Last week I was invited by KLM Engines Services to do a photoshoot of the LEGO Turbo Fan Engine.
It was a turbo fan-tastic day.
This was the “biggest” engine KLM ever had for testing. Comparable with the GE9X which propels the Boeing 777,787 and the Airbus A380.
I really have to thank KLM for their enthusiasm and help on sharing the project. And having the opportunity to photograph the LEGO engine next to his big brother. It really shows the similarity.
They even hung up a real Boeing 747 engine for this occasion. Not only the engine was tested. I was tested by the mechanics on my knowledge of aircraft engines. Which was fun and I passed the test😊.
We also got a very informative tour through the maintenance and overhaul facility. Very impressive and informative. Our guide had a real good feel about my background knowledge and knew exactly what to tell and not to tell.
I also gave a presentation about my former work as a 3D graphics designer of airports, LEGO ideas and of course the LEGO Aircraft Engine Project. I told them I was wowed by the size and specs of the real engines. The mechanics and engineers were amazed by the scale, detail and functionality of the LEGO engine. After the show, they came up with teaching and marketing opportunities. KLM believes in the project! I also did a disassembly and (re)assembly of the LEGO engine like they do themselves with the real ones.
One of the coolest days of my life. It was great to see the believe and enthusiasm of the KLM staff.
By Stephan Niks
Photography by Erik Rijper