Anthony Fokker, the founder of the Fokker aircraft company, built his first aircraft at the age of 20 whilst studying in Germany. The Spin, Spider in Dutch, was the first Dutch built aircraft to fly in its home country.
Fokker set up his first company in 1912 in Berlin but moved to Schwerin where the Fokker company was founded. During World War I, Fokker sold many aircraft to the German Army and developed a synchronization gear which was fitted to the Fokker M.5, later developed into the Eindecker, one of the most feared aircraft over the western front.
In 1919 Fokker returned to the Netherlands and founded a new company near Amsterdam, Fokker called the new company Nederlandse Vliegtuigenfabriek to conceal the Fokker brand due to its connection to World War I. Fokker became the worlds largest aircraft manufacturer by the late 1920's. Its greatest success was the F.VIIa/3m Trimotor passenger aircraft which was used by 54 airlines and captured 40% of the US market. Anthony Fokker died in New York City on 23rd December 1929.
During World War II, the Dutch Fokker factory was used by the occupying Germans to build Bucker Bu 181 Bestmann trainers and JU52 transports.
After World War II the aircraft manufacturing business was difficult as there were many cheap surplus aircraft. Fokker started by building gliders and converting DC3's into civil versions. A new factory was built near Schiphol airport to build military aircraft under licence, including the Gloster Meteor and Lockheed F-104 Starfighter.
In 1958 the F-27 Friendship was introduced, Fokkers most successful postwar airliner also becoming the world's best selling turboprop airliner selling over 800 units.
The F-28 Fellowship followed in 1962, this was a jet powered airliner, built until 1987, with 241 built in total.
In 1969 Fokker joined with VFW to develop and build the VFW-614 - see VFW-Fokker.
The Fokker 50 was an updated version of the F27 built between 1985 and 1997 with 213 built.
The Fokker F100 and the smaller F70 family were short range airliners developed from the F-28. The development almost caused Fokker to go out of business. The initial sales of the F100 were good but strong competition from Boeing and Airbus reduced the number of sales.
In 1992 Fokker signed an agreement with DASA but this did not solve Fokkers problems, in part due to DASA also having troubles. In 1996 the directors of Daimler-Benz (owners of DASA) decided to concentrate on its core automobile business and broke ties with Fokker, who went into administration the next day.
The divisions that manufacture parts and carried out maintenance were taken over by Stork N.V. with Fokker only existing to re-market the companies aircraft.
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The F28 was a short range small airliner designed to carry between 65 to 85 passengers . The aircraft was built between 1967 and 1987, in total 241 were built of all versions.
This aircraft also was developed into the Fairchild 228.
The F100 is a larger and modified version of the F-28 seating up to 122 passengers. The aircraft is powered by the Rolls-Royce Tay turbofans.
The aircraft was produced between 1986 and 1997 with 283 built.
The F70 was a shrunk version of the F100 seating up to 85 passengers. The F70 was not a success and only 48, including 1 prototype, were built.
The VFW-614 was a small short range jetliner developed by Fokker and built in conjunction with the German VFW company.
The aircraft was not a success with only 19 being built.
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