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Anthony Fokker: Designer of great airoplanes.

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ANTHONY FOKKER: DESIGNER OF GREAT AIRPLANES BY: NEERAJ NARULA DUE: NOVEMBER 27, 1997 Aircraft Technology is at a peak today. For over 80 years, Americans have been designing top of the line aircrafts that no other country could match. Throughout the decades, Americans have designed top fighter jets such as F-4 Phantom aircraft or the F-15 eagle. These planes were designed to strengthen the U.S. military and they obviously have, making the U.S. the strongest militant force in the world. 80 years ago, these technologies were not available. The best type of fighter available was the Fokker D-7, designed by Anthony Fokker. Anthony Fokker gave aircraft technology a boost in progress. If not for Fokker, no country in the world would be as developed as they are. Anthony Herman Gerard Fokker's interest in aviation began at the age of 16 when he witnessed his first airplane flight, and then was inspired by news of Wilbur Wright's flights in France. In 1910, he enrolled in a school in Germany offering a course in practical aeronautics. There he helped build an airplane. Fokker helped build two more monoplanes, in which he made his first flight and earned a German pilot license. ...read more.


These would allow German pilots to have an advantage over all other countries in the war because now German pilots would not shoot down their own airplanes as frequent. Considered by many to be the best fighter of World War I, the Fokker D-7 was a plane with good flying characteristics. The U. S. figured out how the Fokker D-7 was made and made planes like it on their own. It was such good a plane that when the U. S. got Germany to give up, they demanded that all Fokker D-7's be surrendered and given to the U.S. and Switzerland. The Fokker D-8 was a parasol monoplane fighter. Fokker had offered his new plane but Germany made Fokker design the plane for them. The D-8 was accepted by the German airforce, although there were many problems with the production of the plane. The D-8 was revolutionary. It was so good that the British called it the "Flying Razor." The D-8 was an excellent fighter but its engine was low-powered so it became obsolete. Once the U.S. found out how the Fokker D-8 was built, Fokker had to design a new plane. ...read more.


Fokker's most powerful plane that he designed must be the Fokker D-XXI, a Dutch single seat monoplane fighter with two-fixed synchronized machine-guns attached. The first prototype flew in February 1936. Finland, the first customer for this plane, ended up building a total of 90 Fokker D-XXIs. More than half of these were locally modified to use a different power plant. During the Winter War (1939-40), the Fokker D-XXI was already obsolescent, but because of its high diving speed, it could break out from combat when necessary. Fokker D-XXIs claimed total of 187 aerial victories during 1939-1944 - 127 of those in the Winter War. In the Continuation War (1941-1944), Fokker's planes were used mainly for reconnaissance and training. Anthony Herman Gerard Fokker's unexpected passing away at the age of only 42, brings to a close the career of an aeronautical genius. His company went on to build much bigger and better aircrafts under Anthony Fokker's name. Throughout his career, Anthony Fokker led aircraft technology. From his mid-teens, when he built prototypes for European countries, to the day before he died, when he was part of a company that he had a part in running. Known as the "Flying Dutchman", he was the most skillful of pilots, gifted of designers, and cheerful of men. Fokker has boosted the development of aircraft technology and his achievements will never be forgotten. ...read more.

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