By Marc Dierikx
Anthony Fokker: The Flying Dutchman Who formed American Aviation tells the larger-than-life actual tale of maverick pilot and plane producer Anthony Fokker. Fokker got here from an prosperous Dutch kin and built a present for tinkering with mechanics. regardless of now not receiving a conventional schooling, he stumbled his method into aviation as a tender stunt pilot in Germany in 1910. He survived a chain of impressive aircraft crashes and rose to status inside many years. a mix of business espionage, success, and deception then propelled him to develop into Germany's major airplane producer in the course of global warfare I, making him a multimillionaire through his midtwenties.
When the German Revolution swept the rustic in 1918 and 1919, Fokker made a outstanding get away to the us. He arrange company in long island and New Jersey in 1921, and soon thereafter grew to become the world's greatest plane producer. The U.S. military and army received his machines, and his factories outfitted mythical vendors similar to Pan American and TWA on the sunrise of industrial air transport.
Yet regardless of his dazzling good fortune, his empire collapsed within the past due Nineteen Twenties after a chain of ill-conceived company judgements and deeply scary own dramas. In 1927, aviator Richard Byrd solicited a Fokker three-engine aircraft to be the 1st to fly continuous around the Atlantic. The aircraft was once broken on a try flight and Charles Lindbergh beat him to it. Lindbergh's solo experience within the Spirit of St. Louis earned him--and rate Fokker--a lasting position within the heritage books. utilizing formerly undiscovered files and first resources, Marc Dierikx lines Fokker's remarkable existence and celebrates his magnificent achievements.
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Anthony Fokker: The Flying Dutchman Who Shaped American Aviation by Marc Dierikx