Fokker T-IX – the “Might Have Been…”

Fokker was quite upset by the loss of his commercial market to Douglas and the Dutch East Indies military market to Glenn Martin. In an attempt to re-coup their losses, Fokker Aircraft belatedly switched to all-metal aircraft construction. One of their key projects was the Fokker T-IX medium bomber, seen as a possible replacement for the ML/KNIL’s Glenn Martin B-10 fleet that was rapidly approaching obsolescence.

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Preparing the sole T-IX for another demonstration flight. Schiphol Airport, early 1940 – Source unknown

The T-IX, made its first flight at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on September 10, 1939, piloted by T.H. (“Hidde”) Leegstra. Its two Bristol Hercules II 14-cylinder twin row radial engines of 1,375 hp gave it a top speed of around 440 Km/h (270 mph). The airplane carried a crew of five and its armament consisted of a nose mounted 20mm gun and two defensive 7.7 mm guns (0.303 Inch) in dorsal and ventral positions. A maximum bomb load of 2000 Kg (4400 Lbs.) could be carried over short distances.

On September 23, 1939 a demo session was held for a ML/KNIL delegation (for which the T-IX was re-serialled “701”) but no orders were placed. From then on the plane was serialled “970”. On March 8, 1940, while making a routine landing at Schiphol Airport, the T-IX’s landing gear collapsed and the aircraft suffered considerable damage

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March 8, 1940: T-IX on its belly after its landing gear collapsed during a routine touch-down.- Source: H. Dekker

Before the airplane could be repaired the German Wehrmacht unleashed its “Blitzkrieg” against the Low Countries. The Netherlands capitulated on May 15, 1940 and all Fokker’s assets were seized. Luftwaffe technical teams inspected the wreckage of the T-IX but showed no interest, apart from removing the Bristol Hercules engines.

The airframe was damaged further during allied bombardments of Schiphol Airport. At the conclusion of the war in Europe some T-IX parts ended up at Delft Technical University and at Gilze Rijen Airfield. They were scrapped in 1960.

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About Kingsleyr

Thank you for visiting my blog! The posts you find here are a direct result of my research into aviation and military history. I use the information I gather as a foundation and background for my books. You may call the genre historical fiction, a story woven into a background of solid and verifiable historical facts. However, the period and region I have chosen to write about (late 1930's - 1950's in South-East Asia) are jam-packed with interesting information and anecdotes. If I'd used them all I would swamp the stories. So this blog is the next best thing. It is an "overflow area" in which I can publish whatever I think will interest you. And from the reactions I get, I deduce I am on the right track. A lot will be about aviation in the former Dutch East Indies. This, because my series of books ("The Java Gold") follows a young Dutch pilot in his struggle to survive the Pacific War and its aftermath. But there's more in the world and you'll find descriptions of cities, naval operations and what not published on this blog. Something about myself; I am a Dutch-Canadian author, living in, and working out of the magical city of Amsterdam. My lifelong interest in history and aviation, especially WW2, has led me to write articles and books on these subjects. I hope you'll enjoy them!
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One Response to Fokker T-IX – the “Might Have Been…”

  1. GP Cox says:

    Thanks, I was looking for Fokker info not too long ago. A shame they were destroyed on top of everything else!

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