Jan(ek) – it’s me!
Jan’s Cockpit
V1…..VR, rotate…..positive climb…..gear up. – Here we goooooo!


Hello I am Jan(ek) and I run this website featuring colour profile illustrations. I have been interested in commercial aviation since my childhood and my first flight was with a 330-seated Lockheed L-1011-1 TriStar of LTU International Airways from Düsseldorf (DUS) to Las Palmas (LPA). The return flight took place 10 days later with an Aerospatiale SE-210 Caravelle 10R equipped with 89 passenger seats and took 5:20h (!) due to very strong headwinds. That’s when the aircraft reached its limits. The aircraft types on the outbound and return flights could not have been more different. From that moment on, I was fascinated.

What is your favourite wide-body aircraft?

My answer is definitely the DC-10-30, although my first flight was in Lockheed’s competitor, the L-1011-1 TriStar. Condor initially operated the DC-10-30 unpainted. They wanted to save weight with the gloss-polished fuselage, which in turn should reduce costs. I flew the DC-10-30 five times in my life. The first flight was from Palma de Mallorca (PMI) to Duessledorf (DUS). Years later, I flew the route in the other direction again with a Condor DC-10-30. At the end of the 90s, I had the pleasure of flying twice with a Varig DC-10-30 within Brazil from Brasilia (BSB) to Manaus (MAO) and back. The original interior from the 70s had a special charming. Finally I flew with a Condor DC-10-30 from Fuerteventura (FUE), Canary Islands to Düsseldorf (DUS).

McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 – MSN 48252 – D-ADSO

Delivered to Condor new 01/1981 polished, leased to Lufthansa (02/88-04/89), sold to Omni Air Int., stored at Tulsa, broken up 01/12.

Super 80, MD-80, Mad Dog, I really like 🙂

The McDonnell Douglas DC-9 Super 80 is a stretched version of the Douglas DC-9 Series (-10/-20/-30/-40/-50). It made its maiden flight in 1979 and was put into service by Swissair in 1980. It was officially renamed into MD-80 in 1983. The nickname “Mad Dog” comes not only from the initials MD, but also from the fact that the aircraft makes a loud noisy sound on take-off. In addition, the MD-80 also requires the full attention of the pilots during take-off and landing, as the aircraft is not fully automated, and the small, efficient wings contribute to the fact that the aircraft reacts somewhat more sensitively than comparable models from other manufacturers in order to enter certain flight conditions. At the end of production in 1999, McDonnell Douglas has delivered 1,191 MD-80s. The MD-80 was very popular with many airlines in Europe.
I flew the MD-80 3 times with Aero Lloyd (MD-83) DUS-PMI-DUS, DUS-FUE and 2 times with SAS (MD-82) DUS-CPH-DUS.

McDonnell Douglas MD-83 – MSN 49402/1261 – D-ALLD

McDonnell Douglas MD-83 – MSN 49602/1435 – D-ALLF

To be continued.

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