One of the first activities undertaken by Fokker after World War II was the design of a new military aircraft for initial pilot training, the S-11 Instructor. An aircraft trader already placed orders for 100 of these aircraft in 1946, before construction had even begun. The first prototype flew at Schiphol on 18 December 1947. During testing in early 1948 it was found that some aerodynamic changes had to be made to improve the handling of the aircraft
Later that year demonstration flights for several air forces followed and eventually many S-11s were sold to the Royal Netherlands Air Force, Israeli Air Force, Italian Air Force, Brazilian Air Force, Paraguayan Air Force and Bolivian Air Force. Some 170 aircraft were license built in Italy as the Macchi M.416. A limited number of S-11 Instructors are still flying today. The Dutch organization Fokker Four dedicated to the preservation of the aircraft operates four S-11s and amongst other activities still performs with them on airshows.
A version of the S-11 fitted with tricycle landing gear, the S-12, was built by Fokker Industria Aeronautica in Brazil, and was used by the Brazilian Air Force as the T-22 Instructor
First flight 18 December 1947
Primary users Royal Netherlands Air Force
Royal Netherlands Navy
Brazilian Air Force
Israeli Air Force
Number built S-11 375 / S-12 50 / YT-22 1
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S-11Prototypes – four built
S-11-1Production variant for the Royal Netherlands Air Force and Navy – 48 built.
S-11-2Production variant for the Israeli Air Force – 41 built.
S-11-3Production variant for the Italian Air Force – 180 built under license by Aermacchi (Qty 110) and IMAM (Qty 70) as the M.416S-11-4Production variant for the Brazilian Air Force – 99 built including 95 by Fokker Brazil.S-12Tricycle landing gear variant, one prototype built by Fokker and 49 production aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force built by Fokker Brazil.Macchi M.416Name used for licence built S-11-3 for the Italian Air Force.
Aircraft on display Netherlands S-11 E-22 - on display at Nationaal Militair Museum E-24 - in storage at Nationaal Militair Museum
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