Fokker F.10

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Fokker F.10
Role Passenger and military transport
National origin United States
Manufacturer Fokker Aircraft Corporation of America
Introduction 1927
Number built 65
Developed from Fokker F.VII

The Fokker F.10 was an enlarged version of the Fokker F.VII airliner, built in the late 1920s by the Fokker Aircraft Corporation of America. It carried 12 passengers, four more than the F.VII, and had a larger wing and more powerful engines.

Fokker built 65 for U.S. commercial and military service. After the crash of TWA Flight 599 in 1931, which was caused in part by the deterioration of the wooden structure in the F.10's wing, the type was temporarily grounded, and it was required to undergo more frequent and rigorous inspection and maintenance. Its public image was also greatly damaged, leading to its early retirement from U.S. airlines.

Variants[edit]

F.10
Initial production variant
F.10A
Improved and revised 14-passenger variant powered by three 420 hp (310 kW) Pratt & Whitney Wasp radial engines,[1] often called the Super Trimotor.
C-5
United States Army designation for the evaluation of one re-engined F.10A powered by three Wright R-975 radials.
RA-4
United States Navy designation for the evaluation of one F.10A.

Operators[edit]

Civil operators[edit]

 United States
 Mexico

Military operators[edit]

 United States

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On June 10, 1929, a Pan Am F.10, registration NC9700 and named Cuba, struck telephone wires and crashed while taking off from Santiago de Cuba bound for Havana, killing two of five on board. The aircraft failed to gain altitude due to a waterlogged runway.
  • On March 31, 1931, TWA Flight 599 crashed near Bazaar, Kansas after a wing separated in flight, killing all eight on board, including football coach Knute Rockne.
  • On March 19, 1932, an American Airways F.10A, registration NC652E, struck power lines in heavy fog and crashed into an orchard near Calimesa, California, killing all seven on board.
  • On September 8, 1932, an American Airways F.10, registration NC9716, crashed into a mountain in poor weather near Salt Flat, Texas, killing three of four on board.

Specifications[edit]

Data from Aero Favourites [4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 12 passengers
  • Length: 50 ft 7 in (15.41 m)
  • Wingspan: 79 ft 1 in (24.10 m)
  • Height: 12 ft 8 in (3.86 m)
  • Empty weight: 7,716 lb (3,500 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 13,007 lb (5,900 kg)
  • Powerplant: 3 × Pratt & Whitney Wasp radial engines, 420 hp (313 kW) each

Performance

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ AAHS Journal: 42. Spring 2004. 
  2. ^ Living History
  3. ^ Cargo Aircraft Designations
  4. ^ Aero Favourites

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