Many photographs have been
published of this, the first Fokker F.VII, but this is a particularly
one received from KLM in the 1940s. The F.VII is more often
recognized by the three motor
variety. As stated
elsewhere in my narratives, the fact that Fokker basically modified the
airframe to accept two more
engines was a sufficient enough reason, in my mind, to give it a
completely different type number. This didn't happen, and
the three motor F/VIIs were merely
F.VII/3as or -bs. Anyway, back to the single engined F.VII.
Only five of these were
built and were all treated more or
less as prototypes for the beefed up and improved model F.VIIa
historian Geert Verkade in Amsterdam advises that H-NACC was the
aircraft which, in
1924, completed the first trial flight to the Dutch East Indies.
During the attempt the engine required
replacement somewhere along the way (in Bulgaria?)
and the new one was paid for by the magazine
Leven" (= "Life") by means of a public collection.
H-NACC was eventually written off in
accident at Wolverthem in Belgium in July of 1926.