Flying to Java in the early 1930’s

When KLM was committed to a scheduled Dutch East Indies service they really meant business.  Fokker was pressed to deliver a tri motor version of the F-VII and KLM started flying the service. To impress the public they held open days and one of the items they showed was the amount of fuel consumed by a single F-VIIa/3m all the way to Java


“Open Day” at Amsterdam Schiphol airport in the early 1930’s . Drums are piled up to show how much fuel is used to get the plane to Java

One of Plesman’s other smart moves was to enter into a business partnership with Shell. It became a long lasting relationship as this advert shows, depicting a KLM DC-2.


The text says ‘ Amsterdam – Batavia, 14.500 km, solely on Aeroshell Heavy’



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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