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Netherlands' Fokker G.1, Fokker G.I heavy fighter / ground attack

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Netherlands' Fokker G.1 heavy fighter / ground attack:
Netherlands' Fokker G.1 heavy fighter / ground attack

Design

Was a private venture by Fokker that got noticed by the Dutch Army Air Service.

Originally was to have a mix of machine guns and cannons but it was decided on eight MGs. With its heavy armament it was nicknamed Le Foucher (The Grim Reaper).

Typically carried only the pilot and rear gunner, but an observer could be included in the fuselage.

Fuselage

The frame was steel tubes with an aluminum cover. The central part was of wood construction.

Wing

Had a middle wing made of wood.

Tail

The tail of the G.1 was was all metal. The rudders were covered in canvas.

Undercarriage

The landing gear was retractable into the engine nacelles.

Propellers

The engine drove three bladed variable pitch metal propellars.

Prototype

The prototype G.1 first flew on March 16, 1936 / March 16, 1937.

Production

An order for 36 was placed in November 1937.

Was to be produced for export, but the war started and the Dutch Air Force confiscated all that had been or were in production.

  • Prototype: 1
  • Fokker G.IA: 36
  • Fokker G.IB: 25
  • Total: 62
    • Manufacturer: Fokker

The following countries placed orders for the G.1B:

  • Finland: 26
  • Sweden: 18
  • Denmark: to be produced under license
  • Spain: ?, 25
  • Estonia: 9

Variants

  • Fokker G.1: Prototype with Hispano-Suiza 80-20 engines with 750 HP / 830 HP.
  • Fokker G.1A: Powered by Bristol Mercury VIII engines.
  • Fokker G.1B, "Wasp": Export version. Were to be exported with Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp Junior engines with 750 HP. Could carry 880 lb / 400 kg of bombs. Was 1.2 m shorter, and wingspan 0.65 m / 2' shorter.
  • Fokker G.2: Was to have Mercedes DB600 engine. Never produced.

Usage

Germany and the Netherlands used the G.Is.

Caused quite an interest at the 1936 Paris Air Show.

Spain

The Spanish Republican Government ordered 25 G.Is in June 1937. The Spanish wanted the Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp Junior engines.

May 1940

At the start of the war only 20 / 23 Fokker G.1As supplied three units.

By May 14 only five G.1s were still in service.

German

Twenty G.1Bs intended for Finland were confiscated by the Germans and used for training.

Escape

In May 1941, two Fokker test pilots flew the last Fokker G.1A from Schipol to the English coast to escape the German occupation.

Specifications

  Fokker G.I
Type Heavy fighter, Ground attack
Crew 2 - 3
Engine (Type)  
Cylinders  
Cooling  
Net HP  
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span  
Length  
Height  
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded  
Performance  
Speed  
Cruising speed  
Endurance  
Climb  
Service ceiling  
Range  
Armament  
  Fokker G.1A
Fokker G.IA
Type Fighter, Heavy Fighter, Ground Attack
Crew 2, 2 - 3, 3
Pilot, radio operator/rear gunner
Engine (Type) 2: Bristol Mercury VIII piston
Cylinders Radial, Radial 9
Cooling Air
Net HP 830 each
Propeller blades 3 each , 3 metal variable pitch
Dimensions  
Span 54' 2", 56' 3", 56' 3.25"
16.5 m, 17.15 m
Length 35' 8", 37' 9"
10.87 m, 11.5 m
Height 11' 2"
3.4 m
Wing area 381 ft2
35.7 m2
Weight  
Empty 6,930 lb, 7,341 lb
3,150 kg, 3,330 kg
Loaded 9,680 lb, 10,560 lb, 10,582 lb, 11,023 lb
4,400 kg, 4,970 kg, 5,000 kg
Performance  
Speed 268 mph, 295 mph
432 kph, 475 kph
Speed @ 13,450' /
4,100 m
295 mph
475 kph
Cruising speed 221 mph
357 kph
Endurance  
Climb 2,736'/minute
834 m/minute
Service ceiling 30,000', 30,500', 30,510'
9,100 m, 9,300 m
Range 870 miles, 876 miles, 932 miles, 945 miles
1,400 km, 1,409 km, 1,500 km
Armament 8 - 9: MG
9: MG
Nose 8: 7.92 mm FN-Browning MG
8: 7.9 mm MG
Rear fuselage 1: 7.92 mm FN-Browning MG
1: 7.9 mm MG
Bombs 660 lb, 880 lb, 882 lb
300 kg, 400 kg
  Fokker G.IB
Type  
Crew  
Engine (Type) 2: Pratt & Whitney R-1535-SB4-G Twin Wasp Junior
Cylinders Radial 14
Cooling  
Net HP 750 each
Propeller blades 3 each
Dimensions  
Span  
Length  
Height  
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 6,944 lb
3,150 kg
Loaded 10,582 lb
4,800 kg
Performance  
Speed 268 mph
431 kph
Cruising speed  
Endurance  
Climb  
Service ceiling 28,526'
8,695 m
Range 913 miles
1,470 km
Armament  
Nose 2: 23 mm
2: 7.9 mm MG
Rear fuselage 1: 7.9 mm MG
Bombs 882 lb
400 kg

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, General Editor: Jim Winchester, 2004
  2. Complete Book of World War II Combat Aircraft, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, Pierluigi Pinto, 1988
  3. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  4. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
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