Since you’ve somehow landed on our Ancient Airlines Europe page, we have one thing in common: Passion for aviation!
But let’s first give you an idea about who we are:
Sharon Thiry and Huub van Iwaarden are from the Netherlands and are inseparable since 2011. We have many things in common and one of them is Aviation! Huub got his first flying experience in 2011 at Ancient Airlines United States in the PT-26. Since this experience, Huub knew that we wanted to be able to roar the skies himself. Sharon on the other hand, received her first flying experience in 2016 while flying above Gent, Belgium in a Grumman Cheetah. One thing was certain, we wanted to learn to fly!
“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return.” Leonardo da Vinci
For this reason, we packed our stuff and departed to the United States for 4 months during the summer period of 2017! Huub already had some flight training in 2014, when he stayed there for 3 weeks and gained around 16 hours of flight time. But now it was time to get it done. So we both got most of our flight lessons in the Aeronca L-3 Defender which is just the best to start learning to fly in! We even got the opportunity to fly the Aeronca L-3 Defender all the way to Oshkosh and land on the yellow dot which was rather challenging without having brakes..
All in all, we had an amazing time in the United States and we aim to introduce more people to the beauty of aviation which is the main reason why we’ve created this website. Enjoy our stories & picture perfect moments and feel free to connect with us!
Sharon Thiry & Huub van Iwaarden