Société Anonyme Belge d’Exploitation de la Navigation Aériennes – SABENA

Fleet of Société Anonyme Belge d'Exploitation de la Navigation Aériennes - SABENA (1923-1945) By: Rob Mulder For: Abbreviations: b/u = Broken up Canx = cancelled from the register c/n = Constructor’s Number dbr = Destroyed between repair f.u. = Fate unknown In = Date aircraft was taken in use / or registered Regn = Registration Fleet list of Société Anonyme Belge d'Exploitation de la Navigation Aériennes – SABENA (1923-1945) Type Regn. Regn. c/n In Fate   1923-29 1929-1945 Rumpler C IV O-BREF 7960/18* 23.5.23 23.7.29 canx Airco DH.9 O-BEAU 23.5.23 5.10.25 crashed Airco DH.9C O-BELG 23.5.23 Sold to SABCA...

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Iberia and the Rohrbach Ro VIII Roland I

By: Rob Mulder For The foundation of Iberia Foreign airline companies operated the first air routes in Spain. Two French airline companies started services between France and Spain. Latécoère opened a through service along the Mediterranean coast to Northern Africa, while Société des Transports Aéronautiques du Sud-Ouest – STASO and its successor Compagnie Franco-Bilbaïne de Transports Aéronautiques – CFB operated a service from Bayonne to Bilbao and later to Santander in the north-western parts of Spain. In Spain only one air service was operated. On October 15, 1921 the Compañia Española de Tráfico Aéreo – CETA opened an airmail...

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Oliver Andre Rosto: The first Norwegian to fly (?)

By: Rob Mulder For: In 1912 Christian Lie was the first civilian to take off from Norwegian soil and to make a flight with his Grade monoplane. For generations this has been seen as the first flight of a Norwegian civilian from Norwegian soil. But thanks to the historian Hans Olav Løkken in Norway we have to rewrite Norwegian aviation history… or not? It was a great pleasure to read in the leading Norwegian aviation magazine Flynytt of February 2005 an article that could change the course of aviation history in Norway. Hans Olav Løkken wrote an interesting article...

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