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Title Blue skies, orange wings : the global reach of Dutch aviation in war and peace, 1914-1945 / Ryan K. Noppen.
Date of Publication 2016
Object Name Book
Author Noppen, Ryan K.
Author added entry
Summary A color photograph of OHTM's 1923 Fokker C.IVa is the featured illustration on page 75. Book includes bibliographical references (pages 330-333) and indexes.

Chapters:
The First World War
The postwar ascent
The Dutch immigrate to America
Fokker makes the world a little smaller
East Indiamen of the air
Trying to fly above the storm
Lightning strike in May
A rising sun in orange skies.

Pages 257-258 of OHTM's copy have been misbound and are folded in a way that makes them dificult to read.

Author's statement:
"The best fighter aircraft of World War I; the world’s first mass-produced standard airliner; the first non-stop flight across the United States; the first flight to the North Pole; the first flight across the Pacific Ocean; the world’s longest flight; the longest airline route in the world; the first major defeat suffered by the German Luftwaffe; Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Billy Mitchell; the Red Baron and Hermann Göring; Franklin D. Roosevelt, Henry Ford, Karl Spaatz, and Ira Eaker; Leslie Howard, Anthony Fokker, and many other flying Dutchmen. . . . these are just some of the episodes and cast that make up the story of Dutch aviation in the first half of the twentieth century.

Blue Skies, Orange WingsAnyone familiar with the history of the Netherlands knows of the Gouden Eeuw, or Golden Age, of the seventeenth century; this was the age of Rembrandt and Vermeer but also the period that saw the Netherlands create a worldwide empire, dominate seaborne trade, and hold its own against the military superpowers of Spain, England, and France. In the interwar years of the twentieth century, KLM created a successful airline whose routes spanned the globe and reached all corners of the Dutch Empire. KLM was a model airline that successfully sought the proper balance between sound financial management — taking full advantage of the latest technical innovations — and superior service to its patrons. As a result, by 1939 it was the second-largest airline in Europe (surpassed only by Deutsche Lufthansa), beating out the major airlines of France and Great Britain.

The Dutch domestic aero industry was also innovative and very successful during this period, selling aircraft throughout the world. Much of this success is attributed to the Dutch aircraft designer Anthony Fokker and his military and civilian designs. The name Fokker exploded onto the world scene during World War I when his fighter aircraft, built for the German air force, decimated its Allied opponents throughout the conflict. After the war Fokker’s civil airliners became the standard airliners of many nations and airlines in the 1920s. The fact that more Fokker-built airliners were flying in the United States in the late 1920s than those of any American aero manufacturer attests to Fokker’s prominence in the aviation world. Furthermore, the number of Fokker aircraft used on record-breaking and major exploratory flights is unmatched.

The Fokker F.VII, designed to fly from the Netherlands to the East Indies. The first such flight, with the plane painted in KLM livery, took off on October 1, 1924.
The Fokker F.VII, designed to fly from the Netherlands to the East Indies. The first such flight, with the plane painted in KLM livery, took off on October 1, 1924.
Finally, the combat aircraft produced in the Netherlands and the tenacity of Dutch military pilots played an important role in the defense of the Netherlands in 1940 and the East Indies in 1941-1942. In the five days the Netherlands fought the German invader, the Dutch air services shot down or disabled over 500 German aircraft for a loss of less than 100. The sacrifices made by Dutch airmen and the losses inflicted on the Germans played a direct role in Hitler’s decision to postpone and eventually cancel his planned invasion of Great Britain. Dutch airmen made similar sacrifices in the Pacific, fighting the Japanese alongside other Allied airmen until the end of the war. While the Netherlands was no longer a formidable military power, its airmen nevertheless demonstrated that they were very capable of giving the Axis powers a bloody nose.

Thus, just as the Netherlands played a disproportionate role on the world stage during its Gouden Eeuw, so too did Dutch aviation play a leading role in the “Golden Age” of aviation. This book, with hundreds of photos and dozens of color illustrations, tells the story of Dutch aviation through interesting prose and assesses its significant impact upon the history, and modern legacy, of flight."
Subjects Aeronautics--Netherlands--History--20th century.
Fokker Aircraft Corporation of America.
Fokker airplanes--History.
Fokker, Anthony H. G. (Anthony Herman Gerard), 1890-1939.
Fokker C.IVa observation plane.
Wark, Robert B.
Wark, Bob
Brown, Eddie
Biplanes--Washington (State);
Air pilots--Washington (State)
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.,
Call# TL526.N4 N67 2016
Collection Lang Library
LCCN 2015029836
ISBN 9780802848703