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Henry Tenby has been documenting the commercial airline scene for airline publications worldwide since the mid 1980s.

Aeroflot TU-104 visit to Vancouver Airshow Sunday June 15, 1958

On Sunday June 15, 1958, Aeroflot TU-104 jetliner CCCP-175445  at the Vancouver airport airshow on Sunday, June 25, 1958. It was here that Boeing's 707 Test Pilot Tex Johnson told the TU-104 what he thought about the aircraft after having had a flight on it that day: "I have a message for the captain. Please tell him that in my twenty-one thousand hours of piloting time, the TU-104 is the sorriest damn airplane I have ever had the misfortune of flying in."

An airshow was held on Sunday June 15, 1958 at Vancouver’s Sea Island Airport as part of the Province’s 100th anniversary celebrations. The race for leadership in the passenger jetliner market was heating up in the late 1950s with numerous aircraft builders bringing brand new jet powered airliners to the forefront. The cold war realities […]

The Great Convair 580 Fleet – North Central Airlines, Republic, Northwest Airlines

Republic Convair 580 N4801C DTW SEP 1980

The Great Convair 580 Fleet – North Central Airlines, Republic, Northwest Airlines – A Photo History Photos from the Collection of Henry Tenby Write up by Henry Tenby The Convair-Liner was a twin-engined, pressurized airliner built for the 40-50 passenger short haul feeder market of the post World War 2 era by San Diego based […]

AIRCRAFT MODEL COLLECTION – Aviodrome Museum Netherlands

KLM Vickers Viscount 800 in 1/50 scale as part of the Amsterdam Schiphol airport re creation at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. This model was likely made by Matthias Verkuyl, circa 1960.

By Henry Tenby (Copyright 2020) – see below for photos. Along with my good friend Niels Dam, I recently had the opportunity to visit the fantastic Aviodrome aviation museum in Lelystad in the Netherlands. Given the Netherlands rich aviation history spanning back over 100 years with both KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and the famous Dutch […]

Bob Dros Dutch Master Aircraft Model Maker: – Interviewed by Henry Tenby

Bob Dros Dutch Master Aircraft Model Maker: - Interviewed by Henry Tenby

SEE BELOW FOR MORE VIDEOS IN THIS SERIES: By Henry Tenby, copyright 2020 As a collector of professional aircraft display models for more than thirty years, I have been an admirer of the fabulously accurate and beautiful aircraft models made by Amsterdam based Bob Dros of Bel-Air Models for a very long time. His models […]

Amsterdam Aviation Collectors Fair 2020 Was An Amazing Success – Fantastic for Models!

Amsterdam Aviation Collectors Fair 2020 Was An Amazing Success - Fantastic for Models!

SEE PHOTOS BELOW – The Amsterdam Aviation Collector’s Fair was held at the Van Der Valk A4 Schiphol hotel on Sunday, February 23, 2020, and it was an amazing success! The Dutch have easily surpassed the American’s in offering what is now easily the world’s largest aviation and airline collectibles show. Most of the table […]

Papeete – A Spotter’s Paradise

Magnificent view of the international terminal at Tahiti’s Faaa airport.

Report by Henry Tenby (December 2016) Although not the largest airfield in French Polynesia, the idillic South Pacific French protectorate’s busiest international airport is situated on the Island of Tahiti, in the town of Faa, a few kilometers from central Papeete. The destination is certainly well off the beaten track, but the location’s laid back […]