Iceland’s Aviation History, in photos
Here’s a modern IcelandAir jet pulling into the gate in Billund airport.
Now the story starts to get interesting. Here are some views inside the big big hangar where IcelandAir does its aircraft maintenance. You don’t often get to see inside like this.
The computer-generated CGI views of flying above clouds. Apologies for being blurry images.
Some planes on the ground, modern. I’m pretty sure I have better photos than this.
Inside the main terminal of Keflavik airport.
Now some fascinating views inside the operations center,
Doing ground checks inside the airplane cockpit. Looking at maintenance logs probably.
Another view inside the operations center.
External view of the IcelandAir offices in Reykjavik.
More operations center.
A pilot being interviewed from inside the cockpit.
Cockpit view on final approach to somewhere, possibly Billund, Denmark
Aircraft being moved by it’s nosewheel.
Now early history images start appearing.
Here’s a lovely twin engine Orange airplane, taildragger.
Some views of a high wing twin engine float plane. I believe it’s a Catalina Flying Boat. Consolidated PBY
A different paint job, but somewhat similar floatplane.
A sporty old plane taking off, not a passenger plane.
Wow, look at this big amphibious twin engine floatplane monster.
A black and white photo looking down at the town, probably Reykjavik, from inside a floatplane.
Here’s a floatplane that looks like a beaver.
Now here is an incredible series of photos of those amazing amphibious aircraft, landing on water, then driving up onto land, all by themselves. WOW
Now we’re looking at probably a DC-2, possibly a DC-3
Airplanes that crash-landed were a part of the history of Icelandic aviation.
A lovely photo of pilots in a DC-2.
The Loftleidir logo.
Those planes could land on gravel.
Here are some foreign flights from that era, at Reykjavik airport, I think.
A remarkable thing was a plane landed intact somewhere remote, and got completely buried by snow. A big team of people gradually recovered the airplane, and got it flying again, somehow flying it home. THAT’s AMAZING.
This one, a cool plane at an airport, maybe for small capacity commercial flights, or executive flight.
This looks like a United States Air Force DC-2 or DC3.
Just a reminder, that Iceland has Snow. Landing on packed snow on a runway, is part of the difficulty of aviation in this region. It’s a lot of work to keep runways like this.
And sometimes planes were landing on skiis. Big planes on skiis. Wow.
This plane we’ve seen before. Sometimes it’s landing on wheels,
Sometimes landing on skiis.
And almost getting stuck as it tries to get moving again. Look at that deep snow. YES, they did manage to take-off. I’m impressed.
More pictures in snowy conditions.
A smaller plane on skiis. Doing a cargo delivery.
Wow, look at that guy, pulling that sled across the frozen water surface.
Now we’re back at a small airport.
And moving sled dogs is definately a task of northern pilots.
Here’s a few better views of that frozen water surface and the airplane marked FlugFelag Islands.
More photos from that story of digging a plane out of the snow.
And here it is, it still has a little snow in the engines.
These photos are CGI, but nice.
Loftleidir, 1917 and 1918. Look at the flying bird logo!
Some people boarding a plane in Reykjavik. When? your guess. The clothes should help.
A different logo of an aviation company.
And here’s Loftleidir, which was- and became IcelandAir later, I think.
I think this is the old control tower in Reykjavik, with a plane parked in front.
A cessna, probably. Private pilot.
This plane made a low pass during an airshow. Wheels down for landing.
A pair of these, flew at that airshow.
Some other planes make an appearance at that airport.
Nordurflug. A very distinctive tail.
Here’s a remote-looking airstrip.
Another view of that incredible float plane.
Some other plances coming and going from the main airport.
That big amphibious float plane.
This guy looks like he is inside an airplane. I wonder.