Stolen on 17 May 1947 from the Danish Airlines
Vikingship OY-DFI DC-4-1009 Skymaster on a flight from Copenhagen to New
From the early days of
SAS, when the various Scandinavian airlines still retained their
separate identities. Danish Airlines' partners were Aktiebolaget
Aerotransport from Sweden and Det Norske Luftfartselskap from Norway. SAS
was formed in September 1946 and fully merged the operations of its three
founding airlines in 1951.
The flight report that accompanies this
bag (third picture) reveals why bags were necessary during the early decades
of air travel. "Altitude 8000 feet", it says, "We are cruising at a ground
speed of 208 mph... we have 44 mph headwind."
That means at least 23 hours of
flying time to cover the 3840 miles (6181) kilometres between Copenhagen and
New York, not counting stops in blustery Scotland and windswept
Newfoundland. All at 8000 feet (2438 m) - right in the middle of the
Homer Goetz, the proud owner of this bag, has
also found a postcard of the very plane where this bag previously made its
home, as well as a timetable from the period.
Homer says that this plane ended up in
Congo, where it was withdrawn from service in 1977.
Owner: Homer Goetz