In the course of my research I came across the following description, by Australian journalist F. M. Cutlack, of a flight from Osaka to Dairen (now Dalian, China) in May 1934. The passage, which shows what it was like to make such a journey and to brave the airways in the early days of international flight, is reproduced exactly as it appears in the original (1). Additional information has therefore been added in the form of captions and endnotes. - J. Boyd
A Fokker F.VIIb/3m belonging to the NKYKK. The airline purchased nine of them in 1929/30.
From the Korean shore at Urusan we took off again in a smaller single-engined Fokker, laden so heavily that our scanty baggage had to be left behind. Thereafter we tumbled about in the air over 300 miles and more of detestable hills and rice-fields, no visible emergency landing-ground anywhere in sight, till we alight at Keijo, the old Ping-yang (4), where the battle in the Sino-Japanese war of 1894–5 determined the fate of Korea. We completed the last lap of 300 miles to Dairen at dusk, desiring of friends who met us above all a whisky and soda.
A NKYKK Fokker Super Universal registered J-BCVO.
1 - Cutlack, F. M., The Manchurian Arena: An Australian View of the Far Eastern Conflict, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1934, pp. 12-13.
2 - The Battle of Tsushima, 1905
3 - Admiral Togo Heihachiro (1848–1934)
4- Today’s South Korean capital, Seoul
Below is an original 1932 NKYKK pamphlet.