Category Archives: Aircraft

Various typoes of aircraft described in the blog and my books

Christmas 1934 – First KLM Transatlantic Flight

The swan-song of Fokker airliners with KLM The ‘Pelikaan’s very successful mail flight to the Dutch East Indies triggered the idea of enlarging the airmail network to the Dutch dominions in the West-Indies and South-America. The idea of a special … Continue reading

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The 1933 Christmas Mail Flight to Java (and back)

A marketing stunt saved by a standard KLM airliner… It all started with a contract Albert Plesman, KLM’s ambitious managing director, had negotiated with the Dutch PTT as soon as the first scheduled service to the Dutch East Indies was … Continue reading

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The Other Side: The Nakajima A6M2-N

The Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero’s Bastard Brother Why would a hard-nosed organization (as the Japanese Navy certainly was) bother with ordering an airplane which performance was reduced to about 20% of its land and carrier-based version? This question seems baffling enough … Continue reading

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Combat over the Mediterranean

A birds-eye view, at masthead level Many books and stories have been published about the fight in the North-African desert, the defense of Malta and the ultimate turning point of Alamein. Few books, however, have been dedicated to the hard … Continue reading

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Lt. Sam Marett & the Seversky P-35

An unsung hero and a forgotten plane. On December 10, 1941, the US Far East Air Force in the Philippines was still reeling from the disastrous Japanese attacks on Dec. 8 and 9. Two thirds of its heavy bombers had … Continue reading

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70 Years ago – The Berlin Airlift

Almost 70 years ago, relations between the four powers that had defeated the Germans rapidly deteriorated. Disregarding the agreements reached during the 1945 Potsdam conference, Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Union’s dictatorial leader, had decided that the Russian army had beaten … Continue reading

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USAAF Douglas A-24’s in Java – Part Three

The 91st Bomb Squadron in Action February 19th sealed the fate of the Allied campaign in the Dutch East Indies. On this day, the Japanese simultaneously attacked Darwin in Australia, Kupang in Timor and Den Pasar in Bali. By landing … Continue reading

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