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Smithsonian, Mar 17, 1997 - Technology & Engineering - 250 pages
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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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