Robertus (Rob) Josephus Maria Mulder (born in Bussum, Netherlands, on September 5, 1958) is a Dutch specialist in airline and the air transport history. Educated at the Heilige Hart School, John F. Kennedy School, Vondel School, Fontein MAVO in Bussum and Roland Holst College in Hilversum, he left the Netherlands after serving the military in Amersfoort and Seedorf (Germany). He settled in Norway, married and started after a business study at the Otto Treider’s private school in Oslo working for Tumlare of Scandinavia (later Tumlare Corporation). Relocated back to the Netherlands in 1989 he began a five years employment for Buro Scandinavia, but finally returned to Norway in 1994. Back in Norway he worked for Kilde Hotels Marketing, Kilde Norge AS and since 2001 for Nordic Tours Norge AS in Drammen and now Røyken.
Mulder is married to Monika Müller. They have three children (one daughter and two sons). He lives in Spikkestad, Norway. As well as his life-long interest in aviation, Rob enjoys also genealogic research and is active member of the Bardstjernen Lodge in Drammen.
Rob‘s inspiration for his aviation books are John Stroud, R.E.G. Davies and Norwegian author and journalist Odd Arnesen.
In 1987 Mulder published his first book in Norway: Luftbussen til Kontinentet about the first international air service operated out of Norway. It is a biography about Captain Wilhelm Meisterlin and his airline Norske Luftruter AS, who acted as general agent for Deutsche Luft Hansa AG in Norway between 1927 and 1934.
Series: A Piece of Nordic Aviation History
In the beginning of the nineties he started to work on a new book called “Junkers for Scandinavia”, a history of the German influence in Scandinavian and Baltic airlines up to the year 1926. This book specifically details the work by Junkers Flugzeugwerk AG in Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark. It also describes in detail, the history of the Danish airline Dansk Lufttransport AS. It was not published until 2007, and it was awarded the Norwegian Aviation Book of the Year Award for 2008. The book was the first of a series of books under the subtitle A Piece of Nordic Aviation History.
Further titles followed in the next years:
May 2009: Ternen – Junkers W 34hi, LN-DAB, DNL’s første trafikkfly, 1935-1946, about the first airliner of the Norwegian airline Det Norske Luftfartselskap, Fred. Olsen & Bergenske AS. It was published in the Norwegian language with an English translation available.
May 2010: Valkyrien – Sikorsky S-43, LN-DAG, DNL’s amfibiefly, 1936-1938, about the amphibian of the Norwegian airline Det Norske Luftfartselskap, Fred. Olsen & Bergenske AS. It was published in the Norwegian language with an English translation available.
October 2011: Oliver Andre Rosto – A Life Dedicated To Aviation, about the norse-american Oliver Andre Rosto, who was the first Norwegian to have designed and built a flyable monoplane. He flew it successfully for the first time in 1913.
In November 2009 Mulder published the book ELTA – The First Aviation Exhibition Amsterdam, 1919 about the first major aviation exhibition after the First World War, held in Amsterdam between August 1 and September 14, 1919. More than one hundred aircraft visited the exhibition and more than 500,000 visitors were registered. The book was awarded Book of the Month in the British aviation magazine Aeroplane Monthly (April 2010) and rated Absolute Fabulously.
In co-operation with freelance aviation journalist Günter Endres, aviation historians Lennart Andersson and Günther Ott, Mulder published in September 2013 the book Junkers F 13 – The World’s First All-metal Airliner. This book was followed up in February 2015 with the book Junkers W 33/W34/K43 – Workhorse in War and Peace .
September 2013: Together with Günther Ott he as published in 2013 the book “Focke Wulf Fw 200 Condor in Denmark“.
March 2014: His second biography is published called “Olav Grønskar – Flykapteinens likemann på bakken” about a flight dispatcher that started working for DNL – Norwegian Air Lines in 1939. After World War II, he continued working for the New DNL and later SAS. He was a very active person in music and volunteer work at the SAS-Museum. He is now 93 years old (2015).
June 2014: The book “Fornebu Lufthavn – En lufthavn blir til, 1934-1940″ is published on the occasion of the inauguration of the airport of Oslo on 1 June 1939. The book describes the political process leading to the construction of the airport, the construction period itself and the operation of the airport until 1945.
Mulder was member of the now dissolved Norsk Flyhistorisk Forening. He is now member of Svensk Flyghistorisk Förening, Dansk Flyvehistorisk Forening and Air Britain. He runs several websites: www.europeanairlines.no; www.elta1919.nl; www.oliverrosto.com, www.junkersf13.com and www.chrisbraathen.com. Many articles for websites and aviation magazines have been written and published by him.
Books written by Mulder
Luftbussen til Kontinentet (own publication, 1987)
Junkers for Scandinavia (European Airlines Rob Mulder, 2007) – Awarded “Norwegian Aviation Book of the Year 2008″
Ternen – Junkers W 34hi, LN-DAB, DNL’s første trafikkfly, 1935-1946 (European Airlines Rob Mulder, 2009)
ELTA – The First Aviation Exhibition Amsterdam, 1919 (European Airlines Rob Mulder, 2009) – Aeroplane Monthly’s “Book of the Month, April 2010″
Valkyrien – Sikorsky S-43, LN-DAG, DNL’s amfibiefly, 1936-1938 (European Airlines Rob Mulder, 2010)
Oliver Andre Rosto – A Life Dedicated To Aviation (European Airlines Rob Mulder, 2011)
Brevduen – Caproni Ca.310, LN-DAK – DNL’s crest for a mail plane (European Airlines Rob Mulder, 2012)
Focke Wulf Fw 200 Condor in Denmark (European Airlines Rob Mulder, 2013)
Olav Grønskar – Flykapteinens likemann på bakken (European Airlines Rob Mulder, 2014)
Fornebu Lufthavn – En lufthavn blir til, 1934-1940 (European Airlines Rob Mulder, 2014) – Awarded “Norwegian Aviation Book of the Year 2014″
Junkers F 13 – The World’s First All-Metal Airliner (EAM Books, Lennart Andersson, Günter Endres, Rob Mulder, Günther Ott, 2013)
Junkers W 33/W34/K43 – Workhorse in War and Peace (EAM Books, Lennart Andersson, Günter Endres, Rob Mulder, 2015)
Focke Wulf Fw 200 Condor in Denmark (European Airlines Rob Mulder and Günther Ott, 2013)
Northrop Delta – AB Aerotransport, European Airlines Rob Mulder, 2015)
Deutsche Lufthansa in Norway, 1927-1945 (European Airlines Rob Mulder, Rob Mulder, Günther Ott, scheduled October 2015)
Det Norske Luftfartselskap, Fred. Olsen & Bergenske A/S (European Airlines Rob Mulder, scheduled 2016)
The International Aero Exhibition of Gothenburg, 1923 (European Airlines Rob Mulder)
The Beginnings of Norway’s airlines, part 1: 1910-1922 (European Airlines Rob Mulder)
The Beginnings of Norway’s airlines, part 2: 1923-1939 (European Airlines Rob Mulder)
(c) European Airlines Rob Mulder, Spikkestad, 2015