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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 DC-2


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 The result was that many aircraft had to be withdrawn from use within a year, so the airline companies had to look for a replacement.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
Length: 19,1 m Wingspan: 25,9 m
Height: 4,8 m Wing area: - m2
Empty weight: 5650 kg Max. start weight: 8420 kg
Max. speed: 338 km/u Rate of climb: - m/min
Range: 1750 km Service ceiling: 6930 m
Engine type: Twee Wright Cyclone SGR-1820 F-3 van 700 pk
Crew: -
Armament: None


Dutch Communication Flight RAF.

The solely aircraft used in Dutch military service, was before the second world war in use with KLM as PH-ALE. During the Second World War is was, though still KLM owned, used by BOAC as G-AGBH and had RAF camouflage applied. The crew were KLM employees.

At the end of the war the aircraft was hired for a while by the Dutch Government from KLM and used with 1316 Dutch Communications Flight.


Serial RAF Serial Construction nr. Date in service Date out of service Type Notes
NL203   1584  1945  1945 Douglas DC-2-115L  


1/72nd Scale


Modelling add-on

  • FlightPath
    • Set 72-027: Douglas DC2/DC3 Wright Cyclone Engines (Ex DB)
  • Red Roo
    • Set 72113: Douglas DC2/DC3 Wright Cyclone Engines.
  • D.B Productions
    • Set XX: 2x Douglas DC2/DC3 Wright Cyclone Engines.


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The DC-2 in KLM service was overall bare metal with serials in black.
During the second world war the aircraft had a camouflage pattern of dark green and dark earth on the upper sides and bare metal under sides applied. 

Scheme Colour name FS number BS-number Humbrol XtraColor Vallejo Model Color Vallejo Model AirHataka
Standard #1 BOAC Upper surfaces Dark Green   BS:641 163 X001 70.892 71.324 ~016
Dark Earth   BS:450 29 X002 70.921 71.323 ~206
lower Surfaces Aluminium Dope          71.062  

Check for an extensive conversion table with lots of colour and paint systems.

Douglas DC2 1-SMALL
Paint scheme as the Douglas DC-2 of 1316 flght might have looked like.
It is reconstructed with some photos and paint schemes of the BOAC DC-3.



Nederlandse Vliegtuig-Encyclopedie No. 3 Fokker-Douglas DC-2 Hugo Hooftman P 1977 COCKPIT-uitgeverij, Bennekom
Dutch Military Aviation 1945-1978 Paul A. Jackson Pag. 126 1978 Uitgever: Midland Countries Publications, Leicester
AVIA; 42e jaargang nummer 11: DC-De geschiedenis van de Douglas-verkeersvliegtuigen. Bart van der Klaauw Pag. 384 - 387 1983 Uitgevers Wyt, Rotterdam
Luchtvaartwereld; 1e jaargang nummer 2: Douglas DC-2, deel 2 Harm J. Hazewinkel Pag. 59 - 62 1984 Uitgeverij Ten Brink, Meppel
Luchtvaartwereld; 1e jaargang nummer 1: Douglas DC-2, deel 1 Harm J. Hazewinkel Pag. 19 - 21 1984 Uitgeverij Ten Brink, Meppel
AVIA; 43e jaargang nummer 1: Luchtvloot van plastic: De DC-2 Uiver Hans Loeber Pag. 60 - 62 1984 Uitgevers Wyt, Rotterdam
AVIA; 43e jaargang nummer 1: De Douglas DC-2: een revolutionair vliegtuig   Pag. 47 - 49 1984 Uitgevers Wyt, Rotterdam
Dakota DC-3/C-47's onder Nederlandse vlag Wesselink, Theo & Thijs Postma   1985 Uitgeverij De Alk, Alkmaar
Camouflage en Kentekens J.Greuter e.a.   1997 Bonneville – Bergen (NH)
Modelbouw in Plastic jaargang 27, nummer 3: DC-2 Erwin Stam Pag. 24 - 26 1998 Uitgever: I.P.M.S. Nederland, Nederland