KLM is celebrating 70 years of the Douglas DC-3 Dakota and has launched a new website which looks back at aviation pioneers to mark the occasion. On 13 November 1936, KLM operated the DC-3 on its first scheduled service. The website celebrates this aeronautical milestone with pictures of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport as it was in the 1930s.
In addition to the Pioneers in Aviation website, celebrations include a re-enactment of the inaugural flight on 13 November to Le Bourget – Paris’ main airport in the 1930s. The Salon Aeronautique – now known as the Paris Air Show – was being held in Le Bourget that week.
KLM was the first airline outside of the USA to deploy the Dakota. KLM placed its first order for eight DC-3s in August 1936, to operate flights to the Dutch colonies in the East Indies and on busier European routes.