Fokker D.XVII

The Fokker D.XVII was a biplane fighter aircraft of the Dutch manufacturer Fokker.

History and construction

The D.XVII was derived from the Fokker D.XVI twenties, equip them with the aim of the colonial troops in the Dutch East Indies with a new combat aircraft. The prototype first flew on 27 November 1931, in February 1932, he took up in a comparison test against the Curtiss P- 6D, which were already acquired in 1930. The colonial army procured the machine does not, however, ordered the Dutch Air Force 10 pieces.

The prototype was powered by a 500 hp Curtiss Conqueror piston engine series models received the Rolls- Royce Kestrel with 444 kW. The biplane consisted of a welded steel tube fuselage with fabric covering and wings made ​​of plywood. Although a good plane, the era of the biplane was over, so that the machine was from 1939 withdrawn from the front line and replaced by more modern machinery in the role as a fighter. Until the outbreak of the Second World War, they only came in flight schools to use.

Military user

  • Netherlands The Netherlands