Fokker G.1

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Fokker G.1

The Fokker G.1 was a heavy twin-engined fighter plane, a so-called air-cruiser, patrolling in the air to spot and attack enemy aircraft, especially bombers. The aircraft with its heavy armament of 8 machine guns in the nose, nicknamed Reaper, was a sensation at the Paris Air Show of 1936, where a mock-up could be admired. The first flight was on 16 March 1937. The Dutch military forces ordered 36, of which 23 were delivered in May 1940, when The Netherlands were attacked and overwhelmed by nazi Germany. G.1s shot down 13 German aircraft, but most of them were destroyed.


Fokker G.1

The Dutch military forces were the only operator of newly delivered Fokker G.1 aircraft. A few captured examples were used by the Germans. Twelve aircraft for Denmark were delivered, but taken by the Germans before they were assembled. (Photo: Fokker)


Fokker G.1

The Fokker G.1 attracted much interest of other air forces. (Photo: Fokker)

Fokker G.1

The twin-boom concept of the G.1 was later applied to the Lockheed P-38 Lightning. (Photo: Fokker)