Fokker S-11

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S11 Instructor
Fokker S11 (PH-GRY).jpg
Role Trainer
Manufacturer Fokker
First flight 18 December 1947
Primary users Royal Netherlands Air Force
Royal Netherlands Navy
Brazilian Air Force
Israeli Air Force

The Fokker S-11 Instructor is a single engine two seater propeller aircraft designed and manufactured by the former Dutch aircraft manufacturer Fokker.

History[edit]

One of the first activities undertaken by Fokker after World War II was the design of a new military aircraft for initial pilot training, the S-11 Instructor. An aircraft trader already placed orders for 100 of these aircraft in 1946, before construction had even begun. The first prototype flew at Schiphol on 18 December 1947. During testing in early 1948 it was found that some aerodynamic changes had to be made to improve the handling of the aircraft. Later that year demonstration flights for several air forces followed and eventually many S-11s were sold to the Royal Netherlands Air Force, Israeli Air Force, Italian Air Force, Brazilian Air Force, Paraguayan Air Force and Bolivian Air Force. Some 170 aircraft were license built in Italy as the Macchi M.416. A limited number of S-11 Instructors are still flying today. The Dutch organization Fokker Four dedicated to the preservation of the aircraft operates four S-11s and amongst other activities still performs with them on airshows.

A version of the S-11 fitted with tricycle landing gear, the S-12, was built by Fokker Industria Aeronautica in Brazil, and was used by the Brazilian Air Force as the T-22 Instructor.

Operators[edit]

S-12 prototype in Dutch civilian markings
 Brazil
 Bolivia
 Israel
 Italy
  • Italian Air Force operated 178 aircraft built by Macchi under licence as Macchi M.416 from 1951 to 1960s[1]
 Netherlands
 Paraguay

Specifications (S-11)[edit]

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1953–54.[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: two/three
  • Length: 8.18 m (26 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 11.0 m (36 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 2.22 m (7 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 18.5 m² (199 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 810 kg (1,784 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 1,100 kg (2,426 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-435A, 142 kW (190 hp)

Performance

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ .aeroflight
  2. ^ Bridgman 1953, pp. 169–170.
  3. ^ Smith 1949, p.220.
  • Bridgeman, Leonard. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1953–54. London: Jane's All The World's Aircraft Publishing Company, 1953.
  • Smith, Maurice A. "Fokker S.11 Instructor in the Air". Flight, 24 February 1949. pp. 218–221.

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