The Aviation History Branch
The Aviation History Branch of the KNVvL (Royal Netherlands Aeronautical Association) grew up
over 50 years ago and aims to unite those
interested in the history of aviation. Members receive our quarterly magazine
contains articles on a diversity of subjects, mainly concentrating on aviation history of
the Netherlands and its former colonies. All articles are in Dutch and based on research by
members of the
Aviation History Branch. This way LUCHTVAARTKENNIS offers a wealth of information that
can hardly be found elsewhere. Furthermore every issue contains a comprehensive listing of the
changes in the Dutch Aircraft Register, a column about aviation related sites on the internet
and book reviews. Also there are long-term series, for instance at present you can find
descriptions of all accidents and incidents with Dutch civil aircraft and foreign aircraft in
Next to the branch magazine LUCHTVAARTKENNIS members also receive the bi-monthly full-colour
Vleugels (a collective publication of all major Dutch organisations in the field of Aviation History and
historic aviation) and the KNVvL newsletter Airsport Mail.
Air Britain Netherlands Branch
Members of the Aviation History Branch of the KNVvL are also candidate-members of the
Netherlands Branch of Air
Britain, the (obviously larger) peer organisation of the Aviation History Branch of the
KNVvL. Air Britain enjoys worldwide fame because of her publications (the magazines Air Britain News, Archive and
Militaria, and large numbers of high-quality books). Members of the Aviation History Branch of the
KNVvL have access (via the committee member) to Air-Britain's international network of
aviation specialists, and it is possible to acquire Air Britain books with membership discounts.
The Aviation History Branch of the KNVvL publishes on regular base books with subjects
from the (Dutch) aviation history. Recent publications are a compilation of all reports
of the crash with the KLM Douglas DC-2 PH-AJU "Uiver" in 1934 (a few months after its
heroic participation in the London-Melbourne race), a book about the Dutch aircraft
manufacturer Spijker and a historical survey of all civil identification marks (registration
pre-fixes) on aircraft.
The latest publication is a book about Pander, a Dutch aircraft manufacturer during the
1930's. Another large project is the digitalising of the
collection negatives, which in the long run will be published on CD. All black and
white pictures on this side are part of this unique collection.
Dutch Aircraft Recognation Contest (NKVH)
Aircraft Recognation as hobby is one of the roots from which the Aviation History Branch originates.
The Aviation History Branch of the KNVvL orginazises every year the
Dutch Aircraft Recognation Contest. This year the contest will be, as during last year,
at the Military Aviation Museum at Soesterberg.