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DC-6 ZS-MUL was ferried to her new home on 4 December 2010

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Douglas Commercial model number 6, construction number 45329, had been under restoration for a ferry flight since November 2008.

She departed Swartkop Air Force base on Saturday 4 December 2010 at 07:13 and landed at 07:50 at her new home just north of Pretoria.

Her new owners are Witold Walus & Willie Muntingh of Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Plot 145 Waterval, Wallmansthal, Pretoria.
Co-ordinates:-2534'47.61" +2816'10.71" Opens in Google Maps

An existing 500m dirt strip was widened and lengthened by about another 800 meters to the north. Prior to landing she performed a "runway inspection" and flew low over the prepared strip. The aircraft landed north to south and at the end of the strip turned left into Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers premises.

The pilots were Johan van den Berg (SAA), Laurie Raath (SAA) and Flight Engineer Mike Mayers.
Congratulations to the owners Witold and Willie and Mike & the team that kept at it for two years, we salute you!

Further reading can be found on the aviation forum AVCOM under the General Aviation Chatter heading and topic DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop? 


YouTube video clip DC-6 Landing (short version)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8tqCrMWCQE&feature=player_embedded

YouTube video clip DC-6 Landing (long version)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Hmx1yqB3XQ&feature=player_embedded#!


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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Mike Meyers and his team working late into the night sorting out fouled plugs and doing final checks
Swartkop 3 December 2010
Photograph: Leon Steyn

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Early morning preparations at Swartkop 4 December 2010
Photograph: Malcolm Reid

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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Early morning preparations at Swartkop 4 December 2010
Photograph: Malcolm Reid

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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Early morning preparations at Swartkop 4 December 2010
Photograph: Malcolm Reid

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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Early morning preparations at Swartkop 4 December 2010
Photograph: Malcolm Reid

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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Early morning preparations at Swartkop 4 December 2010
Photograph: Malcolm Reid

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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Early morning preparations at Swartkop 4 December 2010
Photograph: Malcolm Reid

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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Engine fire-up Swartkop 4 December 2010
Photograph: Malcolm Reid

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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Co-pilot Laurie Raath watching engine start at Swartkop 4 December 2010
Photograph: Malcolm Reid

 

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All engines running at Swartkop 4 December 2010
Photograph: Malcolm Reid

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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Take-off roll begins Swartkop 4 December 2010
Photograph: Lex Townsend
Chase plane pilot: Derek Hopkins

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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Take-off from Swartkop 4 December 2010
Photograph: Andre Vermeulen

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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Take-off from Swartkop 4 December 2010
Photograph: Andre Vermeulen

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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Take-off from Swartkop 4 December 2010
Photograph: Andre Vermeulen

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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Take-off from Swartkop 4 December 2010
Photograph: Andre Vermeulen

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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Gear up from Swartkop 4 December 2010
Photograph: Andre Vermeulen

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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Climbing out gracefully Swartkop 4 December 2010
Photograph: Malcolm Reid



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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Take-off from Swartkop 4 December 2010
Photograph: Leon Steyn

 


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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Take-off from Swartkop 4 December 2010
Photograph: Leon Steyn

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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
4 December 2010
Photograph: Lex Townsend
Chase plane pilot: Derek Hopkins


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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Runway inspection flypast
4 December 2010
Photograph: John Miller 
The Article Library 
john@thearticlelibrary.net



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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Landing 4 December 2010
Photograph: John Miller 
The Article Library john@thearticlelibrary.net


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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Landing 4 December 2010
Photograph: John Miller 
The Article Library john@thearticlelibrary.net


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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Landing 4 December 2010
Photograph: John Miller 
The Article Library john@thearticlelibrary.net




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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Landing 4 December 2010
Photograph: Lex Townsend
Chase plane pilot: Derek Hopkins

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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
At her new home 4 December 2010
Photograph: Leon Steyn

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ZS-MUL Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers Empress of Suva
Cockpit. Note armoured vehicles in the distance
4 December 2010
Photograph: John Miller The Article Library john@thearticlelibrary.net