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The Master of Sempill in Norway

By:         Rob Mulder From: and During the twenties and thirties of the last century it happened regularly that foreign pilots came in their aircraft to Norway for a visit. Many of these visits are until recently been unknown to most of us, but as more archives[…]

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1912: Lieutenant Olle Dahlbeck flying in Kristiania (Oslo)

By:      Rob Mulder For: In 1912 the Swedish aviator Olle Dahlbeck came to Kristiania (now Oslo) to fly with his monoplane the Sommer F and his biplane the Bristol Boxkite for an enthusiastic Norwegian audience. He made several flights, among them the first flight in Norway with a female[…]

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Breakfast in Oslo, lunch in Bergen, dinner in Oslo!

1935-2010: 75-year jubileeBy: Rob Mulder For: and In June 2010, it was 75 years since the first flight between Oslo and Bergen was inaugurated by the newly formed airline Det Norske Luftfartselskap, Fred. Olsen & Bergenske AS – DNL. A look back at the organization and the first[…]

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Lioré et Olivier H-24 with Air France

By: Gérard Hartmann Translation: Rob Mulder The seaplane LeO H-24 is the culmination of a brilliant series of studies undertaken at Lioré et Olivier first at Levallois and then Argenteuil by Marcel Riffard, Edmond Benoit, Paul Asancheeff, Jean Poitou, Stephi Konovaitchoukoff and Sébastienne Guyot. These studies lead to an ultramodern monoplane[…]

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Norway Air Express

By: Rob Mulder For: A long wait In August 1919 the Dutch lieutenant Albert Plesman (founder of Royal Dutch KLM) met with the management of the Norwegian airline company Det Norske Luftfartrederi A/S – DNL and they discussed the possibility to establish an air service between the Netherlands and[…]

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Mr Batts flies in Norway

By: Rob Mulder For: Behind this curious title lies the history of the American aviator Carl Truman Batts, who on behalf of the American Curtiss Company arrived in April 1919 in Bergen, Norway to fly one of the products of the Curtiss Company, the Curtiss MF Seagull, the post-war[…]

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Latvijas Gaisa Satiksmes Akciju Sabiedríba (1922-1928)

By: Rob Mulder For: After the struggle for independence ended in 1920, Latvia started as so many other European countries after the Great War, to rebuild its country. It supported in the beginning mainly on co-operation with Germany as Latvia saw Germany as a liberator of the country from[…]

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KLM and the Fokker F.II and F.III

By: Rob Mulder For: The Fokker F.II was the first of a long range of aircraft that KLM purchased from the Nederlandsche Vliegtuigfabriek NV (Fokker) before the Second World War. KLM had opened its first air service on May 17, 1920 with leased British aircraft, but ordered in July[…]

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Farman F.121 Jabiru in Danish service

By: Rob Mulder For: John Stroud wrote in his book “European Transport Aircraft since 1910” that the Farman F.121 Jabiru (Stork) was “…one of the ugliest transport aeroplanes ever built”. He probably wrote this with a smile on his face. But in a way the F-3X and perhaps even[…]

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