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Aeroplane Model - Fokker F.VIIA-3m, 1927 Object Reg. No: ST 016514

Aircraft History

The Dutch aircraft designer Anthony Fokker had been one of the leading early innovators and manufacturers of civil and military aircraft. His fighter aircraft designs used during World War One by the German Air Sevice included the Eindekker monoplane, Dr.1 triplane and F.VII biplane. Fokker continued to produce aircraft after the war for the emerging civil aviation market. German designer Walter Rethel worked for Fokker in the early 1920s (Rethel later worked for BFW in Germany and was co-designer of the Bf-109 fighter). His F.VII and F.VIIA high-wing monoplane design had a single engine but the F.VIIA-3m was fitted with three engines. The prototype had been commissioned for the Ford Reliability Tour in America. It was a success and was put into production in two versions as the F.VIIA-3m and F.VIIB-3m. The type was popular with long distance flyers and was used in the Arctic by Richard Byrd. Charles Kingsford Smith and three crew used a modified Fokker F.VIIB-3m 'Southern Cross' for the first trans-Pacific flight from America to Australia in 1928. Other users included Amelia Earhart and Hubert Wilkins. About 116 aircraft of both types were built. The type was built under licence in the UK as the Avro X. Several Avro X aircraft equipped Australian National Airways in the early 1930s operating the first regular interstate air service in Australia. One of these aircraft was the 'Southern Cloud' which disappeared over the Snowy Mountains in March 1931 and was only discovered in 1958.

Model History

This 1:25 (approx) scale model of a F.VIIA-3m trimotor was donated to the Museum by Nederlandische Vliegtuigenfabrie, N. V (Fokker) of Holland in 1927 following a written request by curator R. Henry Walcott for information and plans for the F.VII in March 1926. Evidently the Museum was deeply disappointed with the toylike construction of this model. Walcott later commissioned a highly accurate model of Kingsford Smith's 'Southern Cross' from Harold P. Wood of Benalla.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Nererlandische Vliegtuigenfabrie, N. V., 1927
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: model aeroplanes, modelmaking, passenger aircraft, scale models
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: AIR TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Aircraft
Tertiary Classification: model propeller aircraft - passenger
Original Source: Nererlandische Vliegtuigenfabrie, N. V., Amsterdam, Holland, Netherlands, 11 Aug 1927

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