Fokker T.VIII

Specifications

1st Flight 1938

Crew: 3

Length: 13 m (42 ft 8 in)

Wingspan: 18 m (59 ft 1 in)

Height: 5 m (16 ft 5 in)

Gross weight: 5,000 kg (11,023 lb)

Powerplant: 2 × Wright R-975-E3 Whirlwind 9-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engines, 336 kW (451 hp) each

Performance

Maximum speed: 285 km/h (177 mph, 154 kn) at 3,000 m (9,843 ft)

Range: 2,750 km (1,710 mi, 1,480 nmi)

Service ceiling: 6,800 m (22,300 ft)

Armament

2 × 7.92 (0.312 in) machine guns

600 kg (1,323 lb) of bombs or torpedoes

Variants

The Fokker T.VIII was a twin-engined torpedo bomber and aerial reconnaissance floatplane.

It was developed in the late 1930s as a more-capable successor to the Fokker T.IV.

While the Dutch Naval Aviation Service had originally desired for its use in both the home waters and in the Dutch East Indies, the Second World War broke out as production was ramping up to meet these needs.

In addition to its service in the Netherlands, both the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Luftwaffe would operate small numbers of the type.

T.VIII W/G

Mixed wood and metal construction. 19 built.

T.VIII W/M

All-metal construction. 12 built.

T.VIII W/C

Larger version with more powerful engines.

Five had been ordered by Finland, but were captured and used by the Luftwaffe.

 

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