The Royal Dutch Air Force (Luchtvaartafdeling) ordered 36 D XXI’s with the 825 hp Bristol Mercury VII nine cylinder radial engine and armed it with four wing-mounted 7,9 mm FN-Browning M.36 guns.
When the Germans invaded the Netherlands in May 1940 28 Fokker D XXI were ready for combat, they were divided in 3 groups: ‘1JaVa’ at? De Kooy AFB (11 Fokkers), ‘2JaVa’ on Schiphol (now the National Airport) (9 Fokkers) and the ‘1st Afdeling van de Jachtgroep Veldleger’ at Ypenburg AFB. (8 Fokkers). Although the Fokker D XXI was slower, and had much lighter arms, it was a very good fighter against the German fighters, mainly because it could turn tighter and it could climb faster than most German fighters.
No Fokker D XXI have been preserved, for the Paul Verhoeven Movie “Soldier of Orange” that tells the story of a group of students that fled to England after Germany invaded The Netherlands. a Harvard was rebuilt to act as a Fokker D XXI.
|Developing Nation:||The Netherlands|
|Manufacturer/designer:||Fokker / Dr. Ing. Erich Schatzki|
|First Flight:||February 27th 1936|
|First Delivery:||August 27th 1937|
|First Operational:||September 1937|
|Standard Fokker built D XXI|
|Wing Span:||11.00 m|
|Wing Area:||16.20 m²|
|Engine (s):||Bristol Mercury VII, 9 cylinder radial engine with 825 hp (Dutch Air Force configuration)|
|Max. Take off weight:||2050 kg|
|Max. Speed:||460 Kph at 5100 m|
|Max. Range:||930 km|
|Weapons:||4x wing-mounted 7,9 mm FN-Browning M.36 guns.|
Countries that used the Fokker D XXI
|Denmark||12 (10 License built by Madsen)|
|Finland||35 (License built by Valtion Lentokone-tehdas)|
|Netherlands||28 (ordered 36, 8 were never delivered)|
|Spain||1 (License built by Hispano Aviaci?n, it flew just before the Nationalists stormed the factory. it was powered by a Russian engine: M-25 taken from an I-16)|
All pictures courtesy of Zijde Aviation Photo and Publishing, Marcel van Leeuwen and Rob Vogelaar.