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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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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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