Fokker F.25

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F.25 Promotor
Role Civil utility aircraft
Manufacturer Fokker
First flight 1946
Number built 20

The Fokker F.25 Promotor, first flown in 1946, was a single-engined, twin-boomed, four-passenger monoplane with a pusher engine mounted at the rear of a central nacelle. It was of wooden construction and has fitted with a retractable nosewheel undercarriage. One feature of the design was that instead of a 2 + 2 seating, the pilot sat in front to the left, and all three passengers were on a bench seat to the rear of him. Alternatively, when being used as an air ambulance aircraft, it could carry a patient on a stretcher, which was loaded through a hatch in the aircraft's nose.[1] The F.25 was evocative of the pre-war G.I design.[2] The F.25 was based upon the design of the Difoga 421 aircraft, home-built and -designed secretly during World War II by Frits Diepen, a Ford garage owner from Tilburg, the Netherlands. His intention was to escape from German-occupied Europe to Britain using this aircraft that was powered by a Ford V-8.

Although 20 F.25 aircraft were constructed, sales were disappointing for the same reason that thwarted the sales prospects of so many American post-war designs. A newly built aircraft could not compete in cost with the thousands of surplus aircraft on the market in the years following the war.

Specifications (Fokker F25)[edit]

Data from Promotor In The Air[3]

General characteristics

Performance

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith Flight 5 August 1948, pp. 143–144.
  2. ^ Flight 3 October 1946, p. 359.
  3. ^ Smith Flight 5 August 1948, p. 145.
  • "Fokker Redivivus". Flight (3 October 1946): p. 359. 
  • Smith, Maurice A. "Promotor in The Air". Flight (5 August 1948): pp. 143–145. 
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 407. 
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 894 Sheet 38. 
  • dutch-aviation.nl