The first two shots give an impression of what travel was like in the thirties. At the time KLM operated a scheduled service to Batavia, currently known as Jakarta, Indonesia. There was an intermediate stop in Palembang on the southern part of Sumatra. Looking at the first picture the airstrip was located right in the middle of the jungle. Based on the fact that the aircraft does not show a name below the cockpit, I presume this is a DC2 and not a DC3. If that is correct, the picture can be dated around 1935.
|Palembang airport around 1935 with the "terminal" in the background.|
|Captain Scholte entertaining his passengers?|
|A hangar at the airport of Sydney. It probably doesn't exist anymore.|
|Dakota DC3 PH-ASM. It was a KLM-plane between July 1939 and May 16, 1940|
when it was confiscated by the Luftwaffe. The German Airforce employed this
aircraft at least until September 1944. Its final destiny is unknown.
|Douglas DC4 PH-TAP. As its name 'Paramaribo' does not appear where |
it should be (on the nose), this shot is probably taken prior to its baptism on
June 21, 1946 but after May 31 that year when it was registered in KLM's name.
|Douglas DC7C, PH-DSL 'Baltic Sea'. The picture is said to show|
174 barrels of 200 liters each totalling 34,000 liters.
Picture made between 8 Apr.1957 and Oct. 13, 1964.