Airliners

Royal Capital Tour with ‘Raceren’

In 1920, Tancred Ibsen started an airline called AS Aero. He purchased, among others, a Hansa Brandenburg W29, registered it as N.5 and was soon nick-named 'Raceren' - the racer. Ibsen had a good relationship with the newspapers in Norway. Of course, there was a win-win-situation, as he benefited from publicity in the newspaper about him and his seaplanes, and the newspaper had good stories to write about. The national newspaper Aftenposten came up with a good idea. In July, the newspaper asked Ibsen, if he was interested in making a bet: tour within 24 hours along the royal capitals...

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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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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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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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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 with an enclosed cabin accommodating ten passengers, and was to replace the small H-19 on Mediterranean routes of Air Union. Between 1929 and 1936 the project H-24 was revised several time and gives rise to a series of eight variants of remarkable seaplane. It was built in a total of...

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KLM and the Fokker F.II and F.III

By: Rob Mulder For: www.europeanairlines.no 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 1920 the first Fokker F.IIs. The fleet was within two years extended by the new Fokker F.IIIs. In this article we give a short introduction of both aircraft. This article is the second version. The first version has been taken down from the internet after just one day since the...

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Farman F.121 Jabiru in Danish service

By: Rob Mulder For: www.europeanairlines.no 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 more the three-engine version F-4X were not the best looking aircraft, but they were used on air services for some years. Four of them were even used in Denmark. This story is about speed, prestige and safety. The prototype Farman F-3X Jabiru The prototype, F-3X was a high-wing strut-braced monoplane...

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AB Aerotransport and the Junkers G 24

By: Rob Mulder For: www.europeanairlines.no One of the most important aircraft factories of the period before 1945 was the Junkers Flugzeugwerk AG – Jfa. It produced the first useable all-metal aircraft. The first all-metal fighters were already constructed during the Great War (1914-1918) and after the war Junkers continued to develop military and civil aircraft of all-metal construction. Famous is the three-engined series of civil aircraft: Junkers Ju 252, Junkers Ju 52/3m, Junkers G 31 and Junkers G 24. Latter aircraft has been widely used by the Swedish airline company AB Aerotransport (AB standing for Aktiebolag – Limited company). AB...

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STAR and the Nieuport-Delage 641

By: Rob Mulder and in co-operation with Robert Espérou and Régis Biaux For: www.europeanairlines.no A small airliner for a small airline company was the Nieuport-Delage 641, also known as Ni-D 641. This high-winged single-engine aircraft saw limited service in France and operated two international air services for the Société de Transports Aériens Rapide - STAR. Here is a short review of the use of the aircraft in France. The firm Société Anonyme des Établissements Nieuport But first a short review over the production of civil airliners constructed by the Société Anonyme des Établissements Nieuport. Edouard de Nieport, commonly known as...

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Junkers F 13 in Norway

By: Rob Mulder For: www.europeanairlines.no One of the most important airliners from the twenties and thirties of the previous century was the all-metal Junkers J 13. The aircraft has had several designations: Until July 1919                     Junkers J 13 (in line with previous models) July 1919 – June 1924      Junkers J 13 Type F (Freya) Since July 1924                    Junkers F 13 The suffixes were not introduced until June 1927. The type is, however, generally known as the Junkers F 13 and this is how we will call it as well. The type saw only limited service in Norway. It successor the Junkers...

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