1940 “Vliegtuigen-Kwartet (Aviation-Quartet)” Airplane Card Game
Vlieger (Pilot), 48-cards, The Netherlands

  • Series Title: Vliegtuigen-Kwartet (Aviation-Quartet)
  • Issued by: Vlieger (Pilot)
  • Country: The Netherlands
  • Number of Cards: 48
  • Card Numbering: 12 sets numbered 1 to 4
  • Card Dimensions: 3½ × 2½ inches
  • Format: Playing card format with well rounded corners
  • Circa: 1940

This is one of the series of Graphics Training Aids (GTA) used by the United States Army to train their personnel to recognize friendly and hostile aircraft. This particular set, GTA 44-2-1, was issued in July 1977. The set features aircraft from: Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, United States, and the USSR. The fronts of the cards are presented in a landscape format, and feature a B/W side-view drawing of the subject aircraft along with the aircraft designation and 3 to 4 of the key recognition features of the aircraft. The set designation number “GTA 44-2-1”, along with the card number and card side i.e “Fig. 1 FRONT“ are positioned in the upper right-hand corner of the card.

The Backs of the cards are presented in a portrait format and feature 3-view silhouette drawings of the aircraft. In some cases an additional side-view is included to show either the trainer or the reconnaissance version of the aircraft. Directly beneath the three view drawings, three lines of text identify: (a) aircraft designation, (b) nickname, (c) function, (d) country of origin or military service, (e) wing or rotor spans, and (f) the length of the aircraft. The set designation number “GTA 44-2-1”, along with the card number and card side i.e “Fig. 1 Back“ are positioned in the upper left-hand corner of the card.

The cards measure 3½ × 2½ inches and are formatted in a standard playing card (PLC, format, with rounded corners. The cards are package in the same manner as any deck of cards, with the thin cardboard package/box that opens on the top end. An example of a card deck pack is shown below.

“Vliegtuigen-Kwartet (Aviation-Quartet)” (GTA 44-2-1) Image-Guide

The following “Vliegtuigen-Kwartet (Aviation-Quartet)” (GTA 44-201) Image-Guide shows the fronts and Backs of all 54 cards. Behind each image is a 600-dpi card image that you may access.

American Mil. Vliegtuigen (American Military Aircraft)

Buitenl. Verkeerstoestellen (Foreign Transport Machines)

Duitsche Mil. Vliegtuigen (German Military Aircraft)

Eng. Mil. Vliegtuigen (English Military Aircraft)

Fr. Mil. Vliegtuigen (French Military Aircraft)

Ital. Mil. Vliegtuigen (Italian Military Aircraft)

K.L.M. Vliegtuigen (KLM Aircraft)

Kleine Vliegtuigen (Small Aircraft)

Moderne K.L.M. Vliegtuigen (Modern KLM Aircraft)

Ned. Mil. Vliegtuigen (Netherlands Military Aircraft)

Reuzen Vliegtuigen (Giant Aircraft)

Vliegbooten (Flying Boats)

“Vliegtuigen-Kwartet (Aviation-Quartet)”Checklist

1940 “Vliegtuigen-Kwartet (Aviation-Quartet)” Cards
Airplane Card Game (The Netherlands)
Seq. №xSubset TitleCard № & Title
1American Mil. Vliegtuigen (American Military Aircraft)1 - Curtiss Tomahawk
2American Mil. Vliegtuigen2 - Lockheed Lightning
3American Mil. Vliegtuigen3 - Bell Airacobra
4American Mil. Vliegtuigen4 - Boeing Vliegend Fort
5Buitenl. Verkeerstoestellen (Foreign Transport Machines)1 - De Havilland
6Buitenl. Verkeerstoestellen2 - Savoia Marchetti
7Buitenl. Verkeerstoestellen3 - Junkers
8Buitenl. Verkeerstoestellen4 - Dewoitine
9Duitsche Mil. Vliegtuigen (German Military Aircraft)1- Messerschmitt 109
10Duitsche Mil. Vliegtuigen2 - Dornier
11Duitsche Mil. Vliegtuigen3 - Junkers “Stuka”
12Duitsche Mil. Vliegtuigen4 - Heinkel
13Eng. Mil. Vliegtuigen (English Military Aircraft)1 - Spitfire
14Eng. Mil. Vliegtuigen2 - Hawker Hurricane
15Eng. Mil. Vliegtuigen3 - Bristol Blenheim
16Eng. Mil. Vliegtuigen4 - Vickers Wellington
17Fr. Mil. Vliegtuigen (French Military Aircraft)1 - Morane Saulnier
18Fr. Mil. Vliegtuigen2 - Dewoitine
19Fr. Mil. Vliegtuigen3 - Amiot
20Fr. Mil. Vliegtuigen4 - Potez
21Ital. Mil. Vliegtuigen (Italian Military Aircraft)1 - Macchi
22Ital. Mil. Vliegtuigen2 - Fiat
23Ital. Mil. Vliegtuigen3 - Caproni
24Ital. Mil. Vliegtuigen4- Savoia Marchetti
25K.L.M. Vliegtuigen (K.L.M. Aircraft)1 - Fokker F.7a 1-motorig
26K.L.M. Vliegtuigen2 - Fokker F.7a 3-motorig
27K.L.M. Vliegtuigen3 - Koolhoven F.K.33
28K.L.M. Vliegtuigen4 - Fokker F.12
29Kleine Vliegtuigen (Small Aircraft)1 - Pou Du Ciel(
30Kleine Vliegtuigen2 - Autogiro
31Kleine Vliegtuigen3 - S.20 “De Schelde”
32Kleine Vliegtuigen4 - Zweefvliegtuig
33Moderne K.L.M. Vliegtuigen (Modern K.L.M. Aircraft)1 - Douglas D.C.2
34Moderne K.L.M. Vliegtuigen2 - Douglas D.C.3
35Moderne K.L.M. Vliegtuigen3 - Lockheed
36Moderne K.L.M. Vliegtuigen4 - Fokker F.22
37Ned. Mil. Vliegtuigen (Netherlands Military Aircraft)1 - Fokker G.1
38Ned. Mil. Vliegtuigen2 - Koolhoven F.K.55
39Ned. Mil. Vliegtuigen3 - Fokker D.21
40Ned. Mil. Vliegtuigen4 - Fokker T.9
41Reuzen Vliegtuigen (Giant Aircraft)1 - Junkers 90
42Reuzen Vliegtuigen2 - Fokker F.36
43Reuzen Vliegtuigen3 - Albatross
44Reuzen Vliegtuigen4 - Boeing “Stratoliner”
45Vliegbooten (Flying Boats)1 - Dornier Do.X
46Vliegbooten2 - Short Empire
47Vliegbooten3 - China Clipper
48Vliegbooten4 - Pan American Clipper
n/a(Not shown, need photo or 600-dpi scan)Card Box


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