From Schiphol to the World

Snapshot

As KLM Royal Dutch Airlines marks its 100th birthday, Ron Mak delves into the archive and uncovers a fascinating selection of historical images from the carrier’s Amsterdam hub and further afield.

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A rare image of an KLM Fokker F.VII at Groningen Airport in 1923. In total, six of the aircraft were ordered by the carrier. All images via Ron Mak

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An enchanting scene as PH-ARG, a Douglas DC-2, pulls onto the apron at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in 1937. The former air traffic control tower is clearly visible in the background.

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Visitors enjoy a tour of the airfield at Schiphol in 1952. A Lockheed L-749 Constellation, registered PH-TDO, is among the highlights for the enthusiasts as they pass a KLM maintenance area.

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KLM soon developed a reputation for stretching its wings far and wide. This Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation, PH-LKL, is spotted at Keflavík in Iceland in 1959, having been delivered to the carrier the previous April.

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