To-day the 2nd. November, delayed by fog in Holland, the first KLM plane Rotterdam-London route?
Establishing shots Rotterdam Airport "ZESTIENHOVEN".
KLM Flag - tarmac in background.
British flag - aircraft flying past.
Rotterdam sign on Restaurant.
Aircraft on tarmac with onlookers.
Viscount of inaugural service lands.
4 shots of Viscount taxing on tarmac.
KLM Director and Sir Paul Mason.
Close up of Sir Paul Mason.
Passengers disembarking from plane - welcomed by KLM Director and Sir Paul Mason.
Shot of a DC-3, as used on the first flight from London Airport to Rotterdam in March 1940.
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Background: To-day the 2nd. November, delayed by fog in Holland, the first KLM plane Rotterdam-London route landed at London Airport. On board were passengers, including Dutch Pressmen and travel officials as well as business executives.
On the return flight the plane took a similar load of passengers. Departure from London Airport was delayed by a fault in braking cylinder of the right had wide of the landing gear. Owing to this fault the plane could not fly direct to Rotterdam, but had to fly to Amsterdam, as it was not possible to land on the too short runway at Rotterdam Airport with faulty brakes, so the inaugural flight London-Rotterdam did not succeed, the plane landed up in Amsterdam, where the passengers boarded another Viscount, which flew on to Rotterdam, somewhat delayed.