de Hule in poor weather conditions (low cloudbase and rain) at 2500 ft below the 7000 ft Minimum Safety Altitude at that point on the approach path (Source: Aviation Safety Network).

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Toncontin International (TGU/MHTG), Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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Back home just before sunset. The TAN Lockheed Electra HR-TNL about to touch down on RWY 01 (at 1007 meters AMSL) in November 1985.

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Toncontin International (TGU/MHTG), Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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TAN Boeing 737-2A3 HR-TNR (c/n 20299/158, del. 12/69 to Pluna as CX-BHM) aligning with RWY 01 (November 1985).

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Toncontin International (TGU/MHTG), Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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TAN Boeing 737-2A3 HR-TNR (c/n 20299/158, del. 12/69 to Pluna as CX-BHM) just before departure to San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa (January 1985).

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George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston (IAH/KIAH), USA

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TAN Boeing 737-2A3 HR-TNR (c/n 20299/158, del. 12/69 to Pluna as CX-BHM) just before departure to San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa (January 1985).

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George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston (IAH/KIAH), USA

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SAHSA Boeing 737-2K6/Adv HR-SHA (c/n 20957/377) in November 1985. Many years later in 2005 I managed to lay my hand on a 1:400 diecast model of this aircraft manufactured in 2003 by the Seattle Model Aircraft Corporation.

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Toncontin International (TGU/MHTG), Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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A Lockheed L-1649A Starliner N8083H (c/n 1038, delivered to TWA in April 1958) in November 1985 at La Mesa where it was abandoned by the crew in 1984 after a reported drugs flight. Two years later in May 1986 it was flown out of San Pedro Sula by its new owner to the Auburn, Maine airport in the USA. The aircraft partly visible in the foreground is a SAHSA DC-3 (HR-SAH) about to leave for a flight to the Bay Islands.

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La Mesa International (SAP/MHLM), San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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A closer look at the SAHSA DC-3 HR-SAH about to depart from La Mesa for a flight to the Bay Islands in November 1985.

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La Mesa International (SAP/MHLM), San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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Douglas DC-3 (HR-LAQ) of the former Honduran national carrier LANSA (Lineas Areas Nacionales de Honduras S.A.) at Goloson, the international airport of La Ceiba, Honduras (May 1987).

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Goloson (LCE/MHLC), La Ceiba, Honduras

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Probably the most famous aircraft in Dutch history is the KLM DC-2, "Uiver". In 1934, the Uiver was victorious in the legendary London-Melbourne MacRobertson Trophy airrace in which it was the second aircraft to cross the finish line in Melbourne and became the first to finish in the handicap section of the race. A few months after its racing triumph the original Uiver crashed in bad weather over Iraq. Shown here is the NC39165 in the 1934 Uiver livery.

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS/EHAM), The Netherlands

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In 1984, this NC39165, one of the last airworthy DC-2s, painted in the KLM PH-AJU "Uiver" 1934 colour scheme, travelled the same distance again, on the "Uiver Memorial Flight". Here the crew just before departure from Amsterdam via Mildenhall (UK) to Melbourne on the 18th of December 1983.

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS/EHAM), The Netherlands

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Engine start up for the flight to Mildenhall, the first leg of the memorial flight to Melbourne.

Listen to the sound in MP3 streaming audio format of the Uiver engine start up.

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS/EHAM), The Netherlands

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The PH-AJU taxiing to the runway on its way to Mildenhall.

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS/EHAM), The Netherlands

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The Uiver airborne and on its way to Mildenhall for the Memorial Flight to Melbourne.

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS/EHAM), The Netherlands

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Overflying the airport in formation with two Beech F33A Bonanza's (PH-BNI and PH-BNS) of the RLS (the former Government Aviation School) before heading to Mildenhall.

