|Role||Passenger and military transport|
|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Fokker Aircraft Corporation of America|
|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 a Transcontinental & Western Air F-10 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.
- Initial production variant
- Improved and revised 14-passenger variant powered by three 420 hp (310 kW) Pratt & Whitney Wasp radial engines, often called the Super Trimotor.
- United States Army designation for the evaluation of one re-engined F-10A powered by three Wright R-975 radials.
- Light bomber version.
- United States Navy designation for the evaluation of one F-10A.
- American Airways
- Pan Am
- Universal Airlines
- Western Air Express (launch customer )
- Boston-Maine Airways
Accidents and incidents
- 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, a Transcontinental & Western Air F-10 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.
- Crew: 1 pilot
- Capacity: 12 passengers
- Length: 50 ft 8 in (15.44 m)
- Wingspan: 71 ft 2 in (21.69 m)
- Height: 12 ft 5 in (3.78 m)
- Wing area: 728 sq ft (67.6 m2)
- Empty weight: 6,550 lb (2,971 kg)
- Gross weight: 11,500 lb (5,216 kg)
- Powerplant: 3 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines, 425 hp (317 kW) each
- Propellers: 3-bladed metal propellers
- Maximum speed: 140 mph (225 km/h; 122 kn)
- Cruise speed: 120 mph (193 km/h; 104 kn)
- Landing speed: 55 mph (48 kn; 89 km/h)
- Range: 795 mi (691 nmi; 1,279 km)
- Service ceiling: 18,000 ft (5,500 m)
- Rate of climb: 1,420 ft/min (7.2 m/s)
- Time to altitude: 10,000 ft (3,000 m) in 10 minutes
- Wing loading: 15.8 lb/sq ft (77 kg/m2)
- Power/mass: 9.05 lb/hp (5.50 kg/kW)
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- AAHS Journal: 42. Spring 2004. Missing or empty
- Living History
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-29. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
- Cargo Aircraft Designations
- Grey, C.G., ed. (1928). Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1928. London: Sampson Low, Marston & company, ltd. pp. 18d–19d.
- "Fokker F.VII". aerofavourites.nl. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Fokker F.10.|
- "The Fokker "F-10" Monoplane: An American-built Three-engined Commercial Model". Flight. XX (50): 1048–1049. December 13, 1928. Retrieved October 17, 2012. A contemporary technical article on the Fokker F-10. (Though the article does not mention the long-winged F-10A, the table of specs at the end appear to be for this version. Specs in the rest of the article are for the original F-10.)