Today in aviation history – 7th October

On 7th October 1914 was born Jozef František. He was a Czech fighter pilot and participant of the Battle of England. Before the Czech Republic’s annexion he served in No. 40 squadron. He managed to get to Poland and joined the Polish aviation. He became aerial instructor in training center in Dęblin. He fought in September Campaign. After Polish defeated he got to France, and then to Great Britain. He downed 17 German aircrafts between 2nd and 30th September. František died on 8th October 1940 in the plane crash.
On 7th October 1919 was established Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (KLM) – Royal Dutch Airlines. It was a part of France-KLM holding. KLM cooperates with Delta Airlines. It’s the oldest airline in the world. Its main airport is Amsterdam-Schiphol.