Fokker T.5


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Fokker T.5

The Netherlands possessed only one type of medium bomber when the Germans attacked on 10 May 1940: the Fokker T.V. Consideration had already been given to its replacement by the T.IX, but only the prototype of the latter had been completed. No T.V prototype was built, the first to fly on 16 October 1937 being one of a batch of 16 ordered for the Netherlands air force earlier that year. The rather ungainly looking aircraft went into service the following year, with the only Dutch bomber squadron, having rather poor stability and proving something of a handful to fly. The type was reasonably well protected by machine-guns and its bombload was carried internally.

All 16 aircraft had been delivered before the outbreak of hostilities, but on the day of the German invasion only nine were serviceable. Nevertheless they fought valiantly, destroying almost 30 German aircraft on the ground at Waal-haven airfield and making heavy attacks on the bridges over the Maas before being destroyed (two were shot down by Dutch gunners), and only one T.V survived at the time of the Dutch surrender.

Fokker T.5A three-view drawing (707 x 869)

 MODELFokker T.5
 ENGINE2 x Bristol Pegasus XXVI, 690kW
  Take-off weight7235 kg15951 lb
  Empty weight4640 kg10230 lb
  Wingspan21.0 m69 ft 11 in
  Length16.0 m53 ft 6 in
  Height5.0 m16 ft 5 in
  Wing area66.2 m2712.57 sq ft
  Max. speed415 km/h258 mph
  Cruise speed320 km/h199 mph
  Ceiling7700 m25250 ft
  Range1630 km1013 miles
 ARMAMENT6 x 7.9mm machine-guns, 1000kg of bombs

laurent penin, e-mail, 10.04.2010 17:21

the fokker t V had a 20 mm solothum forward firing gun which proved efficient the first day of german assault , claiming 3 ju 88A of the 9 /KG4


A. Kooijman, e-mail, 20.11.2008 15:26

De T-5 was niet geheel metaal maar was gedeeltelijk met linnen bekleed De T-9 was wel geheel metaal maar is niet vernietigd op Schiphol maar de romp heeft nog een hele tijd in de TU in Delft gehangen en waar hij gebleven is laat zich raden. (nederland is niet zo zuinig op zijn erfgoed)


Eddy, e-mail, 24.11.2006 19:58

There was also a Fokker T9 Bomber. The prototype was destroyed at Schiphol airport May 10th 1940!


P van der Sman, e-mail, 08.01.2007 00:32

Het eerste geheel door Fokker gebouwde metalen vliegtuig, bestemd ter vervanging van de Glen Martins voor de Indische Luchtmacht.Werd niet bij het bombardement vernield


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