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DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by Le Chavalier du Ciel » Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:35 pm

Visited southern part of Swartkop yesterday and noticed some activity around the DC-6 ZS-XXX. The aircraft have been parked there for many years now. Maintenance inspection underway for possible repair/servicing to fly the aircraft out of Swartkop! The aircraft cleaned and inspection panels opened up... the technician on site mentioned that the aircraft does have a new owner that is keen to re-locate this very historic aircraft.
I would not like to miss the first engine run-ups ... and what else might follow. Early days yet though.
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by Warbirdsfly » Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:38 pm

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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by porqui » Sat Nov 29, 2008 7:34 am

Does anyone know where it is going to be moved to and are we going to lose this aircraft - another one gone ?!?
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by GooneyBird » Sat Nov 29, 2008 8:22 am

Very exciting news indeed. I wonder who is involved with this aircraft now? She has had a hard time of it the last couple of years.. Ready my article in African Pilot (issue 2) on the same a/c (s/n 45329) "Angie Baby".

Here are some links to pics of the same aircraft in happier times;

http://www.airlinefan.com/airline-photo ... -6/LN-SUT/

http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.s ... entry=true
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by Le Chavalier du Ciel » Mon Jan 26, 2009 2:09 pm

Technical team continueing with repairs to XXX. Yes she will fly even though the owners have been cautioned about the amount of work needed on her. People with such a passion and obviously money need to be applauded. Great conservation news. =D>
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by Le Chavalier du Ciel » Sun Apr 18, 2010 4:21 pm

The team is still at it - after more than a year of work to get her into flying condition.
Update of the project at
:wink: http://www.airnews.co.za/home/April/... ... 20DC-6.pdf
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by Le Chavalier du Ciel » Mon May 10, 2010 10:01 pm

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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by JP Schulze » Mon May 10, 2010 10:20 pm

=D> =D> Would be great to have a formo with our Namibian DC-6
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by llevy » Thu Jul 01, 2010 1:10 pm

This was an article written by Brendan Odell some years ago on Angie Baby:

http://historicflight.co.za/angie/

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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by MTex » Thu Jul 01, 2010 2:32 pm

was there 2 weeks ago, was almost ready for flight, apparently going to a farm somewhere as a final resting place.
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by stoney727 » Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:33 pm

Heard it is going to the airtstrip next to N1 towards Pietersburg. Gert De Klerk' spot. ?????????????
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by Le Chavalier du Ciel » Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:23 pm

Lovely, beautiful, she just looks different when she turns onto the runway, built to fly.
Very close to flying now. Hats off to the owners and the team keeping at it.
Pilot Johann van den Berg has been assigned to fly her and he is trying hard to convince Chris Schutte to bring V5-NCG "Bateleur" down from Eros for a formation flight. Now that will be awesome.
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by JP Schulze » Sat Jul 24, 2010 1:03 pm

Le Chavalier du Ciel wrote:Lovely, beautiful, she just looks different when she turns onto the runway, built to fly.
Very close to flying now. Hats off to the owners and the team keeping at it.
Pilot Johann van den Berg has been assigned to fly her and he is trying hard to convince Chris Schutte to bring V5-NCG "Bateleur" down from Eros for a formation flight. Now that will be awesome.
You can bet that I will be on board of V5-NCG then, will find out more and let you guys know!
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by steamtrainfan » Sat Jul 24, 2010 8:09 pm

Now wouldn't it be fantastic if she was ready for her maiden flight on August 14???????????
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by Ray W » Sun Jul 25, 2010 6:23 am

steamtrainfan wrote:Now wouldn't it be fantastic if she was ready for her maiden flight on August 14???????????
That would be unreal - I've been watching, over time, how she's been worked on. It'll be good to see her in the air again even though it'll only be for a short flight to Wahlmansthal.
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