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Fokker C.VII-W

The Fokker C.VII-W was a reconnaissance seaplane built in the Netherlands in the late 1920s.

Sharing elements of the highly successful C.V design, the C.VII-W was a conventional, single-bay biplane with wings of unequal span braced with N-struts.

The undercarriage consisted of a standard twin-pontoon arrangement, and the fin and rudder continued through to the ventral side of the fuselage, creating a cruciform tail.

The pilot and observer sat in tandem, open cockpits.

The wing structure was wooden with fabric and plywood covering, and the fuselage was of steel tube construction with fabric covering.

The first twelve of the thirty examples produced were sent to the Dutch East Indies, with the rest remaining in the Netherlands.

The type was withdrawn from front-line service in 1940, but some machines remained active in the East Indies as trainers until the Japanese invasion in 1942.





9.98 m (32 ft 9 in)


12.9 m (42 ft 4 in)


4 m (13 ft 1 in)

Wing area

37 m2 (400 sq ft)

Empty weight

1,102 kg (2,429 lb)

Training mission

1,120 kg (2,470 lb)

Gross weight

1,415 kg (3,120 lb)

Training mission

1,620 kg (3,570 lb)

Fuel capacity

330 l (87 US gal; 73 imp gal) fuel; 30 l (7.9 US gal; 6.6 imp gal) oil


1 × Armstrong Siddeley Lynx 7-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 168 kW (225 hp)


2-bladed fixed pitch propeller


Maximum speed

160 km/h (99 mph, 86 kn)

Cruise speed

130 km/h (81 mph, 70 kn)

Landing speed

70 km/h (43 mph; 38 kn)

Service ceiling

Training mission

3,600 m (11,800 ft)

Reconnaissance mission

3,200 m (10,500 ft)

Time to altitude

1,000 m (3,300 ft) in 6.8 minutes (training) 

9 minutes (reconnaissance)

2,000 m (6,600 ft) in 15.8 minutes (training)

21 minutes (reconnaissance)

Wing loading

38.2 kg/m2 (7.8 lb/sq ft)



Reconnaissance mission

Provision for a machine gun on a Scarff ring in the rear cockpit


Reconnaissance mission

Provision for light bomb racks under the observer’s cockpit.


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