Fokker F.III: “Fiction Becomes Fact”


After the end of The Great War Anthony Fokker didn’t lose time in making the most of the knowledge -thanks to Reinhold Platz- he had accumulated in aircraft design. The F.III was Fokker’s second airliner, an aircraft that even more than its conservative forebear (the F.II), employed what became the household trademarks: fat wooden cantilever wing and fabric covered steel tube fuselage. First flown in 1921, this no-nonsense aircraft was produced in considerable numbers for that era (around 66) and served well into the 1930s.
Stupendous 1924 artwork of my namesake Antonius Guthschmidt. Like my another namesake Anthony Fokker, KLM -the oldest airline in operation- didn’t lose time to take ownership of “The Flying Dutchman” legend. Trite yes, but effective.

As a curiosity, the pilot was really in the hot seat: he was seated in a open cockpit located besides the engine; so he had nice visibility and “enjoyed” good access to the engine in case of trouble.

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