born in Holland, seventh child middle-class family
born in Dutch East India, single child wealthy family; moves to Holland in 1894
|Fokker moves to Germany
|Fokker builds de Spin
|first Fokker factory, Germany
|Start cooperation with constructor Reinhold Platz
|German army order for Fokker
|WWII - Fokker becomes millionaire overnight
|A transportable aircraft M8, M5.
Fokker becomes a German national (but denies this later.) Designs a sync system for machine-gun to fire through revolving propeller. Fokker makes a few front flights in German uniform.
|Wooden wing construction
Swede Villehad Forsmann
Junkers-Fokker Werke AG Metalflugzeugbau [metal aircraft building]
adapts Junkers wing construction with Franz Möser.
Fokker F-I, later DR-I
most famous WWI fighter
|All German war material has to be turned over, with specific mention of D-VII. Flyers hide them, Fokker hides his factory inventory and stock to smuggle to Holland with six transports of 60-car trains; his money goes in style by his own private yacht.
Gets back Dutch passport.
|Fokker opens Amsterdam factory
Plesman starts KLM,
Royal Dutch Airlines for Holland and Colonies
Designer Bob Noorduyn becomes general manager Fokker USA
|Fokker sells first F-II to KLM, four-passenger cabin
and breaks contract by building them in Germany
|KLM gets 4-year subsidy;
Fokker exports 200 aircraft at ƒ5M.
|First East-India flight, Fokker F-VII
Fokker most important sponsor with ƒ15K.
After a quarrel on the design competition for a tri-motor Plesman calls Fokker
Not totally responsible for his remarks
|Fokker builds F-VIIa tri-motor
KLM starts explosive growth
Walter Rethel heads design team; Bertus Grasé becomes head Fokker research department and test pilot.
Fokker has 3 Wright Whirlwind engines shipped to Amsterdam; according to factory director Bruno Stephan
last time Fokker gave direct instructions on aircraft development.
|Fokker moves to the USA and becomes an American citizen.
|Wall Street Crash
Fokker America goes to General Motors
Amsterdam produces only 67 aircraft
KLM continues growing, an international exception.
Bob Noorduyn leaves Fokker for Bellanca Aircraft, later develops Noorduyn Norseman
|First KLM strike; Fokker F-IX
|Fokker F32, 30 passengers
F-XVIII, last model based on F-VII.
Another Fokker record: Development costs ƒ794.06, less than $500.
|Fokker fires Platz
first US commercial transport (10 passengers)
|Fokker F-36 32 passengers 4 engines
KLM orders Douglas DC-2
Price DC-2 $76K — F-36 ƒ120K (~$73K)
|KLM wins Melbourne race with DC-2 Uiver; Holland has a bad case of DC-2 hysteria
In fact, KLM lost the race but you'll never hear that from a Dutch citizen. Well, except right now, there's that. More on that here.
Fokker buys Douglas European licensing rights from DC-1 up, as well as for Lockheed products.
A national commission investigating aircraft industry finds Fokker is totally incompetent as a manager. Personnel revives as soon as he's not there. 'Nobody is satisfied with him. There is no order in the factory.' Still they mention 'his very meritorious qualities as a constructor and businessman'.
Fokker is against Melbourne or any other race; it "just serves to drum up publicity for a candy king." "No airline ever bought an airplane because it won a race."
|1934 — Uiver crashes; 1935 — 2 KLM F-XXIIs crash; 2 KLM DC-2s crash in three days' time. There are no survivors. Fokker blames KLM's rigid sticking to time-tables.
|KLM first trans-Atlantic mail, start American operations with Fokker F-XVIII Snip
|Fokker designs F-56.
His last classic design (56 passengers on upper and lower decks; four-engines, span 38.5m, long 25.8m) to compete with DC-4. Announces a still larger design with pressure cabin. KLM not interested.
|KLM orders Douglas DC-5 and F-24
first all-metal Fokker plane; Anthony Fokker dies in Manhattan
|KLM flies Bristol-Lisboa and West-India.
Fokker factories work for German war industry
|KLM orders Convair Liner, not F-24
|Fokker F-27 Friendship based on F-24
KLM buys three
|KLM buys ten Fokker F100 with options on five more
to phase out Douglas MD-80s.
|Fokker goes bankrupt
|KLM taken over by Air France