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John Bochkon – A true Norwegian hero

  [caption id="attachment_3630" align="aligncenter" width="229"] Photograph of John Bochkon. (via Hans Olav Løkken)[/caption] Sometimes you have to go through your papers and clean up and throw away some stuff. This time, I found a nice article by the hand of Hans Olav Løkken about an attempt to cross the North Atlantic, which ended with the death of Clyde Allan Lee and John Bochkon. The reason to mention this attempt is that the John was Norwegian and had a flying certificate issued by Orville Wright. He was born in Trondheim (Norway) on 8 March 1904. Due to sickness, he did not...

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The ultimate price deserves respect

[caption id="attachment_3596" align="aligncenter" width="583"] Photograph of a similar aircraft as mentioned in the article: Short Stirling. (via Wikipedia)[/caption] Although my website is about civil aviation, I do hope my followers allow me to point out this article: The Netherlands has a rich tradition in salvaging wrecks of Allied bombers and fighters from the Second World War. The below mentioned article came to my attention and touched me. I feel that we also in other countries should try to do our best to keep alive the memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrefice for our freedom. Possible salvage aircraft wreck with...

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The first air mail flight of Naval Ltn Sven Brun ended upside-down

[caption id="attachment_3585" align="aligncenter" width="792"] The Supermarine Channel of the Marinens Flyvåpen (Naval Royal Air Corps)seconds before it crashed! (Nasjonalbiblioteket)[/caption] On the first flight on 12 July 1920, Naval Ltn Sven Brun departed with Supermarine Channel I, F.38, from Horten and flew to Christiania. Here the mail was taken on board. Immediately after take-off from Christiania, the flying-boat crashed and was destroyed beyond repair. On board was the journalist Leif Sinding from the newspaper ‘Morgenbladet’ and he wrote a long article about the accident and how he experienced it. The accident was described as follows: ”When we boarded the ‘aeroplane’ the...

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Junkers Ju 52/3m – Success beyond the Luftwaffe

I have been interviewed by Christian Kamhaug for their Podcast called flypodden.no. The interview starts at the 40th minutt: Junkers Ju 52/3m - Success beyond the Luftwaffe [caption id="attachment_3151" align="alignleft" width="367"] This iconic thrre-engined aircraft deserved this book with a main focus on the non-Luftwaffe operators, both civil and military. But also the operation of the military type in Germany before 1935 has been described.[/caption]

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The day the first Lufthansa Junkers Ju 52/3m arrived in Norway

[caption id="attachment_3576" align="aligncenter" width="538"] The first Lufthansa Junkers Ju 52/3m to arrive in Oslo was D-ABIS "Kurt Wolff" with Joseph Kaspar as captain.[/caption] In 1934, just before the opening of the air service to Oslo, Lufthansa decided to introduce the Junkers Ju 52/3m officially to the Norwegian public. Flugkapitän Joseph Kaspar flew the company’s float-equipped Ju 52/3m, D-ABIS "Kurt Wolff" on Thursday, 26 April 1934, at 1745, for the first time to Oslo. He had departed from Travemünde for Copenhagen and continued 1245 to Gothenburg. Kaspar had his cabin filled with guests: Dr. Dierbach (DLH), Dr. Pinagel (chief of press at...

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Northrop 1C Delta, SE-ADI at Amsterdam-Schiphol

[caption id="attachment_3572" align="aligncenter" width="943"] The aircraft arrived in april 1934 at Amsterdam-Schiphol on its way to Paris-Le Bourget.[/caption] New photograph found of the Northrop 1C Delta of AB Aerotransport, taken while making a stop at Amsterdam-Schiphol on it way to Paris 1934: To demonstrate the possibility of nonstop flight with the Northrop Delta 1C, it was decided to make a record flight from Paris to Stockholm. As mentioned, on 19 April, the Northrop Delta 1C had been registered. The same evening the aircraft was flown to Stockholm (Barkarby), where it took off in the early morning of Friday, 20 April,...

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Imperial Airways and the most beautiful Speedbird of the sky!

By: Rob Mulder - fleet information via Malcolm Fillmore For: www.europeanairlines.no De Havilland Ltd. designer Arthur E. Hagg designed one of the most beautiful aerodynamically airplanes of the pre-war era. But, as with the German Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor, the Second World War limited the civil use of the aircraft. On 20 May 1937, the prototype of the D.H.91 Albatross, marked “E.2.”, took to the air with the personnel of the factory witnessing the event. Before the war, the delivered aircraft had a good flying record and were a treat to look at. Check this link as well: https://youtu.be/6Q_zNrj0GpM [caption...

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THE TRIAL AIR MAIL SERVICE CHRISTIANIA – KRISTIANSAND (1920)

(Photo: Marinemuseum, Horten) By: Odd Arnesen and Rob Mulder (1) For: www.europeanairlines.no In 1920, Norway was at the breach of a new era. The First World War and the first post-war years had given the country much prosperity, and at the beginning of 1920 it did not look to be different year. Det Norske Luftfartrederiet A/S had applied for a concession for different national and international air services and was to be awarded a concession for the trial service Bergen – Haugesund – Stavanger. This route was opened in August 1920. Meanwhile, the Marinens Flyvevåpen (Naval Air Services) and Hærens...

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Junkers Ju 52/3m in Norway (1935-1946)

By: Rob J. M. Mulder For www.europeanairlines.no   The general history of the Junkers Ju 52/3m is well-known. After the first flight of the aircraft in March 1932, it took three year before the first Ju 52/3m was delivered to Norway. The first customers in Scandinavia were Sweden and Finland. In April 1935, the Norwegian airline Det Norske Luftfartselskap, Fred. Olsen & Bergenske A/S (DNL) was awarded a State subsidy and concession for national and international air service for a period of ten years. The problem was that aircraft deliveries took some months, so the company was in danger not...

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Timeline of civil Aviation in Norway up to 1945

By: Rob Mulder Rob Mulder has compiled this timeline of civil aviation in Norway. We have tried to publish as many facts as possible. In the period prior to the Great War (better known as the First World War, 1914-1918) many of the aviation events that took place in Norway were organised by the military. These have been taken up in the timeline if they were significant for the development of Norwegian civil aviation. Timeline of civil Aviation in Norway up to 1945

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