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Collection Item Summary:

KLM flight attendant Johanna Van Duffelen, dressed in arctic clothing, holds a Fairchild Armalite AR-10 battle rifle, part of KLM's arctic survival kit. Original caption: LOADED FOR BEAR - With a Fairchild AR-10 rifle in hand and a polar suit draped over her pretty shoulders, KLM Dutch Airlines stewardess Johanna Van Duffelen is ready for the rigors of Arctic life. Miss Van Duffelen is posed among arctic survival kit gear carried aboard every KLM aircraft flying the polar route from Amsterdam to Tokyo. The kit consists of hundreds of itwms including sleeping bags, snowglasses, axes, snowsaws, knives, snares, fishing nets, and special rations. The rifle, designed and developed by Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation's Armalite Division, is part of KLM's standard survival equipment. The weapon weighs less than seven pounds, fires 20 shots per clip, either semi- or fully-automatic, and utilizes the 7.62 standard NATO cartridge.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aircraft survival equipment
  • AR-10 rifle
  • Assault rifles
  • Firearms - Design and construction
  • Firearms industry and trade
  • Flight attendants

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National Air and Space Museum Archives

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