Last Flight of Captain Jorgen Bierhorst @ KLM

Captain Jorgen Bierhorst made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Final destination Curacao and back homebase Amsterdam. On his retirementfight Jorgen got assisted by First Officer Marcel Kammelar as his ‘Wingman’ and Second Officer Margret Nuijten-Vonk as his ‘Wingwoman’. Flight KL735 , callsign KLM171, first got planned for a RWY24 departure. But 10 minutes in front of TSAT time they got recleared for RWY18L. So I had to run with my equipment and racing to the other runway. And than it started raining quite heavy…………… Lots of spray, wiping my cameralens many times and then they gave full […]
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Last Flight of Captain Ray Brandt @ KLM

Captain Ray made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Capetown was his final destination and retour homebase Amsterdam. Flight KL597, callsign KLM 119, stand F5 and cleared for RWY18L and a KUDA2E departure. Due to the weathercircumstances ( drizzling rain and strong wind ) I was continously cleaning my cameralens. And these conditions resulted the aircraft was not visible anymore when rotating. KL597 was operated with the B777-300ER reg PHBVI Backflight KL598,callsign KL104 and the final callsign ‘Team Ray’ got a landing at RWY18C on request. This flight got operated with another B777-300ER reg PHBVC. After vacating RWY18C […]
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Last Flight of a Captain B747F @ Martinair Cargo

A Captain B747F  made his last flight due to retirement at Martinair Cargo. Heading from Miami to Amsterdam with First Officer Harry van der Weij as his ‘Wingman’. Flight MPH6122 got operated with the B747-400ERF reg PHCKB and after a beautiful approach landing on RWY06.     Videostills………..
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Last Flight of Captain Wil Jaski @ KLM

After an enormous career of about 40 years Captain Wil got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. His final destination Curacao and back Amsterdam. Flight KL733, with an strong Eastern wind, operated with a B777-200 reg PHBQP and RWY36L for departure. Backflight KL734 with a landing on RWY06 and operated with another B777-200 reg PHBQB On Wil’s last flight he got assisted by First Officer Cees Tanja and Second Officer Sjoerd Bruin as his ‘Wingmen’.     Videostills…….
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Last Flight of Captain Thijs Jongsma @ KLM

After a career of 31 years and 10 months Captain Thijs Jongsma got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. JFK was his first and his last destination !!! How wonderful. Flight KL641 , stand F7, got a RWY24 departure and was operated with the B787-10 Dreamliner reg PHBKC. First Officer Vincent Aupers was his ‘Wingman’ and big friend Captain Dimitri van der Vieren in behind and joining this flight as well. Captain Thijs was his first instructor and good friend. Backflight KL642 with an quite early arrival with Thijs’ final touchdown at 6:08LT on RWY18R and taxying to […]
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Last Flight of Captain Philip Almgren @ KLM

Captain Philip Almgren got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Flight KL635 heading for Las Vegas with the B789 Dreamliner reg PHBHP. Tugdriver Bokito operated/filmed the push & pull on Echo24 abeam Echo77 Backflight KL636 , operated with a B789 Dreamliner reg PHBHC , got a final landing on RWY 18R and taxying to stand Delta 57 Captain Philip got assisted by First Officer Vincent and Second Officer Jasper Vreenegoor as his ‘Wingmen’   Videostills……..
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Last Flight of Captain Bas Seijffert @ KLM

After 27 years and 6 months Captain Bas Seijffert got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. His final destination was Capetown and back Amsterdam assisted by First Officer Niek Dillen as his ‘Wingman’. Flight KL597, AMS-CPT, with callsign KLM119 , stand F9 and departure on RWY36C. This flight got operated with a B777-300ER reg PHBVI. Backflight KL598, Capetown-Amsterdam, with callsign KLM104 got a nice landing on RWY18R and taxying for final stand Echo 17. Bas operated his last landing with another B777-300ER reg PHBVB    
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Last Flight of Captain Bas Lindenkamp @ KLM

After 31 years and 8 months Captain Bas Lindenkamp got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Unfortunately he could’nt operate a last takeoff at homebase Amsterdam. KLM did send him to Boston as passenger with a Triple Seven. But…………. his final flight ended with a beautiful landing at RWY 06 ,assited by First Officer Jes Nissen as his ‘Wingman’. Flight KL618 got operated with a A330-300 reg PHAKF and final stand Echo 2. Filming this last flight of Captain Bas was orchestrated by First Officer Sebastiaan Kesseler (KLC) Career at KLM KLM 31 jaar 8 maanden -Captain A330-200/300 […]
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Captain Herman Hello says Goodbye @ KLM

Captain Herman got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Heading for Curacao and back Amsterdam with First Officer Willem Luijten and Captain Arnoud Welhüner as his Wingmen. Flight KL735, callsign KLM171 , stand Echo 22, got a RWY 24 departure and operated with the B777-300ER reg PHBVC. Backflight KL736, CUR-AMS, with Herman’s last landing on RWY18R and taxying for final stand F9.     Videostills………..
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Last KLM FLight to MAF Bushpilot @ Cpt Joost de Wit

