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In Memoriam

Klaas Willem Jonker
(Wilko)
† 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 DC-2

History

In March 1931 a Fokker F-10A of TWA crashed due to a wing fracture.
This accident meant that all aircraft with a wooden wing should be inspected thoroughly. The result was that many aircraft had to be withdrawn from use within a year, so the airline companies had to look for a replacement.

TWA ordered sixty Boeing 247 aircraft. Boeing, however, was very busy with an order for United Airlines, largely owned by Boeing itself.
TWA asked several other aircraft manufacturers for a design and quotation based on a specification for a, preferably all-metal,three-engined airliner.

Douglas, however, presented a twin-engine all-metal aircraft for twelve passengers. TWA ordered under certain conditions an example of this Douglas DC-1.
The DC-1 made the first flight in July 1933 and was delivered in December of the same year.
This aircraft really surpassed all expectations, so TWA ordered a series of twenty machines, designated as DC-2.

It was 60 cm longer than the DC-1 and could carry fourteen passengers.The first DC-2 made its first flight in May 1934 and was soon delivered to TWA.

In 1933 Fokker acquired the licensing and sales rights of the DC-2 for the whole of Europe and later also for the DC-3 and eventually sold 39 DC-2's and 65 DC-3'sin Europe. Fokker never built any of example of these types. 18 DC-2's and 25 DC-3's were sold to the KLM.

Eventually, 193 DC-2's were built, often adapted to customer's wishes and often equipped with different engines.

 

Technical information
Dimensions:
Length: 19,1 m Wingspan: 25,9 m
Height: 4,8 m Wing area: - m2
Weights:
Empty weight: 5650 kg Max. start weight: 8420 kg
Performances:
Max. speed: 338 km/u Rate of climb: - m/min
Range: 1750 km Service ceiling: 6930 m
Miscellaneous:
Engine type: Twee Wright Cyclone SGR-1820 F-3 van 700 pk
Crew: -
Armament: None