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The prototype was powered by an unsupercharged 500+ hp Curtiss Conqueror. A later model was configured with a Rolls-Royce Kestrel of 600 hp and plans were made for a Hispano-Suiza Xbre variant. The biplane was made up of a welded steel tube fuselage with fabric covering and plywood wooden wing construction.
On 18 January 1935, it set a Dutch high-altitude record, flown by Lieutenant René Wittert van Hoogland. Although many pilots noted it was a nice plane, it suffered several setbacks and numerous problems resulting in accidents, most of them during take-off or landing when the plane flipped over.
In May 1939, the aircraft was considered obsolete and used in fighter pilot training for the LVA Flying School.
Airspeed Ltd. in England had a licence to build Fokker aircraft and considered making the Fokker D.XVII fighter for Greece as the Airspeed AS.17; Greece wanted to buy from Britain for currency reasons. Shute and a Fokker representative "who was well accustomed to methods of business in the Balkans" spent three weeks in Athens but did not close the deal: Shute recommended reading his novel Ruined City to find out what those methods were.
- Length: 7.25 m (23 ft 9 in)
- Wingspan: 9.60 m (31 ft 6 in)
- Height: 3.00 m (9 ft 10 in)
- Wing area: 20.00 m² (215.28 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 1,070 kg (2,359 lb)
- Loaded weight: 1,530 kg (3,373 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Rolls Royce Kestrel IIS 12-cylinder, liquid-cooled, (595 hp)
- Guns: 2 × machine guns 7.92 mm
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