Captain B737 at KLM, Missionairy bush-pilot in training for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) Kenya , Captain Joost made his last flight after 22 years of being commercial pilot for KLM. Flight KL1279 heading for Edinburgh and back Amsterdam. Flight KL1279,stand D14, and a Siera5 RWY 24 departure. Backflight KL1280 got a landing on RWY 18R. Due to my duty at KLM Aircraft Towing Department we decided to film the arrival/docking at final stand D44. This final flight got operated with a B737-700 reg PHBGI   Joost de Wit and Ruth de Wit – van der Ploeg are both airline pilots […]
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Last KLM Flight to MAF Bushpilot @ FO Ruth de Wit-van der Ploeg

Last KLM Flight to MAF Bushpilot @ FO Ruth De Wit-van Der Ploeg First Officer Ruth de Wit-vd Ploeg got her last KLM flight due to a very special reason, guided by our Almighty God of Israël. After 15 years working for KLM, Ruth and her husband Joost quit their jobs as airline pilots for KLM. Within a few months they will become bush pilots for Mission Aviation Fellowship in Kenya. Instead of flying Boeings, they will be flying Cessna Caravans to remote places to bring help and hope to people in need. Their Youtubechannel; https://www.youtube.com/@mafdewit If you would like […]
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Last Flight of Captain Klaas van Veen @ KLM

Captain Klaas van Veen got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Final destination was Hong Kong and back Amsterdam. Heading for Hong Kong and assisted by First Officer Arjen Schwartz as his ‘Wingman’. Flight KL887 , stand Echo 6 , and a runway 18L departure operated with the B777-200 Reg PHBQB. Backflight KL888 with the lovely callsign ‘Triple Eight’ got runway 27 to land and after vacating the follow-me cars were waiting. An awesome final part guided to final stand Fox 9. KL888 was operated with the B777-200 Reg PHBQD Filming the last flight of Captain Klaas was […]
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Last Flight of Captain Roef Dieters @ KLM

After 30 years and 8 months Captain Roef Dieters got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Captain Roef, heading for Kuala Lumpur- Manilla and back Amsterdam, got assisted by 5 ‘Wingmen’.  First Officers Onno Veltkamp (KL805-KL806), Camiel Baneman (KL805) and Alex Buitenhuis (KL806) Second Officers Bas Groenveld (KL805) and Paul Reijnen (KL806)  Flight KL805 , AMS-KUL , stand Echo 17 and runway 24 Siera 7 for departure. Backflight KL806, KUL-AMS, just arrived before ‘Storm Poly’ fully exploded. First the flight got planned for runway 22 , but when entering the Dutch border Roef got runway 18R for his […]
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Last Flight of Captain B747F Peter Horstink @ Martinair Cargo

Captain Peter Horstink made his last flight due to retirement at Martinair Cargo. Retiring at his beloved 747 Freighter. Flight MP7121 , assisted by First Officer Robert Posman , and heading for the routine Amsterdam-Campinas-Quito-Miami-Amsterdam. This routine got operated with the B747-400ERF reg PHCKA. Runway 24 for departure. Nice detail his son started flight KL1539 a couple of minutes later. Last flight MP7122, MIA-AMS, arrived a day later than sheduled. Final landing on RWY18R after a huge career.     Videostills……………
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Last Flight of Captain Richard de Waard @ KLM

Captain Richard de Waard made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Richard got assisted by First Officers Nick Verplak and Brian Vreugdenhil as his ‘Wingmen’. Also surprised by the pushback operated and filmed by Bokito. Flight KL765 , AUA-BON // Aruba-Bonaire, stand Delta 49 and operated with the A330-200 reg PHAOA. The pushback got operated with the largest pushbacktruck AM500 reg KK // Kilo-Kilo. This is a real V8 16L truck. Backflight KL767 BON-AMS, with callsign KLM-DeWaard-767, got a RWY18R arrival and operated with a A330-300 reg PH-AKE. Vacating runway 18R and taxying to final stand Echo 17. […]
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Last Flight of Duco vd Werf @ KLM

KLM Pilot Duco van der Werf got his last flight due to retirement at KLM Together with Captain Joost van Gerwen as his ‘Wingman’ and his wife Senior Purser Andrea Sleutel (non working on this flight) , heading for Boston and back Amsterdam. Flight KL617 ,stand Echo19, got a pushack operated by my colleague KLM ATD Marcel van Tiel. Thereafter taxying to Siera 6 RWY24 and operated with the A330-300 reg PHAKE. Backflight KL618 was operated with the A330-300 reg PHAKD. Turning right to intercept localizer RWY18R and after a ‘Bokito Call’ operating a smooth landing. Final stand was Delta […]
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Last Flight of Captain Jan vd Schuur @ KLM

