And also the first Intercontinental Charter flight!
Normally, the sedate British publication “Flight” was sparing in its praise, especially if the subjects were non-British and were not using British equipment. However, this time nobody could deny the fact that aviation history had been written by an eccentric American millionaire, a Dutch crew and a Dutch airplane!
So ‘Flight’ magazine was positively fulsome in its praise!
Between June 15 and July 23, 1927 a Dutch crew consisting of pilots Geyssendorffer and Scholte and mechanic Weber flew Gary Van Lear Black in a chartered Fokker F-VIIa all the way to Java (Batavia) and back.
It was flight of many ‘firsts’
- First return flight to the Dutch East Indies
- First Intercontinental Charter flight
- First paying-passenger arrival at Singapore airfield