Douglas DC-2 PH-AJU
KLM Royal Dutch Airline
"Uiver" (Stork)
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1/200 scale die-cast metal with minimal use of plastic.
All markings are tampo (pad) applied, no decals to discolor or flake.
Free-spinning propellers.
Rolling wheels.
Landing gear can be removed or added.
Model comes with a display stand.
A brief history of the aircraft type and the airline is supplied with each model.
The DC-2 (Douglas Commercial 2) was developed to compete with Boeing’s 247. With the
success of the DC-1, Douglas decided to build on it. The two Douglas aircraft had similar
shapes but the DC-2 had more powerful engines that made it capable of longer flights at
faster speeds. The DC-2 was two feet longer and could carry two more passengers. The DC-
2 was an immediate success and became the first Douglas airliner to enter service with a
non-U.S. airline. Between 1934 and 1937 Douglas built 156 DC-2’s.

Douglas finished manufacturing aircraft MSN 1317 on August 21, 1934. The assembly of the
first DC-2 by Fokker began in September 1934 when NC14284 arrived from the USA. On
September 14, 1934 it was registered by KLM as PH-AJU who named it “Uiver” (Stork). All
KLM DC-2s were named after birds with the last letter of the registration matching the first
letter of the bird’s name. “Uiver” became famous when KLM entered it as one of twenty
aircraft in the MacPherson Robertson London-Melbourne Race in October 1934. The
aircraft flew its regular 9,000 mile KLM route making scheduled passenger stops. Even
though the KLM route was 1,000 miles longer than the official race route PH-AJU placed
second. Unfortunately the aircraft was destroyed on December 20, 1934 at Rutbah Wells
Iraq when it is believed the aircraft was struck by lightning and flew into the ground.

Specifications Douglas DC-2
First flight - May 11, 1934
Number produced – 156
Crew – 2 or 3
Length – 62.5 ft   (19.1m)
Wingspan – 85 ft   (25.9 m)
Height – 15 ft 10 in   (4.8 m)
Empty – 12,455 lbs   (5,560 kg)
Maximum – 18,560 lbs   (8,420 kg)
Engines – 2 x Wright Cyclone GR-F53 9-cylinder radial producing 730 hp   (540 kW) per
Maximum speed – 210 mph @ 6,800 ft   (338 km/h)
Range – 1,085 miles   (1,750 km)
Service ceiling – 22,750 ft   (6,930 m)
Rate of climb – 1,030 ft/min   (310 m/min)