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Fokker Universal

Source: Harold A Skaarup Web Page (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3390542)
Fokker Universal floatplane, G-CAIX, at Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1927. Pilot Fred J. Stevenson and Engineer Bob Hodgins

The Fokker Universal was the first aircraft built in the United States that was based on the designs of Dutch-born Anthony Fokker, who had designed aircraft for the Germans during World War I. About half of the 44 Universals that were built between 1926 and 1931 in the United States were used in Canada. Among the famous pilots who flew the Fokker Universal were Punch Dickins and Walter Gilbert.

Anthony Fokker established the Atlantic Aircraft Corporation at the Teterboro Airport in Teterboro, New Jersey. One of his first ventures for the new company was building other aircraft under license. In 1926, he formulated plans to create an original aircraft designed for utility and air transport. The design was spearheaded by Robert Noorduyn and based on conventional Fokker designs. The mixed-material construction featured a welded steel tube frame for the fuselage and tail surfaces that were covered in fabric as well as a large wing constructed of wood with a wingspan of 14.55 m, mounted above the fuselage. Although the overall design was quite "clean," all cables, horns and attachments were mounted externally, adding considerably to the drag.

When the Fokker Universal (known within Fokker as the Model 4) was first developed in 1925, it had a 149 kW (200 hp) Wright J-4 or a 164 kW (220 hp) J-5 engine. The later Standard Universal version was powered by a 246 kW (330 hp) Wright J-6-9 engine. Two gasoline tanks were mounted in the wings near the forward edge. As typical of the era, the pilot sat in an open cockpit forward of the wing's leading edge. The enclosed cabin below and to the rear of the pilot held four to six passengers or could be fitted for cargo hauling. Cargo capacity was estimated to be approximately 427 kg (940 lb); fuel capacity was 280 l (78 US gal) or 213 kg (468 lb). Wikipedia

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Fokker Universal

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

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last update: 2021-10-11 18:41:38

Universal G‑CYXA


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Aircraft found to be overweight, never taken on strength. Later to civil register as CF-AFL. Registered to Western Canada Airways of Winnipeg on 9 August 1929. Damaged beyond repair in December 1933, when it sank through the ice at Sydney Lake, Manitoba. last update: 2024-February-19
   1929-April-12 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1929-August-09 Sold as Surplus Sold. 2019-08-20
   1929-August-09 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 199

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