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    Flying in a Zlin 526

    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.


    Final.


    And just before touch-down.

    Last edited by Ron Engels; September 30th, 2006 at 00:38.
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    Re: Flying in a Zlin 526

    That was fun Ron. Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: Flying in a Zlin 526

    Cool pics, Ron!
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    Re: Flying in a Zlin 526

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Engels
    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.
    This could turn into an airplaneuseek web list, eh?
    Awesome pictures, and awesome area to take pics.
    Of course, while out tooling around the farmland of Northern Illinois, USA today - I'm sure I could come close to match the scenes you show as far as color and fascination. Fall in the midwest is just a favorite season what with the harvest coming along, the colors of trees, the long rays of early morning sun/early evening sun. A great season here - and there in NL.
    DanG Elgin, IL USA

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    Re: Flying in a Zlin 526

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Engels
    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.
    Nice Zlin! Many Czech Zlin types could be found in former eastern Germany, I remember seeing several tough 42 and 43 types in flying clubs and I think some had special features like nitrogen filled main spars. Lots of them were used for aerobatics.

    OK, back on topic: A Czech military Prim automatic from the 1970's...



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    Re: Flying in a Zlin 526

    Excellent!

    Thanks, Ron.

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    Re: Flying in a Zlin 526

    Ron,
    Wonderful photography as usual. Please, tell me where in Nederland is the village with the church, airfield, you photographed? Looks like you had fun on a nice day!

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    Re: Flying in a Zlin 526

    Wonderful pictures, Ron ... reminds me of my flight in the Antonov last year in Poland.
    Cheers,

    Martin ("Crusader")

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    Re: Flying in a Zlin 526

    Cool pics Ron!
    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Engels
    And the towing aircraft, isn't that a piper?

    Looks like a Piper Super Cub to me
    Cheers,
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    Re: Flying in a Zlin 526

    Quote Originally Posted by Noviomagus
    Ron,
    Wonderful photography as usual. Please, tell me where in Nederland is the village with the church, airfield, you photographed? Looks like you had fun on a nice day!

    -Walter
    Thanks Walter,

    it's my home town, Hilversum, in the center of the Netherlands.
    Ron.


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