Developed from the successful Fokker F.VII, five of which were built in 1924-25, the Fokker F.VIIA flew on 12 March 1925 with a 298kW Packard Liberty engine. Following a demonstration tour of the United States, a number of orders were secured and further orders came from European operators. Almost 50 single-engined F.VIIAs were built, some of which were converted later to F.VIIA-3m standard with three engines. This variant, together with the slightly larger-span F.VIIB-3m, formed the backbone of many European airline operations in the early 1930s, with licence-production also being undertaken in Belgium, Italy, Poland and the UK.
Although two F.VIIAs were supplied to the Royal Netherlands air force and one to the RAF, the only example known to have been used by the military in World War II was the 12th production F.VIIA which, after a chequered career in the Netherlands and Denmark, was presented to the Finnish Red Cross and operated in military markings in the Continuation War which began in 1941. Those operated by the Netherlands and Polish air forces were destroyed at an early stage of the German invasion of these two nations.
| MODEL||Fokker F.7A|
| ENGINE||1 x Gnome Rhone Jupiter, 298kW|
| Take-off weight||3650 kg||8047 lb|
| Empty weight||1950 kg||4299 lb|
| Wingspan||19.3 m||63 ft 4 in|
| Length||14.35 m||47 ft 1 in|
| Height||3.9 m||13 ft 10 in|
| Wing area||58.5 m2||629.69 sq ft|
| Max. speed||185 km/h||115 mph|
| Cruise speed||155 km/h||96 mph|
| Ceiling||2600 m||8550 ft|
| Range||1160 km||721 miles|
|A three-view drawing (694 x 778)|
Kingsford Smiths aircraft is located at the Brisbane airport. It is the real thing and not a replica. A flying replica was built for Australia's Bicentenary in 1988. I am led to believe it is currently being restored after landing gear collapsed many years ago.
Un ami est en train de monter la maqutte de cet avion sur le site francais "Fighters",il aimerait savoir ce qui apparaît sur certaines photos de ces appareils:des protubérences sur l'aile au-dessus du cockpit,il y en a parfois quatre,parfois cinq et cetaines sont ajourrées.Moi je pense à des points d'ancrages destinés à soulever l'appareil.
Unless I am mistaken, this aircraft was the one used by Kingsford Smith in his record breaking crossing of the Pacific from Oaklands(USA)to Australia - and also his crossing from Australia to New Zealand - both are world's first. Smithy was perhaps the greatest aviator of his time - lost during an England to Australia record attempt and never found. He called his aircraft "Southern Cross" the replica is on display at Brisbane (Queensland- Australia) International airport
|D. N. CHAUDHURI, 13.01.2011|
World famous poet Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Lauriate,flew in a Fokker F-7 from Calcutta, India to Persia in 1932.
His expeience of flying is described vividly in his book Japan and Persia. I wrote about this journey in a Bengali magazine in 1994,after flying by KLM to Delhi and a picture of F-7 on Coffee sugar sachet. DN Chaudhuri
|Wouter Hobe, 25.09.2009|
I flew as a passenger for the first time over Batavia, N.E.I. I was 6 years old in 1939. I remember the wicker seat, 5 on either side of the isle and the windows could be opened.
|Jim Moran, 07.05.2007|
Hi, I am a 90 yr. old blind author interested in obtaining a clear photo. of a Fokker FVII(1924) or a Fokker FVIIa. Would you be able to help or direct me to another source? Please e-mail me if you can help. Very interesting and informative article. Many thanks, Jim Moran(typed by L.L.-secretary).
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?