First Return Flight Amsterdam – Java

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!


Departure for Java on June 15, 1927

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


Read more about this history making flight on ‘Background Information 1927 – First Return Flight Amsterdam – Java


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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