NVI F.K.35

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F.K.35
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The F.K.35 at the Paris Aero Show 1926
Role Two seat fighter aircraft
National origin Netherlands
Manufacturer Nationale Vliegtuig Industrie (National Aircraft Industry or NVI)
Designer Frederick Koolhoven
First flight not flown

The NVI F.K.35 or Koolhoven F.K.35 was a two seat fighter aircraft built in the Netherlands during 1926. It was completed and exhibited but, through a combination of ground accident and financial problems, never flown.

Design and development[edit]

The F.K.35 was the last of Frederick Koolhoven's designs for Nationale Vliegtuig Industrie (NVI) before its financial collapse in early 1927. It was a two seat, single engine fighter aircraft, unusual in being configurable either as a monoplane or as a biplane.[1] The thinking was that most air forces would fly the faster monoplane but small countries might prefer the more economical biplane.[2] Completed before the Paris Aero Show of 1926, it was severely damaged whilst transporting it there for exhibition. Though its fuselage was hastily replaced in time for the show, it never flew.[1]

In its monoplane configuration the K.K.35 was a low wing aircraft.[2] Its wing was an all wood, singe piece structure covered in plywood. It had constant chord, rounded tips and significant dihedral and was braced from above with two parallel struts on each side to the upper fuselage longerons.[3] In biplane mode the upper wing was mounted with no stagger, braced by N-form interplane struts; there were neither dihedral or ailerons on this wing.[2] The empennage was conventional, with a straight tapered horizontal tail set on the top of the fuselage well forward of the vertical, narrow fin which, like with the rudder were also straight edged.[1]

The fuselage was a flat sided tubular steel structure, deep at the rear but sloping down to the nose from about mid-chord. Since the pilot's open cockpit was well forward, it was lower than that of the gunner in the rear cockpit making forward fire safer. The gunner's seat, twin Lewis machine gun and ammunition were contained within a novel turret, a vertical axis cylinder which could be power rotated in any direction under lever control. The power was provided by a flywheel which the gunner spun up through a pedal mechanism. It was claimed that once up to full speed the wheel stored enough energy to power the turret over one or two minute of engagement.[3] One of these turrets had already been fitted to the F.K.35[1] but there was not enough time to remount it in the new fuselage for the Paris Show.[3]

The F.K.35 was powered by a 600 hp (444 kW) Bristol Pegasus VI nine cylinder radial engine driving a two blade propeller.[1][2] Its fuel was held in lower wing tanks, which could be jettisoned in an emergency. Its fixed undercarriage was conventional, with a wide track. The mainwheels were mounted on bent axles hinged on the central fuselage bottom, forming a central transverse inverted V; the outer ends of the axles were supported by a vertical oleo strut and an oblique strut, together forming a V attached to the wing underside beneath the ends of the wing struts.[3]

Specifications[edit]

The monoplane and biplane configurations of the F.K.35. The fin of the completed aircraft was much narrower and upright.

Data from Flight 2 December 1926[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Length: 8.60 m (28 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.50 m (34 ft 5 in)
  • Empty weight: 896 kg (1,975 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,568 kg (3,457 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Bristol Jupiter VI 9-cylinder radial, 450 kW (600 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 260 km/h (162 mph; 140 kn) at 3,000 m (9, 840 ft) This and other performance figures is an estimate.
  • Time to altitude: 14 min to 5,000 m (16,400)
  • Landing speed: 88.5 km/h (55 mph)

Armament

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Wesselink, Theo; Postma, Thijs (1982). De Nederlandse vliegtuigen. Haarlem: Romem. p. 65. ISBN 90 228 3792 0. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Paris Aero Show 1926 - Koolhoven". Flight. XVIII (48): p.781. 2 December 1926. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Paris Aero Show 1926 - Koolhoven". Flight. XVIII (51): p.1226–7. 23 December 1926.