Flying T-Rex Lands in Leiden, Netherlands

KLM Cargo flew the skeleton of a 66 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex from Chicago to Amsterdam. The logistics company Jan de Rijk (Schiphol Airport) took over responsibility for the extraordinary consignment, trucking it to a museum in the Netherlands last Friday.

Jan de Rijk brought “Trix“ safely from Schiphol to Leiden  -  company courtesy
Jan de Rijk brought “Trix“ safely from Schiphol to Leiden - company courtesy

It was carrier KLM that had asked Jan de Rijk Logistics to move the dinosaur from Schiphol airport to the city of Leiden, 25 kilometers away. "We do not get this kind of request every day. We are very proud to be part of this great event," exclaimed Tim Roos, Manager Aerospace & Special Projects of Jan de Rijk Logistics.
The topic has an interesting background. In 2013, while searching for fossils, excavators of the Naturalis Museum in Leiden discovered a nearly fully intact Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton in the United States. The now famous finding, affectionately called "Trix," is one of the three most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons in the world.


“Trix’s” maiden flight
Through crowd funding, Naturalis succeeded in bringing the dinosaur remains to the Netherlands. This is quite a novelty, mainly because “Trix” is the only T-Rex skeleton that has been displayed outside the U.S. thus far.
Last Tuesday (23 August) KLM Cargo flew the skeleton from Chicago to the Netherlands. After being loaded on board the Jan de Rijk vehicles, police escorted this special convoy from Schiphol to Leiden where a large crowd enthusiastically welcomed the arrival of “Trix”.

A very special mission
Jan de Rijk’s Tim Roos commented: "We are proud to be part of this literally historic event. In our daily work, we provide advanced logistics solutions for clients from around the world. We are honored that we specifically have been asked by KLM to carry out this very special transport.''
Jan de Rijk Logistics, located in the Netherlands, is a leading European transport and logistics service provider, operating with a large, modern and diverse fleet of 1,000 vehicles throughout Europe.
The impressive skeleton of “Trix” can be visited at Naturalis in Leiden from September 10, 2016 to June 2017.

Heiner Siegmund  /  Michael Taweel

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