|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 TWA Flight 599 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.
Variants[edit | edit source]
- 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.
- United States Navy designation for the evaluation of one F.10A.
Operators[edit | edit source]
Civil operators[edit | edit source]
- American Airways
- Pan Am
- Universal Airlines
- Western Air Express (launch customer )
Military operators[edit | edit source]
Accidents and incidents[edit | edit source]
- 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, TWA Flight 599 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.
Specifications[edit | edit source]
Data from Aero Favourites 
- Crew: 2
- Capacity: 12 passengers
- Length: 50 ft 7 in (15.41 m)
- Wingspan: 79 ft 1 in (24.10 m)
- Height: 12 ft 8 in (3.86 m)
- Empty weight: 7,716 lb (3,500 kg)
- Loaded weight: 13,007 lb (5,900 kg)
- Powerplant: 3 × Pratt & Whitney Wasp radial engines, 420 hp (313 kW) each
- Cruise speed: 105 kn (195 km/h)
- Range: 691 nmi (1,280 km)
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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- "The Fokker "F-10" Monoplane: An American-built Three-engined Commercial Model". December 13, 1928. pp. 1048–1049. http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1928/1928%20-%201142.html. 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.)
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