Captain Jan van der Schuur made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with his wife Purser Sandra Haeck and First Officer Bart Romkens as his ‘Wingman’ heading for Johannesburg and back Amsterdam. As both are ex B747 pilots, in the past they called ‘gonna make a Joburg’. Flight KL591 ,AMS-JNB, stand F5, departure on RWY36L and a awesome wingroll salute !!! This flight got operated with a B777-300ER reg PHBVS Backflight KL592 got RWY36R for his final landing and vacated for stand Echo 17. Jan’s final flight got operated with a B777-300ER again and reg PHBVK   […]
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Last Flight of Captain Marc Litjens @ KLM

Captain Marc Litjens made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Happily I was able to operate and film his departure to Tokyo Narita on the last moment, with thanks to our department , KLM AIrcraft Towing Department. KL863 , operated with B789 Dreamliner reg PHBHG, stand F5, with a alternative pushback on taxiway Alpha abeam G8. After the pushback we could reach bufferposition P10 and film also Marc’s takeoff at runway 36C. Backflight KL864 got a RWY06 arrival and after a slight wingroll a smooth landing. The most wonderful experience was after his retirementlanding. At the Crewcentre Marc […]
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Last Flight of Captain Kurt Geilert @ KLM

Captain Kurt Geilert made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with First Officer Anil de Nie and Second Officer Ramon Dormans as his ‘Wingmen’, heading for Panama City and back Amsterdam. Flight KL757 with a RWY36L departure and operated with the B777-300ER reg PHBVR. Backflight KL758 got a RWY 06 arrival and was operated with the PHBVK. Vacating runway 06 and taxying to final stand Foxtrot 7. Since October 1989 with KLM SF340A/B           // FO and Captain // Route instructor B767-300            // First Officer B747-400        […]
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Last Flight of Captain Arnold Crone @ KLM Final

Captain Arnold Crone made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with First Officer Rogier vd Vijver as his ‘Wingman’ heading for Toronto and back Amsterdam. Flight KL695 on stand G4 and operated with the B787-10 Dreamliner reg PHBKI. I (Bokito) was operating his final push&pull at homebase Amsterdam Airport) Push & Pull abeam G6 and enginestart approved. Backflight KL696, callsign KLM122-Heavy, got a RWY06 arrival ,operated wth the B777-200 reg PHBQI. Final stand for docking and shut down the engines for the last time in career was G6.   Videostills and pictures…………  
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Last Flight of Captain Ruud Schoenmakers @ KLM

Captain Ruud , the last Pilot of his RLS class , got his retirementflight to Curacao, and also assisted his wife Manon Babtist as Senior Purser. On this flight First Officer Yvonne Erben (former 747 pilot) as his ‘Wingwoman’. Final flight , KL736, got an RWY06 landing and operated with the B777-300ER reg PHBVO     Videostills…….
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Last Flight of Captain Marcel van Maurik @ KLM

Captain Marcel van Maurik got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with First Officer Frits Haije and Second Officer Gerard Brandenburg as his ‘Wingmen’ heading for Bangkok and back Amsterdam. Flight KL875, stand Echo 2, RWY18L for departure and operated with a B777-200 reg PH-BQK. Backflight KL876, operated with a B777-200 reg PHBQI, got a nice turn right to intercept localizer RWY36R. After vacating the runway Marcel got surprised by follow-me cars by Airport Schiphol. Following them all the way for final stand F4. Videostills……..
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Last Flight of Captain A330 Dirk van der Neut @ KLM

Captain Dirk van der Neut got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with First Officer Vincent Hoekveld as ‘Wingman’ heading for Boston and back Amsterdam. Flight KL617 started with a 2 1/2 hour delay. After pushback Echo19 there was a technical issue and was solved by technicians on stand. Finally Dirk gave ful throttle on RWY36L with the A330-300 reg PHAKF. Backflight KL618 with his final landing on RWY06 and operated with the PHAKD. The career of Dirk started at the Royal Airforce from Jan ’87 till Jan ’96 and therafter he became commercial pilot at KLM […]
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Last Flight of Captain Rob de Boer @ KLM

Captain Rob de Boer made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with First Officer Dimitri and Second Officer Justin as ‘Wingmen’ and heading for lovely destination San Francisco. Rob was suprised when I , ‘Bokito’ , entered the stand with pushbacktruck ‘Kilo-Quebec” and should also operate his final pushback at homebase Amsterdam Airport. This was orchestrated by his good friend Captain Hein Kuipers. Hein got his own retirementflight to PBM last February. Flight KL605 , stand Delta 2 , pushback into Alpha 5 abeam C11. This flight got operated with the B787-10 reg PHBKA Backflight KL606 , […]
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Last Flight of Captain Maurice Mulder @ KLM

Captain Maurice Mulder made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with his ‘Wingmen’ First Officers Michiel Stamer & Paul and Second Officer (XCM) Sjan Liem heading for Capetown and back Amsterdam. Flight KL597, callsign KLM119 , stand F4 , runway change 18L to RWY 24, PHBVK. KL598, callsign KL104 and KLM-Mulder, RWY 18R , stand F7 and operated with the B777-300ER reg PHBVS     Videostills……….  
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