No. 5318. Douglas DC-9-15 (PH-DNB c/n 45719) KLM Royal Dutch Airlines "City of Brussels"
Photographed at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1967, by Alfred Damen

Douglas DC-9-15

11/30/2011. Remarks by Bart van der Plas: "The Douglas Model DC-9 Series 10 was equipped with 14,000 lb (6,350 kg) s.t Pratt & Whitney JT8D turbofan engines giving it a maximum gross takeoff weight of 90,700 lbs (41,141 kg). The 18th DC-9 built, this was the second DC-9-15 for the Dutch airline KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij) of The Hague

First flown December 16, 1965, it was registered in the Netherlands on February 28, 1966 as PH-DNB, and delivered to KLM on April 3, 1966. The name of the Belgian capital city was carried on the port-side nose in Dutch (Brussel) with the city logo beneath it, while on the starboard-side nose only the name was shown in English (City of Brussels).

The photo shows the aircraft being towed to the gate at the recently opened Schiphol Airport 'Central' terminal, 2.5 mls (4.0 km) to the northwest of the 'old' facilities. The aircraft served with KLM for nearly seventeen years, apart from a brief lease to Cyprus Airways, from November 23 to 30, 1975.

The aircraft was delivered to British Midland Airways (BMA) at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, England on December 24, 1982. On February 1, 1983, the aircraft was stricken from the Dutch register and the same day registered in the UK as G-BMAG; it was named "The Nassak Diamond". It was withdrawn from use by BMA on March 22, 1995, and from April 1, it was leased to the Colombian airline Intercontinental Colombia (Intercontinental de Aviacion) of Bogotá.

It was deregistered on April 28, 1005 and sold to the Mexican airline TAESA (Transportes Aéreos Ejecutivos SA) and was registered XA-XST on May 5, 1995. It was withdrawn from use on November 24, 1999, at Licenciado Adolfo Lopez Mateos International Airport, Toluca, Mexico, became a derelict, and was scrapped in 2002/2003 with 66,479 hours on the airframe."

Created May 15, 2006