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Dutch Modelling and Aviation

In Memoriam

Klaas Willem Jonker
† April 30, 2018

On Monday 30 April 2018, Wilko Jonker died after a long illness at the age of 58. He leaves behind a wife and two children. The Dutch military aviation and plastic modeling were his hobby and on this website he shared all the knowledge he has collected over the years. His hobby has been able to distract him from the persistent disease in his body until the last week of his life. The contacts with other hobbyists were a major support for him.

This website will be maintained by different people for as long as possible, so that other enthusiasts can continue to benefit from extensive content.

Douglas DB-8A/3N


The origins of the DB-8A goes back to the Northrop Gamma.
It was the Northrop Gamma C-2, developed as an attack plane. This aircraft was slightly modified as Gamma 2F and ordered by the USAAC under the designation A-17 and later a second series with retractable landing gear was ordered under the designation A-17A.

In August 1937 Northrop was acquired by Douglas. The A-17 was still sold under the name Northrop, however, the export version was sold as Douglas DB-8A.
The DB-8A was also sold to Sweden as DB-8A-1, which had a further 103 aircraft built under license; Argentina as DB-8A-2. Peru as DB-8A-3P, Iraq, the DB-8A-4 and around the DB-8A-5.
Netherlands bought the DB-8A-3N.


Technical information
Length: 9,06 m Wingspan: 14,05 m
Height: 2,95 m Wing area: - m2
Empty weight: 2390 kg Max. start weight: 3580 kg
Max. speed: 416 km/hr Rate of climb: - m/min
Cruising speed: 330 km/hr    
Range: 2000 km Service ceiling: 7700 m
Engine type: One Pratt & Whitney R-1830 S3CG Twin Wasp rated 1050 hp
Crew: Two men
Armament: Four wing mounted .30 machine guns; one movable .30 machine gun; 1200 pound bombs.