Last flight of Captain Robert Adriaens @ KLM
Captain Robert made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. His ‘Wingmen’ were F/O Gert Jan Blaauwendraat and S/O Frank Coumans. Final destination on this retourflight was JNB – Johanneburg. Pilots call this a ‘Joburg’. Flight KL509 , AMS-JNB , stand Echo75 and RWY18L. This was a ‘Cargoflight’ and operated with a B777-200 reg PH-BQN. Final and backflight KL592 got a RWY18R arrival,operated with a B777-300ER reg PH-BVS. When entering the Dutch airspace the callsign of KL592 changed to ‘Robert-One’ Videostills……………..
Impressive Wingroll Salute // Last 747 & Retirementflight @ Captain Jan Bons
Captain Jan Bons made his last 747 flight and retirementflight together at one retourflight to Curacao. In view of the 90% decline in flights and anticipated future capacity, KLM previously decided in early March that it would phase out its remaining Boeing 747s in April 2020,instead of in the summer of 2021. Actually Jan would retire in September 2020………….but now he was able to celebrate his retirementflight on his beloved B747 , however during weird circumstances. Flight KL129-Heavy ( KL735 ) heading to CUR and operated with the B747-Fullpax reg PH-BFN. Togehter with his ‘wingman’ and first officer Karel Jansson, […]
Last Flight & Goaround of Captain B747 Henk van den Brink @ KLM
Captain Henk van den Brink made his last 747 flight as retirementflight. With an enormous career as 747 pilot and Captain. Henk started as ‘Captain B747’ at July 1982 and made his last 747 flight after 37 years and 10 months. An amazing career and state of duty for KLM. Due to the current worldwide circumstances and KLM’s decided phasing out all 747’s at the end of March. This was a reason for him to operate his retirementflight right now and on his beloved B747. Flight KL692 ,with callsign KL86, on final for RWY 06 and became a straight goaround […]
Last flight of Captain B747 Lulof Beumer @ KLM
Captain Lulof Beumer made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Some colleages call him ‘The Tom Cruise of the KLM B747’ Togethether with his good friend and First Officer Peter Westerneng and Second Officer Ilana Iskander. Flight KL601 heading to LAX was operated by the B747Combi reg PH-BFW. RWY24 Sierra7 for departure with a marvellous wingroll salute after rotation. They also call it a ‘rock to the wings’. Backflight KL602 got operated with the B747Combi reg PH-BFS and a real smooth flaring before touching the runway really soft for the very last time. The callsign was ‘Banjo’. Vacating […]