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Anthony Herman Gerard Fokker landed and signed the Pitcairn Register on May 12, 1928. He flew an unidentified Fokker F-10. Based at New York, NY, he did not cite a destination, or whether he was carrying passengers. Fokker and his wife also show up as passengers at the Davis-Monthan Register Web site. Although the aircraft was unidentified at Willow Grove, the landing at Tucson was on June 22, 1928 in NC5614, barely five weeks after his Pitcairn landing. Chances are it was the same airplane.
Fokker was a premier Golden Age aircraft manufacturer. His original factory in the Netherlands was moved to Germany during WWI on behalf of the German military air arm. His company produced the famous (or infamous, depending upon which end of their guns you were on) Fokker Dr.1 Triplane and D-VII fighters.
After WWI, he moved to the United States in 1922 and established the Atlantic Aircraft Corporation in New Jersey, which imported Dutch-made Fokker aircraft and manufactured others in the U.S. Many of the Fokker aircraft that show up in our Registers (over 500 landings across all the Registers) came through New Jersey and Atlantic Aircraft or its descendants.
Image, left, was taken by your Webmaster of a color painting of Anthony Fokker hanging at the San Diego Aerospace Museum (SDAM). There are many, many Web sources (482,000 Google hits as of the upload date of this page) that present biographical information for Fokker. A nice biography with many photographs is at the link. Another online biography is this one from the New Netherlands Institute.
Numerous aircraft of his manufacture not only played leading roles during the Golden Age, but they also are signed into our various Airfield Registers. For example, the "Josephine Ford" (Fokker F-7-A-3M, BA-1 tri-motor built in 1926) is logged in the Davis-Monthan Register and was used by Richard Byrd in his first North Pole flight. As is the Fokker C-2, 28-120, named the "Question Mark". Please follow the link to the airplane to learn about the significance of the "Question Mark" flight on New Year's Day, 1929.
Standard Air Lines was an early air transport company that plied the Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson, Douglas, El Paso route for about a year and a half beginning in 1927. Standard's fleet consisted of the Fokker Universal NC3317, and Fokker Super Universals NC8011, and NC9724, as well as the Fokker F-VII NC7888 and the F-10A NC456E which flew with Western Air Express (WAE) after Standard was merged into WAE. All these airplanes appear in the Tucson Register many times.
Likewise NC334N, one of the large Fokker F-32 air transport craft operated by the early TWA, was logged in the Peterson Field and Grand Central Air Terminal Registers. It was flown by Silas A. Morehouse.
You'll find variations of his name on the Web, e.g. "Anthony H.G. Fokker," "Anthony Herman Gerard Fokker," "Anton H.G. Fokker," etc. Anthony Fokker was born April 6, 1890. He died young on December 23, 1939 of meningitis.
THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 06/13/13 REVISED: 09/16/14