Amsterdam is in 1959 the witness of the birth of Hans Nordsiek, Already in his early youth he has an interest in technology. Logically, he decides to study aviation engineering in the city of Haarlem, The Netherlands. He worked in the sailplane industry, at Martinair Holland Airlines and some years with the Fokker Aircraft Factory at Schiphol Airport. In 1986 he takes the step towards professional flying. Via General Aviation activities, he ends up in America where he follows additional flight training and where he works as a freelance flight instructor. After returning to the Netherlands, he finds employment as a pilot with a commuter company, Netherlines. In 1989 he makes the step to KLM Airlines. His career carries him via piloting the Fokker F27 Friendship, the Boeing 747-300, the Boeing 737-300/900 to his present job; captain Boeing 777.
Hans Nordsiek managed an official shop for sailplane maintenance for 16 years.
In 1990 he is able to fulfil a boy’s dream. With two friends he purchases a Boeing N2S-3 Stearman. Two wings, open cockpits and a radial engine; it is the basic principle of a “real” plane. This airplane teaches him the tricks of handling vintage aircraft. Soon he starts flying planes at air shows. His logbook shows amongst others, the North American T6 Harvard, the P51D Mustang, the Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina and almost all versions of the Fokker F27. The very last flight of the, at that time still flyable, F27 registration PH-NVF from Twente Airforce Base to Eindhoven Aiport was carried out by him in 1996.
Ownership of the Boeing N2S-3 Stearman “Old Crow” changed several times. Now, Hans Nordsiek is the proud owner of this inspiring biplane and he uses her for the activities of The Storyteller.