The village show is back in town again! 🙂 The Septemberly Lučko airshow has returned again this year, though – as is apparently the norm – in a weaker and bleaker showing than former years. Despite visitor attendance being significantly higher than last year (guesstimate using the Mk. I eyeball), the aircraft lineup had left a lot to be desired. The mix of resident Cessnas and Pipers – with the occasional gems like the Seawind 3000 and Cessna 177RG mentioned here earlier – wasn’t overly exciting, but one visitor from neighboring Slovenia saved the day for me. Yesterday, I saw my first Dornier Do-27! 🙂
The Do-27 was the first German civil aircraft to be produced after WW2, with the design first flying in 1955. Nowadays, they are very, very rare and airworthy examples number in the low dozens. Designed as a pure STOL hauler – it’s written all over the thing – the Do-27 immediately leaves a firm impression of quality, solidity and purposefulness. Renowned for being able to get in anywhere anytime, in modern times they’re mostly used for skydive flights, having been replaced in their bush and military roles by more modern aircraft such as the Cessna 206 and 208 and the PC-6 (itself, ironically, starting life in a similar piston form as the Do-27).
Our example here, D-EFSC, is an early A-4 model, manufactured in 1961 – though after a detailed inspection in and out, I was ready to believe it could have been made in 2001. The thing is beautifully maintained and works and sounds like a true Made in Germany product. Though wearing a German registration, the aircraft is permanently based at Cerklje airbase, a stone’s throw from Zagreb across the border (must visit there sometimes). Running the reg through the Airliners.net database, the last photos show it at a German airfield (forgot which) way back in 2002, so clearly some catching up was in order :).