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS/EHAM), The Netherlands

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In 1984 after the Memorial Flight the DC-2 went back to its American owner but returned to the Netherlands in 1999. Presently this DC-2, which is kept in airworthy condition, is on display at the National Aviation Theme Park Aviodrome at Lelystad Airport

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Lelystad (LEY/EHLE), The Netherlands

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The cabin of the DC-2, NC39165/PH-AJU "Uiver" (July, 2001).

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Lelystad (LEY/EHLE), The Netherlands

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Instrument panel in the cockpit of the NC39165/PH-AJU (July, 2001).

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Lelystad (LEY/EHLE), The Netherlands

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Visit the Uiver Fanclub Holland Website

For more detailed information related to this famous aircraft (in the Dutch language) it's recommended to visit the website of the Uiver Fanclub Holland. A free screensaver with these and other Uiver pictures is available for download (2.6 MB) from this site.

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Fokker F-28 Mk 6000 with registration PH-JHG. This aircraft was the first Fokker F-28 prototype built in 1967 with c/n 11001 and later converted to respectively Mk 2000 (1971), Mk 6000 (1973) and Mk 4000 (1985). This picture was taken on the 18th of December 1983.

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS/EHAM), The Netherlands

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Fokker F-28 Mk 6000 PH-JHG. Note the extended tail-mounted speed brakes, a unique feature of the F28, making it possible to perform a rapid descent while stabilizing the F28 at low approach speeds (December 18th, 1983).

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS/EHAM), The Netherlands

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A KLM Boeing 747-200 on final approach to RWY 19L in 1986.

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS/EHAM), The Netherlands

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KLM 747-206B with registration PH-BUC (c/n 19924, Del. May 21st, 1971) in 1986. The aircraft remained in KLM service until October 1989 when it was transfered to America West Airlines with registration N533AW. Scrapped in May 1994 in San Antonio (USA).

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS/EHAM), The Netherlands

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Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-212 9V-SQR taking off in May 1983.

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS/EHAM), The Netherlands

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Aviateca (Guatemala) Boeing 727-173C TG-AYA, cn 19506/447, in November 1987.

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Miami International (MIA/KMIA), USA

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Provincetown-Boston Airline (PBA) Douglas DC-3 (November 1987).

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Miami International (MIA/KMIA), USA

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TACA International Airlines Boeing 767-2S1ER N767TA with Pan Am A300B4-203 "Clipper New York" N203PA taxiing in the background in May 1987. The N767TA was damaged beyond repair after overrunning the runway at Guatemala City on the 6th of April 1993 (Source: Aviation Safety Network).

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El Salvador International Airport (SAL/MSLP)

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A British Airways Hawker Siddeley Trident 2E G-AVFL (c/n 2151, del. 18/02/69) about to take off in 1986.

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS/EHAM), The Netherlands

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TACA International Airlines (El Salvador) Boeing 727-2A1/Adv YS-08-C (cn 21599/514) departing from Belize in May 1987.

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Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE/MZBZ), Belize

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Agusta-Bell AB-206B Jetranger II PH-HAP (Heli-Vraets B.V./ACE Helikopters, Lelystad) operating from a local soccer field in my home town as a temporary heliport for sightseeing flights mid 80's.

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Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands

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Agusta-Bell AB-206B Jetranger II PH-HAP taking off from the soccer field for a sightseeing flight.

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Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands

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Agusta-Bell AB-206B Jetranger II PH-HAP during approach to the temporary heliport after a pleasure flight.

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Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands

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Mexicana Boeing 727-200 ,XA-HOV, cn 21637/1429, just before boarding on this plane for a flight to San Jose, Costa Rica in May 1987. Click here for a view from the plane shortly after take off from La Aurora.

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La Aurora (GUA/MGGT), Guatemala City, Guatemala

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TACA International Airlines Boeing 737's departing in May 1987.

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Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE/MZBZ), Belize

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Other websites with my aviation photos

Airliners.net

My photos at Airliners.net

Uiver Fanclub Holland

Uiver Photo Page

Connie Survivor Website

A man and his dream

Aviation Safety Network

HR-TNL and N767TA Accident Reports

Airlines-Airliners

L-188 HR-TNL

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