DC9 nose section Schiphol

In March of 2007 AELS was approached by Schiphol to assist in the development of a new store for all kinds of aircraft souvenirs. The idea was that souvenirs such as scale models and t-shirts would be offered in this shop. The architect already made a drawing in which an aircraft nose section, a wide-body landing gear and a wide body engine cowl were incorporated. AELS was asked to project manage the purchasing of the material, the transport and assist in the rebuilding.

The project started with the focus on a DC-9 nose section. After a visit to the USA it was decided to purchase the first 9 meters of the aircraft with S/N 47174 from Evergreen Aircraft Sales & Leasing Company.
This aircraft entered service in April 1968 with Delta Airlines under registration N3333L. After 1980 it continued its life with other operators such as Ozark Airlines and Trans World Airlines under another registration, N929L.
At the storage facility the nose section was removed and prepared for transportation.
The aircraft booked an amazing 82101 flying hours and 86872 cycles during its life time. Not many aircraft do, however, one more "flight" as this DC9 did after being stored for so long.
At first the nose section was transported to Houston were it was crated for further transport by ship. A few weeks later it arrived in the harbor of Antwerp after which it was transported by road to Schiphol. The transport was executed in cooperation with Koninklijke Saan. Short after the arrival of the nose section also the landing gear and the engine cowl arrived.
After arrival at Schiphol, the nose section was first stripped further down after which the interior of the aircraft was adjusted to fit design and the demands of its new function. The restyling of the aircraft was executed in cooperation with Valk Winkelinrichitng.
Before the aircraft was ready for display it needed a new paint job, which was performed by QAPS, an aircraft painting company located at Schiphol. They first stripped the nose section of all the old painting after which it received a brand new shining livery. The first and only DC-9 with the new KLM livery was born. The aircraft also recieved its name, City of Schiphol. This name was chosen because all KLM DC-9s in the past had a name of a city. QAPS also painted the engine cowl.
After the paint job the aircraft and parts were transported to its final destination. During night time the aircraft, accompanied with the engine cowl and landing gear, were moved inside the Schiphol shopping area: "Schiphol Plaza".
On November 14 the new eyecatcher of Schiphol Plaza, Planes@Plaza opened its doors for visitors. Next time you are there take a look and make a nice picture of yourself as a pilot in the cockpit of this beautifull aircraft.