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Beech D18S-3NM - G-29
 

With only 28 Beech T7 Navigators flown within the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), serial number G-29 was actually made up as the PH-KHV would become the 29th Beech in RNLAF colours.

It all started in 1987 by a group who called themselves the “Beech Boys”. This was a little club within the recently formed Dutch Dakota Association (DDA) with the goal to get a decent instructional aircraft for new pilots on the Foundation's  DC-3's. They bought a Beech 18 with c/n A-904/CA-254 that saw active service within the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) as RCAF2375. She was one of 283 Expeditors acquired for the RCAF as a training aircraft for their pilots and navigators. She also functioned as a utility aircraft. After being struck of charge she was sold on to civil operators in Canada and the USA. The last known owner in that period was Canadian Warplane Heritage who operated her before being sold to the Netherlands.

With registration N5369X she was sold to the DDA on February 12, 1988 and shortly after she flew to the Netherlands on the well known route via Greenland and Iceland. Once arrived at Schiphol a new nickname was easily found; “Good Vibrations”. And she became a regular guest on various airshows in- and outside the Netherlands. But a little misfortune struck her during the 1989 season, as she had to make a precautionary landing at Eelde airport due to engine troubles. After inspecting the aircraft the conclusion came that there was a electrical problem and it was best to recondition and replace the whole electrical system.

What seemed to be a easy to solve problem resulted in a four year grounding while repairing the electrical system, but when she first flew again in 1993 she was in better shape than ever before. The only thing that held her back from more flying was the decision made by the DDA to focus their attention to Douglas aircraft, so the “For Sale” sign was placed on the windows of this lovely aircraft. Contacts where made with the Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight if they would not be interested in the aircraft. With some backup from sponsors she was sold to the Historic Flight and she could stay preserved in the Netherlands. In 1994 “Good Vibrations” touched down at her new home on Gilze-Rijen.

Although the Canadian colors were genuine to the aircraft, it was soon decided to apply her with the colours of the RNLAF T-7s. So after repaint, "G-29" was born. The Beech T-7 flew with the RNLAF from 1950 until 1959 and were just like in Canada in use as trainer, transport and utillity. The only thing missing for "G-29" was her Dutch civil registration. This resulted in PH-KHV. Wearing her beautiful colors with pride she is still a lovely sight to see, for a lot of people that visit airshows in- and outside the Netherlands.

Beech D18S-3NM - PH-KHV - Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight - Netherlands
 

Beech D18S-3NM
PH-KHV - G-29

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Beech D18S-3NM - PH-KHV - Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight - Netherlands   Beech D18S-3NM - PH-KHV - Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight - Netherlands   Beech D18S-3NM - PH-KHV - Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight - Netherlands   Beech D18S-3NM - PH-KHV - Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight - Netherlands
 
Beech D18S-3NM - PH-KHV - Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight - Netherlands  
 
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