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Fokker T.IX

Netherlands (1939)
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The German invasion of the Netherlands in 1940 cancelled all further development of the Fokker T.IX program.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Fokker T.IX Medium Bomber Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 7/25/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Netherlands was one of the many nations that ultimately fell to the German-led Axis onslaught concerning World War 2 (1939-1945). Despite this, the Dutch held a healthy aero-industry prior to the war that produced several local results such as the D.XXI monoplane fighter, the G.I "Reaper" twin-engined heavy fighter and the T.V bomber-interceptor - all by Fokker. Fokker had been making airplanes since before the start of World War 1 (1914-1918) when it was founded in 1912 and went on to deliver some of the more iconic German Empire aircraft of the First World War.

One entry by Fokker for The Netherlands in World War 2 became the "T.IX", a twin-engined bomber intended for the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force (RNEIAAF). For its time, it was to become the concern's first attempt at an all-metal-skinned bomber and further modern features included wholly-enclosed crew positions and a retractable undercarriage (save for the tailwheel). Design work began in 1938.

The end-result was a well-streamlined aircraft utilizing a stepped cockpit arrangement with a glazed nose position and heavily-framed cockpit section. The fuselage had slab sides and tapered sharply to form the empennage and to this tail stem were added horizontal planes, each holding a vertical tailplane. The wing mainplanes were mid-mounted appendages fitted to the sides of the fuselage and each given a single engine nacelle. Its placement along the leading wing edges made for easy inspection of the powerplants by the crew while airborne. Power was from 2 x Bristol "Hercules" 14-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines developing 1,375 horsepower each and driving three-bladed propeller units.

Armament was to comprise 1 x 20mm cannon in the nose section, 2 x 0.50 caliber Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs) at a fuselage dorsal position and 2 x 0.50 caliber HMGs in a similar, though ventral, fuselage position. An internal bomb bay was to allot for up to 4,410lb of conventional drop ordnance.

The completed prototype went airborne for the first time on September 11th, 1939. However, students of history will note the German invasion of Poland began on September 1st of that year, officially beginning World War 2. Amidst the backdrop of total war, Fokker continued development of what became the T.IX bomber and flew the prototype several more times. However, in April of 1940 the program ran into a snag when the aircraft hit a hangar door and, on May 10th, all hope was lost when the Germans began their invasion of The Netherlands - this effectively ending all development on the promising T.IX program.

The few performance specifications that were detailed from the prototype during its short time aloft included a maximum speed of 275 miles per hour, a range out to 1,700 miles and a service ceiling of 26,250 feet.

Any available statistics for the Fokker T.IX Medium Bomber Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 300mph
Lo: 150mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (273mph).

    Graph average of 225 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: Netherlands
Year: 1939
Type: Medium Bomber Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Fokker - Netherlands
Production: 1
Global Operators:
Netherlands (cancelled)
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
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Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Fokker T.IX model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
6


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
54.13 ft


Meters
16.5 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
81.04 ft


Meters
24.7 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
16.73 ft


Meters
5.1 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
14,330 lb


Kilograms
6,500 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
24,692 lb


Kilograms
11,200 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x Bristol Hercules 14-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines developing 1,375 horsepower each.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
273 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
440 kph


Knots
238 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
1,690 mi


Kilometers
2,720 km


Nautical Miles
1,469 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
26,247 ft


Meters
8,000 m


Miles
4.97 mi

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (0):

PROPOSED:
1 x 20mm cannon in nose position
2 x 0.50 cal heavy machine guns in dorsal position
2 x 0.50 cal heavy machine guns in ventral position

OPTIONAL:
Up to 4,400lb of internally-held ordnance (conventional drop bombs).
Variants: Series Model Variants
• T.IX - Base Series Designation