KLM to Indonesia

From the late 1920’s onwards KLM was running one of the longest air routes in the world. Twice a week KLM planes left Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for the five day journey to Batavia (Jakarta), a distance of 11.350 km!
KLM started this service in 1927, operating various types of the venerable Fokker Tri-Motor. But after the spectacular success of a standard KLM Douglas DC2 in the 1934 Melbourne race they were quickly replaced by Douglas products. First (1934 -1936) by Douglas DC2’s and from 1937 onwards with Douglas DC3’s.

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This KLM ad from the mid 1930’s gives an ‘Artists Impression’  of what he thought the interior of a Douglas DC2 would look like.

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About Kingsleyr

Thank you for visiting my blog! The posts you find here are a direct result of my research into aviation and military history. I use the information I gather as a foundation and background for my books. You may call the genre historical fiction, a story woven into a background of solid and verifiable historical facts. However, the period and region I have chosen to write about (late 1930's - 1950's in South-East Asia) are jam-packed with interesting information and anecdotes. If I'd used them all I would swamp the stories. So this blog is the next best thing. It is an "overflow area" in which I can publish whatever I think will interest you. And from the reactions I get, I deduce I am on the right track. A lot will be about aviation in the former Dutch East Indies. This, because my series of books ("The Java Gold") follows a young Dutch pilot in his struggle to survive the Pacific War and its aftermath. But there's more in the world and you'll find descriptions of cities, naval operations and what not published on this blog. Something about myself; I am a Dutch-Canadian author, living in, and working out of the magical city of Amsterdam. My lifelong interest in history and aviation, especially WW2, has led me to write articles and books on these subjects. I hope you'll enjoy them!
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