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The Fokker F.VII, also known as the Fokker Trimotor, was an airliner produced in the 1920s by the Dutch aircraft manufacturer Fokker

Fokker F.VII

Design and development


The F.VII was designed as a single-engined transport aircraft by Walter Rethel. Five examples of this model were built for the Dutch airline KLM. One of these planes, registered H-NACC, was used in 1924 for the first flight from the Netherlands to the Dutch East Indies. In 1925, while living in the US, Anthony Fokker heard of the inaugural Ford Reliability Tour, which was proposed as a competition for transport aircraft. Fokker had the company's head designer, Reinhold Platz, convert a single-engined F.VII A airliner (a 1924 Walter Rethel design) to a trimotor configuration, powered by 200 hp Wright Whirlwind radial engines. The resulting aircraft was designated the Fokker F.VII A/3M. Following shipment to the US, it won the Ford Reliability Tour in late 1925. The Trimotor's structure consisted of a fabric-covered steel-tube fuselage and a plywood-skinned wooden wing.[1]


The Fokker F.VII B/3M had a slightly increased wing area over the A/3M, with power increased to 220 hp per engine, while the F.10 was slightly enlarged, carrying 12 passengers in an enclosed cabin. The aircraft became popularly known as the Fokker Trimotor

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The eight- to 12-passenger Fokker was the aircraft of choice for many early airlines, both in Europe and the Americas and it dominated the American market in the late 1920s. However, the popularity of the Fokker quickly waned after the 1931 crash of a Transcontinental & Western Air Fokker F-10, which resulted in the death of Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne. The investigation revealed problems with the Fokker's plywood-laminate construction, resulted a temporary ban from commercial flights, more stringent maintenance requirements, and a shift to all-metal aircraft such as the similar Ford Trimotor and later Boeing 247 and Douglas DC-2


Fokker F.VII

F.VII: eenmotorig transportvliegtuig, een totaal van 5 gebouwd, alle voor de KLM

F.VIIa: eenmotorig transportvliegtuig, een klein stukje groter dan de originele F.VII met nieuwe vleugels en landingsgestel. Vloog voor het eerst op 12 maart 1925. De eerste F.VIIa had een Packard Liberty motor, met 310 kW (420 pk) vermogen. De andere 39 F.VIIa’s hadden meestal een Bristol Jupiter stermotor of een Pratt & Whitney Wasp motor.

  • History

    Role  Passenger & military transport

    Manufacturer  Fokker

    First flight  24 November 1924

    Introduction  1925

    Status  Retired


  • Primary Users

    Primary users  SABENA


    Polish Air Force

    Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT

    Produced  1925-1932

    Developed from  Fokker F.V

    Variants  Fokker F.10

  • General Info





Fokker F.VII


De Fokker F.VII is een hoogdekker passagiersvliegtuig gebouwd door de Nederlandse vliegtuigbouwer Fokker en zijn Amerikaanse dochteronderneming Atlantic Aircraft Corporation. De eerste vlucht vond plaats op 11 april 1924. De F.VII is door verschillende vliegtuigbouwers in licentie geproduceerd.


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