Arguing that Fokker's early success was due as much to good timing and marketing strategies as to engineering genius, Marc Dierikx draws from archives in Europe and the United States to trace Fokker's mixed career as an aviation businessman. He shows how Fokker's reluctance to invest in research and development, his propensity for producing small-series, highly customized aircraft, and his struggle with quality control led to the eventual decline of his empire. The book describes how Fokker's eccentricities and constant travels had dramatic consequences on his personal life and how his financial strategies affected the sales of his planes. Dierikx also details Fokker's unfounded confidence in the giant F-32.
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A. H. G. Fokker Aeronautical Collection Air Corps air transport aircraft construction airline airplane Albert Plesman Amsterdam Anthony Fokker Anthony Fokker dossier April army August aviation Aviodome Archive Beeling Berlin constructor contract correspondence Crash Cremer D.VII December Doorninck Committee Douglas Dutch early engine export F.VII F.XX F.XXXVI February fighter flight Flying Dutchman Fokker Aircraft Corporation Fokker and Gould Fokker Archive Fokker company Fokker Corporation Fokker D.VII Fokker Dr.I Fokker factory fuselage German Grosz guilders Haarlem Hegener Papers Herman Fokker Holland Hugo Junkers Idflieg investments Johannisthal July June Junkers KLM Board Papers KLM's later Luchtvaart March military Ministry of Finance monoplane months Nederlandsche Vliegtuigenfabriek Netherlands Netherlands Ministry November Oberursel October passengers patent pilot plane Platz Plesman production prototype Saint Moritz Schiphol Schwerin Seekatz September series R-5 ship Soviet Tetta Thijs Postma three-engined tion Tony Fokker trimotor Waterworks Western Air Express Weyl wing York