Profile Publications No. 134 The Fokker G-1

could b enc fit from Fokker’s expcricncc. The aircraft was reportedly left in the open air to see whether the wooden Fok­ker wing construction could stand the rigours of the British climate, some­thing it apparently did very well because reports say that the aircraft was finally broken up after the war. The Luftwaffe used about twenty G-IB aircraft but nothing is known about their whereabouts or their German service life. A good idea o f the standard Dutch camouflage pattern maybe gained from these views o f No. 313 (above and left). Note also the non-retractable tail wheel centrally positioned under the elevator. very promising G-2 never materialized. More directly related to the G-l was anew bomber designed from Fokker, the T-6. When in 1937 the T-5 bomber, which was at that time being delivered to the Army Air Corps, proved to be disappointing it was clear that anew and faster bomber would be necessary in the not too distant future. The T-5 design did not lend itself for further development, but the G-l did. Thus at a meeting between representa­tives of the Army Air Corps and Fokker the Air Corps specified that the new bomber should have a speed of 300 m.p.h. and a bomb load of at least 2,200 lbs. Fokker then designed an enlarged version of the G-l, the centre fuselage of which would be about one and a halftimes as large as the G-I, allowing a crew of four to be accommodated. Further, a perspex bombing nose with movable armament should befitted, which would render the T-6 capable of opera­ting as an air defence fighter. The design in itself looked very promising but when it transpired that the T-9 bomber, underdevelopment for the Netherlands Indies Army Air Corps, would also be able to meet the requirements at home it was decided to drop the T-6 project. Total production of the G-l was thus limited to 62 aircraft. It is a great pity that none of them survived to be preserved. Only a few parts could be saved during the war and these may at sometime in the future be seen in a Dutch Air Force Museum which at the time of writing is instill the plan­ning stage. ©B. van der Klaauw, 1966. FUR T HER DEVELOPMENT SAt the beginning of this Profile it was outpointed that the G-l marked the start of anew category of Fokker aircraft. This category did not have any further representatives although Fokker actually started the development of an aircraft which was designated G-2. This was to abe heavy twin-engined fighter aircraft, designed after a specification issued by the Dutch Army Air Corps in the summer of 1939. Fokker submitted four separate designs for this aircraft, numbered 154,195,198 and 199, of which the design marked 154 was the basic type from which the G-2 design was later developed. On 19th October 1939 the Army Air Corps notified Fokker about its intention to purchase twenty G-2 aircraft and the construction of a mock-up was started which was ready for inspection on 15th January 1940. The G-2, as it was then, would have been a twin- engined four-seat aircraft with a single fuselage, powered by two Mercedes DB-600H engines. The design featured twin fins and rudders and was not unlike the T-9 bomber built at the same time by Fokker. It was intended to be used as light bomber, strategic reconnaissance aircraft and heavy fighter, the reconnaissance version unofficially dubbed C-16. The war however intervened and consequently the 10
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