The Beginnings of Norway’s Airlines, Part 1:1918-1922

Author: Rob J. M. Mulder


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Book Details


Rob J. M. Mulder


192 pages, 257 photographs, 12 colour profiles, 2 maps


215 x 302mm (A4), hardback




European Airlines Rob Mulder




Kr. 350, but now at a special price: Kr. 299 (+pp)

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About The Author

Rob J M Mulder

Rob J M Mulder

The aviation historian Rob J. M. Mulder (1958) has written and published numerous books about Norwegian and international aviation history. Four of his books ("Junkers for Scandinavia", "Fornebu Lufthavn - en lufthavn blir til", "The Beginnings of Norway's Airlines, Part 1: 1918-1922" and "Beauty of the Skies - The de Havilland DH91 Albatross") have been awarded "Best Norwegian Aviation Book of the Year", and he has also been awarded the title "Aviation Enthusiast 2013". He runs several websites and has written many articles for Norwegian and international aviation magazines.

On October 20, 2018, the book was awarded “Best Norwegian Aviation Book 2018” – A reason more to buy the book!
Aeroplane Monthly (Sept. 2018) gave the book 4 out of 5 stars and wrote:
                ‘ . . .  the image selection is truly excellent and very well reproduced, on good-quality paper and accompanied by some first-class colour profiles’.


Interesting book about the beginnings of Norway’s airlines. On 9 October 1910, the Swedish baron Carl Cederström made the first flight in Norway. Two years later the first Norwegian was in the air. The same year the first “airline”, Norsk Flyveselskap AS, was formed. During World War I, things started to happen. The first national airline, Det Norske Luftfartrederi, was formed in July 1918. Beside these two company several other companies started up. The formation of these airlines fitted perfectly in the optimistic economic post-war period in Norway. Aircraft (mainly from Germany) were imported by fishing companies and private persons, and special flights made. The Norwegian Post Office was keen to get air services started, but it would take until 1920, before the first air services were started. Both the military (Army and Navy) and the airline Det Norske Luftfartrederi operated routes as trial services.

This book also describes all airlines formed between 1912 and 1922 and with a special chapter about Det Norske Luftfartrederi AS (1918-1921). What were its plans, what flying boats and seaplanes did it use, and what was fate of the company? These early airlines imported German, British and American surplus aircraft, such as Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8, Handley Page O/400, Avro 504, Curtiss MF Seagull, Caudron G.3, Junkers-Larsen JL-6 (Junkers F 13), Fairley F.II/F.III, Farman F.40, Friedrichshafen FF 49C, Hansa Brandenburg W29 and W33, LVG V.3 Susanne, LVG B.III, C.V, C.VI and LVG P.I, Nielsen & Winther F.a, Phönix Brandenburg C.I, Brandenburg B.III, Phönix Mickl A 2.100, RAF BE.2e, Rumpler C.IV, Sablatnig N.I and P.III, Sopwith Baby, Supermarine Channel (naval and civil), Thulin B, Travemünde F4L, etc.

Have a look at parts of the book “The Beginnings of Norways Airlines, Part 1 – 1918-1922”(you will now open a PDF- file)

On October 20, 2018, the book was awarded “Best Norwegian Aviation Book 2018” during a ceremony at the Norwegian Defence Museum in Oslo.


Flyhistorie 49“Noe som spesielt imponerer meg, er kvaliteten og omfanget av bildematerialet som illustrer boken.”
Flynytt 1-2019: “Flyhistorie som danker ut påskekrimmen”
Aeroplane Monthly – September 2018 – Rated four out of five stars!
Flugzeug Classic – Nr. 9 – September 2018 – “Ein wirklich grossartiges Buch mit Vorbildcharakter!
Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2018 – “The author has taken what would appear to be an obscure aspect of aviation history, unearthed a masive amount of information and illustrations and put it all together into a very exhaustive and very interesting book“.
Air Britain – Aviation World – Autumn 2018 – “A comprehensive history of Norwegian commercial aviation from the beginnings …
Svenskt Flyghistoriskt Forum – 29 Sept 2018“Allt detta med en detaljrikedom som saknar motstycke i flyghistoriska publikationer.”
Luchtvaartkennis (The Netherlands) 3-2018 – by Harm J. Hazewinkel
Svensk Flyghistorisk Tidsskrift – 5-2018 – by Sven Stridsberg
Avion 226, November-December 2018 (French text)
Article about the award ceremony – Flynytt 6/2018 ved Lise Grønskar: “Best Norwegian Aviation Book 2018” (a pdf opens)