Fokker

Fokker
T.VIII Torpedo bomber

Fokker
T.VIII Torpedo bomber

Fokker

Fokker

Fokker
T.VIII Torpedo bomber

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The Fokker T.VIII was a twin-engined torpedo bomber and aerial reconnaissance floatplane designed and manufactured by Dutch aviation company Fokker.

It was developed in the late 1930s as a more-capable successor to the Fokker T.IV. While the Dutch Naval Aviation Service had originally desired for its use in both the home waters and in the Dutch East Indies, the Second World War broke out as production was ramping up to meet these needs. In addition to its service in the Netherlands, both the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Luftwaffe would operate small numbers of the type.

Operational History

The aircraft went into production almost immediately following the type’s first flight in 1938; a total of eleven T.VIIIs entered service with the Netherlands Naval Aviation Service. Initial operations were dominated by trials and training missions, aiming to familiarise Dutch personnel with the aircraft’s operation.[5] By September 1939, the month during which the Second World War broke out, the type was used to patrol Dutch territorial waters, intending to guard against violations of Dutch neutrality by the forces of either side. On 13 September 1939, a T.VIII was attacked by a German Dornier Do 18 flying boat; the aircraft was destroyed while attempting to land and the crew captured by the Germans; this incident led to a change in Dutch aircraft markings from the red, white, and blue roundel to an orange triangle so that Dutch aircraft would be more readily distinguishable from either their British or French counterparts

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RoleTorpedo-bomber seaplane
ManufacturerFokker
First flight1938
Introduction1939
Primary usersMarine-Luchtvaartdienst
Royal Air Force
Luftwaffe
Number built36[1]

 

Operators

Variants

T.VIII W/G
Mixed wood and metal construction. 19 built.
T.VIII W/M
All-metal construction. 12 built.
T.VIII W/C
Larger version with more powerful engines. Five had been ordered by Finland, but were captured and used by the Luftwaffe.

Operators

 Finland
 Germany
  • Luftwaffe operated several captured aircraft.
 Netherlands
 United Kingdom

Specifications (Fokker T.8 Bomber)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Length: 13 m (42 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 18 m (59 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 5 m (16 ft 5 in)
  • Gross weight: 5,000 kg (11,023 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Wright R-975-E3 Whirlwind 9-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engines, 336 kW (451 hp) each

Specifications
Fokker T.8 Bomber

Performance

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 285 km/h (177 mph, 154 kn) at 3,000 m (9,843 ft)
  • Range: 2,750 km (1,710 mi, 1,480 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 6,800 m (22,300 ft) [17]

Armament

  • 2 × 7.92 (0.312 in) machine guns
  • 600 kg (1,323 lb) of bombs or torpedoes

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