Fokker F.12

1930

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Fokker F.12

Another development of the F.VII/3m, but smaller than the F.IX, the Fokker F.XII prototype made its maiden flight at the beginning of 1930 and entered service on the KLM route to Batavia in March 1931. Ten more were built by Fokker, all for operation by KLM and its Far Eastern subsidiary KNILM, except for the final machine which was sold to Sweden and operated by AB Aerotransport as the Varmland.

The Dutch-operated F.XIIs maintained the routes to the Far East for two years, and were then switched to the European services connecting Amsterdam with London, Paris, Berlin and other principal cities. On the European runs the F.XIIs carried a crew of two and 16 passengers, but on the Far East route only four passengers were carried in a fair degree of comfort on fully reclining seats.

The Danish Orlogsvaerftet built two F.XIIs under licence for the national airline DDL to operate on the Copenhagen-Berlin route. The second, delivered in May 1935, was designated F.XIIM and had some aerodynamic refinements resulting in improved performance.

Six Dutch F.XIIs were later sold to British operators, and in turn four of the British machines were re-sold to the Spanish government, which had already bought the last KLM-operated aircraft. All were flown in the Spanish Civil War and were lost during the course of the conflict.

Last survivors were the Swedish aircraft and the Danish F.XIIM, the first scrapped in 1946 and the second a year later.

Specification 
 PASSENGERS16
 ENGINE3 x Pratt & Whitney Wasp C radial piston engines, 317kW
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight7250 kg15984 lb
  Empty weight4350 kg9590 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan23.02 m76 ft 6 in
  Length17.80 m58 ft 5 in
  Height4.72 m16 ft 6 in
  Wing area83.00 m2893.40 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed230 km/h143 mph
  Cruise speed205 km/h127 mph
  Ceiling3400 m11150 ft
  Range1300 km808 miles

Comments
C. B. Cohen, e-mail, 14.02.2013 03:51

I would to find a model of the Fokker Trimotor for sale. Do you know of any?

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Gösta Björe, e-mail, 15.10.2010 20:00

I remember the Fokker F 12 "Värmland" which made flights over Stockholm every weekend after 1945. The plane burnd outside the Hangar in Bromma Airport 9th of april 1947. I was there and sow it with my ovne eyes. The letters was
SE-ACZ.

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Budd Cohen, e-mail, 15.01.2010 03:09

I am not sure if I have the right model here; but, I had my first flight (as a "sightseer") in a Fokker Trimoter plane in 1932 out of Floyd Bennet Field in Long Island, NY. It probably influenced the rest of my life. I became an Aero Engineer, and much later designed spacecraft.

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John Bech, e-mail, 13.02.2008 23:53

I am sorry that there not seems to be any plastic-kit of the Fokker XII aviable - or do it exists?

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