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THE MOST NORTHERLY AERIAL SERVICE OF THE WORLD: PORJUS – SUORVA (1920-1923)

Far away in the extreme North of Europe and on the fringe of civilization a regular air service has been maintained for some years. The air route, right up within the Arctic Circle is probably quite unknown to the majority of people. The text here comes from a small leaflet published in 1923 at the occasion of the International Aero Exhibition in Gothenburg. It has been adapted and photographs have been added by Rob Mulder. By: Royal Swedish Aero Club, Gothenburg and Rob Mulder Printed: First printed in 1923 at the occasion of the International Aero Exhibition Gothenburg Edited and text...

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1934: A MUCH WANTED AIR ROUTE OPENED

By: Rob Mulder For: European Airlines On 18 June 1934, the Norwegian airline Widerøe’s Flyveselskap A/S (Widerøe’s Air Line Co. Ltd.) started up the air service Oslo – Kristiansand – Stavanger – Haugesund. It was the first passenger, freight and mail service in Norway since the airline Det Norske Luftfartederi A/S flew the coastal route Bergen – Haugesund – Stavanger back in 1920. The 1934-results on the WIF air service were promising. On 19 February 1934, Viggo and Arild Widerøe and engineer Einar Isdahl formed the Widerøe’s Flyveselskap A/S (WIF). The capital was just 25,000 Norwegian Kroner. During 1934, Helge...

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History of the Società Anonima di Navigazione Aerea – SANA (1925-1934)

By:       Rob Mulder For:      www.europeanairlines.no With the flying boats Type Gs I and Type Gs II Claude Dornier showed the world that he was able to develop and construct a flying boat capable to cope severe circumstances in open sea. But the prohibition of the Entente implemented through the Treaty of Versailles of January 1920 made it impossible to construct the Gs I, neither Gs II nor its successors in Germany. As other German manufacturers Claude Dornier had to leave Germany and find suitable working conditions elsewhere. An Italian officer of the Inter-Allied Aeronautical Commission of Control - IAACC had...

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FLYING WITH MY PHOTOS – A Selection Of Photographs From The Period 1918-1940

Well, it is about time to announce a very special book. On February 3, 2012 the company European Airlines Rob Mulder celebrated its fifth birthday! A jubilee. For this occasion we published a small book with the catching title: "Flying With My Photos - A Selection Of Photographs From The Period 1918-1940". This is a book with only photographs of European airliners from the period 1918 to 1940. 76 pages with 63 beautiful photographs. To mention some: Caproni Ca.48, Breguet 14T2, Vickers Vimy Commercial, Fokker F.III, Junkers F 13, Farman F.190, Laté 28, De Havilland D.H.34, Handley Page W.8b, Dornier...

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SKYWRITING – MR. BRAMSON ABOVE CHRISTIANIA (OSLO)

By:         Rob J.M. Mulder For:        www.europeanairlines.no In 1923 the Internationella Luftfartsutställningen i Göteborg (ILUG), the International Aero Exhibition in Gothenburg, was a great success. It was the first big international event after the ELTA - The First Aviation Exhibition Amsterdam, held in 1919. One of the events was the skywriting (1) of Mr. Bramson in the sky above the Swedish harbor city. After the visit to Gothenburg, he travelled to Copenhagen, Malmö and Christiania (since 1925 known as Oslo) for more demonstrations of skywriting. Here is the story of his visit to Christiania. Read more about the ELTA  -“Is it...

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ELTA – The First Aviation Exhibition Amsterdam, 1919

For:    www.europeanairlines.no By:      Rob J M Mulder The Eerste Luchtverkeer Tentoonstelling Amsterdam – E.L.T.A. (the First Aviation Exhibition Amsterdam) is a clear comprehension. Every aviation enthusiast (and not only in the Netherlands) has read, heard or seen something about this exhibition. However, a detailed account has never been published. In my opinion it is one of the most important events in Dutch aviation history and equal to the first flights to the Netherlands East-Indies. Abroad the ELTA was seen with great respect and the French wrote that they had not seen such an impressive exhibition since the aviation meeting in...

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THE ITALIAN AIRCRAFT ON THE ELTA OF 1919

Rob J M Mulder Between the 1 August and 14 September 1919 the Eerste Luchtverkeer Tentoonstelling Amsterdam – ELTA (First Aviation Exhibition Amsterdam) was held. It was hailed as a great success: more than 100 aircraft participated and more than 500,000 spectators (some sources take about as many as 1,000,000) passed the gates. The French Captain Hirschauer wrote about the exhibition ’…since the air exhibition of Reims of 1909…never has an air show been as impressive as the ELTA’. After 90 years it is time to reflect and have a look at the Italian participation. Once the guns of the...

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THE BRITISH AIRCRAFT ON THE ELTA OF 1919

Rob J M Mulder Between the 1 August and 14 September 1919 the Eerste Luchtverkeer Tentoonstelling Amsterdam – ELTA (First Aviation Exhibition Amsterdam) was held. It was hailed as a great success: more than 100 aircraft participated and more than 500,000 spectators (some sources take about as many as 1,000,000) passed the gates. The French Captain Hirschauer wrote about the exhibition ’…since the air exhibition of Reims of 1909…never has an air show been as impressive as the ELTA’. After 90 years it is time to reflect and have a look at the British participation. Once the guns of the...

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Junkers Aircraft Designation – An Aviation Historian’s “Minefield”

By:         Lennart Andersson For:        www.artiklar.z-bok.se and www.europeanairlines.no   The Junkers F 13 was first called the Junkers Type F, although at the factory it was known as the J 13. Today, the original Junkers archive is available to researchers. Of course original research costs time, money and effort, but in my view the publication of articles that continue to distort the already maltreated history of Junkers and other German interwar aircraft in general is no longer justifiable. Previous mistakes, inventions and imperfections need not be reiterated, because if that happens the inaccuracies will inevitably be taken up again...

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The Master of Sempill in Norway

By:         Rob Mulder From:    www.europeanairlines.no and www.hangar.no 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 are visited more details emerge. This story started when I found a picture in the papers of the Norwegian Captain Johan Høver. The picture showed a British registered aircraft on floats with a text on the back: "Puss Moth - Capt Master of Semphill – who arrived this morning". Captain...

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