Type: Stearman Hammond Y-1SProgram: FS2004 and FSX, pack with 2 repaintsModel: rarewings.comOperator: KLMDownload: Complete aircraft
In 1937 KLM was interested in the new Douglas DC4E for its Dutch Eastindies-line. The DC4E was developed on the basis of the requirements of the US airlines United, TWA, Eastern and Pan American. KLM pilot Parmentier has flown the prototype flew and was impressed. KLM was intended to purchase 6 aircrafts with a option for 6 more.The DC-4E had a nose wheel, while KLM had only aircraft with a tail wheel in its fleet. In order to train their pilots to get used to the nose wheel configuration KLM purchased the Stearman Hammond Y-1S in September 1937 for training purposes. The Stearman Hammond Model Y was designed by Dean B. Hammond for the Bureau of Air Commerce safe airplane competition in 1934. Starting point was to develop a simple and reliable aircraft for $ 700, - Model Y was one of the winners and Hammond got orders for 25 planes. However the prototype did not meet the requirements.Lloyd Stearman was asked to re- engineer the plane to improve performance and general workmanship. Resulting aircraft, Model Y-1S. Only 20 aircraft have been built.The prototype of the Douglas DC-4E was tested by United on its routes and was found to be far from economically.The American Airlines placed no orders orders and the project was canceled.Therefore the Stearman Hammond Y-1S was no longer necessary at KLM.The plane went to the RAE(Royal Aircraft Establishment) at Farnboroughand thoroughly tested.It went to the RAF for assessment. Its ground handling was discribed as "impressive"but it was found impossible to fly an accurate compass course and it was extremely noisy. The RAF for saw little use for the machine.It remained at the RAE till it was scraped in 1942. Thanks to John Blackburn who sent me a black/white photograph on which I based the repaint.Douglas developed during WWII a completely new DC-4 (C-54) which, due to the war, was put into operation by the airlines after 1945.
Type: Ilyushin IL-62Program: FS2004 and FSX Model: Stepan Gritsevsky en Michael AckermannOperator: Aeroflot/KLMDownload: Complete aircraft
During the Cold War Western Airliners were not allowed to fly across Russian territory. To solve this problem KLM wet-leased two IL-62's including crew in 1971.The cabine crew was mixed KLM/Aeroflot.
From 1947 till 1950 the Interinsulair Service of KLM had nine Catalina's in the fleet.They were used in the Indonesian Archipelago. They accommodated 14 till 18 passengers.After the independence of Indonesia the PK-CTB was transferred to Garuda.