Fokker T.V

1st Flight 1937

The Fokker T.V was a twin-engine bomber,  built for the Netherlands Air Force.

It was modern for its time, but by the German invasion of 1940, it was outclassed by the airplanes of the Luftwaffe.

Nevertheless, the T.V was used with some success against the German onslaught.

The first 11 T.Vs, by now considered medium bombers, were delivered in 1938, with the last 4 following in 1939.

Although it had good handling characteristics, it suffered from reliability problems with its engines and propellers, and by the summer of 1939, the Netherlands was planning to purchase 24 Dornier Do 215s to replace them.

On 10 May 1940, Germany invaded the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

The T.V saw its first combat, when taking off from Schiphol to avoid air attack, eight T.Vs encountered a formation of German bombers, shooting down two.

After this, the T.V reverted to its primary bomber role, being used in attacks against German airborne troops landing at The Hague and Rotterdam.

By the end of the first day of fighting only two T.Vs were serviceable, being sent against bridges over the River Maas at Rotterdam on 11 May, where a further aircraft was shot down, with the final T.V being shot down during attacks on bridges at Moerdijk on 13 May.

As the T.V lacked self-sealing fuel tanks, they gained a reputation for rapidly catching fire when hit by enemy fire.

16 aircraft built.

Specifications

Crew: 5

Length: 16 m (52 ft 6 in)

Wingspan: 21 m (68 ft 11 in)

Height: 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in) tail down

Wing area: 66.2 m2 (713 sq ft)

Airfoil: root: NACA 23017; tip: NACA 23009

Empty weight: 4,650 kg (10,251 lb)

Gross weight: 7,250 kg (15,984 lb)

Max take-off weight: 7,650 kg (16,865 lb)

Powerplant: 2 × Bristol Pegasus XXVI 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines, 690 kW (930 hp) each

Propellers: 3-bladed variable-pitch propellers

Performance

Maximum speed: 417 km/h (259 mph, 225 kn)

Cruise speed: 335 km/h (208 mph, 181 kn)

Range: 1,550 km (960 mi, 840 nmi)

Service ceiling: 8,550 m (28,050 ft)

Time to altitude: 5,000 m (16,404 ft) in 13 minutes 6 seconds

Armament

Guns:

1 × 20 mm (.38 in) Vliegtuigmitrailleur M.37 (Solothurn S18-350) cannon for the nose gunner

5 × 7.92 mm (.31 in) Mitrailleur M.20 Vliegtuig (Lewis gun without jacket) in dorsal, ventral, and lateral positions, as well as in the tail cupola

Bombs: 1 200 kg (2,645 lb) of bombs.

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