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Uiver pays a visit to Den Helder Airport
The world's only flight-worthy DC-2
upon arrival at Den Helder Airport.
A rare bird that deserves somewhat more attention is the historic Douglas DC-2 Uiver that paid a visit to Den Helder Airport on Sunday, 19 September.
During a period of more than seven weeks, the Uiver travelled through fifteen Dutch airports, including Den Helder Airport. This visit was part of the "Uiver back home" campaign that was set up by the Aviodome National Aviation Museum. The purpose of the campaign was to raise NLG 1.5 million for the purchase of the world's only flight-worthy DC-2, so that this unusual type of plane could be kept for the Netherlands. Interested parties could contribute by purchasing certificates. The American owner, Professor Golgate Darden, had given the Uiver to the museum on a four-month loan for this special campaign. The suspense of whether the museum would reach its goal did not let up until the very last day. In the eleventh hour, a final push from KLM ensured that this would succeed.
After the historic victory with the Uiver in 1934, of the air race between London and Melbourne, the Netherlands has always retained a special relationship with the DC-2.
Donald Douglas built a total of 130 of these planes. A DC-2 was also the first to make an Atlantic crossing on its own power.
The DC-2 that has now been acquired will be presented to KLM for its 80th anniversary.The visit to Den Helder Airport on 19 September attracted a great deal of attention. The day before, the Uiver had already been flown over to Den Helder Airport from Texel Airport and parked there in a hangar. On Sunday afternoon, the plane could be admired from close up and low passes were made over the airport. The Uiver was then set up on the platform so that the certificate holders could fully inspect their "purchase". After making a spectacular low-pass along the control tower, the DC-2 left again for Schiphol Airport in the afternoon.
On the 11th of October the Pilatus PC-12 visited Den Helder Airport.
Monday 28th November the Robinson R66 with registration OO-SEA came for visit at Den Helder Airport.
This weekend Den Helder Airport was surprised by a visit of the Pilatus PC-12.