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Encyclopedia > Fokker F.VII

The Fokker F.VII was a small airliner originally produced by Anthony Fokker's Atlantic Aircraft Company, and later by other companies under licence. The original 1924 design was a single-engined high-winged monoplane, but from September 1925 the aircraft was more commonly produced in its F.VIIa/3m and F.VIIb/3m forms with three engines. In this configuration it was popularly known as the Fokker Trimotor. An Airbus A340 airliner operated by Air Jamaica An airliner is a large fixed-wing aircraft whose primary function is the transportation of paying passengers. ... Anton Herman Gerard Anthony Fokker (April 6, 1890 – December 23, 1939), was born in Kediri (Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia) and became a Dutch aircraft manufacturer. ... A monoplane is an aircraft with one main set of wing surfaces, in contrast to a biplane or triplane. ...

The 10-passenger F.VII was the aircraft of choice for many early airlines. Along with the similar Ford Trimotor, it dominated the American market. Confidence in the plane rapidly declined when Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne was killed in a TWA trimotor in 1931 prompting the introduction of the Boeing 247 and Douglas DC-2. The Ford Trimotor, nicknamed The Tin Goose, was a three engine civil transport aircraft first produced in 1926 by Henry Ford and continued until about 1933. ... 1927 Time cover featuring Rockne Knute Kenneth Rockne (March 4, 1888–March 31, 1931) was an American football player and is regarded by many as the most famous college football coach in history. ... The Twa are a pygmy people, of short stature, who were the oldest recorded inhabitants of anthe Great Lakes region of central Africa that now comprises the nations of Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. ... Boeing 247 The Boeing 247 was one of the first modern passenger airliners. ... The Douglas DC-2 was a 14 seat, twin-propeller airliner produced by the Douglas Aircraft Corporation starting in 1934. ...

Pioneers and Explorers

The Southern Cross, an F.VIIb/3m.
The Southern Cross, an F.VIIb/3m.

The F.VII was used by many explorers and aviation pioneers, including: Image File history File links Southern_cross. ... Image File history File links Southern_cross. ...

  • Two Lieutenants of the US Army Air Corps, Lester Maitland and Albert Hegenberger, made the first flight from the continental United States to Hawaii in the Fokker C-2 Bird of Paradise in June 1927. That same month, Richard E. Byrd, Bernt Balchen and two others flew the C-2 America across the Atlantic, crash-landing off the coast of France. It was the third successful non-stop transatlantic flight.
  • Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic on June 17, 1928, as a passenger aboard the Fokker F.VIIb/3m Friendship.

Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, USN (October 25, 1888 – March 11, 1957) was a pioneering American polar explorer and famous aviator. ... The North Pole is the northernmost point on the Earth. ... May 9 is the 129th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (130th in leap years). ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Roald Amundsen Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen (July 16, 1872–June 18?, 1928) was a Norwegian explorer of polar regions. ... USS Akron (ZRS-4) in flight, November 2, 1931 An airship is a buoyant aircraft that can be steered and propelled through the air. ... 1. ... Official language(s) English, Hawaiian Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Area  Ranked 43rd  - Total 10,941 sq mi (28,337 km²)  - Width n/a miles (n/a km)  - Length 1,522 miles (2,450 km)  - % water 41. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Bernt Balchen, D.F.C., (23 October 1899 – 17 October 1973), was a Norwegian-American polar (and general) aviation pioneer. ... A Dutch-built tri-motor Fokker VII monoplane, the America was flown in 1927 by Richard E. Byrd, Bernt Balchen, George Noville, and Bert Acosta across the Atlantic Ocean. ... The Atlantic Ocean is the second-largest ocean, covering approximately one-fifth of the earths surface. ... Kingsford Smith in his flying gear Air Commodore Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith MC, (February 9, 1897 - November, 1935), often called Charles Kingsford-Smith, or by his nickname Smithy, was the best-known early Australian aviator. ... The Southern Cross at an RAAF base near Canberra in 1943. ... View of the Pacific Ocean from Oregon. ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Map of the Tasman Sea Satellite photo of the Tasman Sea The Tasman Sea is the large body of water between Australia and New Zealand, some 2000 kilometres (1250 miles) across. ... Amelia Earhart (1897-1937?) Amelia Mary Earhart (July 24, 1897 – missing as of July 2, 1937), daughter of Edwin and Amy Earhart, was an American aviator and noted early female pilot who mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during a circumnavigational flight in 1937. ... June 17 is the 168th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (169th in leap years), with 197 days remaining. ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...

Military Operators

A transport version produced for the US Army was known as the Atlantic C-2 or Fokker C-2. This is not to be confused with the much later Grumman C-2 Greyhound. The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... The Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, later Grumman Aerospace Corporation, was a leading producer of military and civilian aircraft of the 20th century. ... The C-2A Greyhound is a twin-engine cargo aircraft, designed to provide critical logistics support to aircraft carriers of the United States Navy. ...

Amongst others, the F.VII was operated by the militaries of Czechoslovakia, Finland (one F.VIIa), Netherlands, Netherlands East Indies, Poland, Spain, United States and Yugoslavia. The Dutch East Indies, or Netherlands East Indies, (Dutch: Nederlands Indië) was the name of the colonies colonised by the Dutch East India Company which came under administration of the Netherlands during the ninteenth century (see Indonesia). ... Yugoslavia (Jugoslavija in all South Slavic languages, Југославија in Serbian and Macedonian Cyrillic) is a term used for the three separate but successive political entities that existed during most of the 20th century on the Balkan Peninsula in Europe. ...




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