On 2 July 2020, the new indoor attraction “The Flying Dutchman” in Madurodam opened its doors to the public. This unique ‘flight experience’ is in a life-size, fully restored Douglas DC-3, better known as Dakota. This type of aircraft is seen as a true ‘gamechanger’ in the history of aviation and is also the most built aircraft in aviation history.
The builders of Madurodam have been working for over a year and a half on the restoration and transformation of the Dakota. Holland Composites contributed to this by equipping the iconic aircraft with new propellers, made of robust and lightweight carbon pre-preg.
We love creative challenges and making the new propellers was one of them. There was only one original propeller blade and part of the engine housing left. Our carbon experts moulded this sheet with carbon fibre, creating a mould. This mould was used to make the new carbon propeller blades, entirely in the style of the original engine propellers.
The advantages of carbon over metal:
- Lightweight – reduction of the total weight of the attraction
- Corrosion-free – no rust formation = no unsightly and weakened areas
- Low maintenance – remains nice and tidy even after years of standing in all weathers, which in turn reduces maintenance costs.