Some time age, there was an auction at the (field) hockey club that my daughter plays at. The proceedings were meant for a new artificial turf field.
A collegea and I offered 'a picture of your house' up for auction.
He's the owner of his own private plane, and I take pictures.
The aircraft is a Zlin 526. A roughly 40 years old Czech military trainer. It's fully aerobatic, has a 180bhp hanging cylinder engine, with a basic but clever variable pitch propellor. A real classic that still shares many parts with the Me 109. Here's my friend (Airbus A330 pilot) doing some checks.
His example is in the original livery of the former Yugoslav Airforce, where it flew before the civil war.
I took the trainee's seat (up front) and this is the view. A very basic panel, with obviously all Metric instruments.
When doing the magnetos check, a glider being towed just became airborn.
Full throtlle, speed approaching 80 km/hr, shortly before getting airborne.
Here's what the strip looks like, from the cockpit, looking through the turning propellor.
Shortly after take-off we passed the tow.
The glider, and I have no idea what type, but I'm pretty sure it's not very modern:
And the towing aircraft, isn't that a piper?
From another angle:
For reasons of privacy, I'm not going to show the houses that we photographed, but here's a picture of a church I made. And before you think we were flying too low, this was made from 1000' with a 300mm lens on a digital camera. Total focus around 500mm.
Flying back to the airport, and it doesn't get much more Dutch then this. Completely flat, and lots of water.
Is it fun to fly such a vintage airplane? Ask my friend!
We are now joining final, and can see the strip straight ahead.
Looking to our right we can see the airport buildings and more aircraft. In the distance is the tower of the church from the picture I showed you.
And just before touch-down.