Villavicencio Vanguardia Airport
The last stronghold of commercial Douglas DC-3's
By Jan Koppen
Photo's by Michael Prophet
When working at Amsterdam-Schiphol airport, one is always surrounded by modern jets. Once in a while, the need to fly the Piston Prop airliners must be fulfilled! Nowadays, the choice is limited. Fortunately, Colombia is still a land with a good number of operational Douglas DC-3's. So, my good friend Michael S. Prophet and I decided to visit Villavicencio last April 2015.
Being a far better photographer than I, Micheal has made the bulk of the photo's in this article, while I did the 'talking' with the authorities.
La Vanguardia Airport, is an airport located in Villavicencio, Colombia. It serves regular passenger, charter and cargo airlines, as well as private sectors. Villavicencio is a city in the foothills of the Andean Cordillera and the starting off point for several propliner operators. Their destination is any one of the number of native Indian villages scattered throughout the jungle, cut off from civilisation. Their aircraft are DC3's - the stuff of legends. It was a privilege to see so many operational DC-3’s at one place.
Villavicencio Vanguardia airport an her memorials. There are a lot of aviation memorials at Villavicencio Vanguardia airport. In front of the terminal we found the complete wall.