Through a wealth of photographs and colour illustrations and an informed narrative, Blue Skies, Orange Wings documents the surprisingly strong role of Dutch aircraft, airmen, designers and airlines in world aviation in the first half of the twentieth century. In this beautiful book Ryan Noppen offers the most thorough study of the early years of Dutch commercial and military aviation published in the English language. He examines the famed Fokker airliners, the development of Dutch national airline KLM, and their impact on the world in the pioneering days of flight, including a number of notable individuals – Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford and Amelia Earhart.
Ryan Noppen, Author
Ryan K Noppen is a military historian and aviation analyst who has worked as a subject-matter expert for a defense firm on projects involving naval and aviation logistics, and he has taught several courses on World War I and II. He is also the author of ‘Austro-Hungarian Battleships, 1914–18’.