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Type of aircraft
Country Netherlands
Date first flight 1922
Crew 1
Wingspan 17,6 m
Lenght 11,1 m
number of passengers 5
Enginetype 1xSiddeley "Puma"
235 hp
max speed 160 km/h
cruise speed 135 km/h
range 600 km
Fokker F.IIIW

Fokker F.IIIW

A special development

With seaplanes playing an important role in the early years of aviation, Fokker developed a version of the F.III with floats. Because floats had a marked effect on the stability, the fuselage was lengthened and the rudder enlarged.

In addition the F.IIIw had a dorsal fin. This version, the F.IIIw, did not however go into series production. Only a few photos were saved, and there are no drawings, no test reports: nothing.

It is assumed that the sole F.IIIw was converted back to standard F.III configuration.

More successful were two F.IIIs rebuilt by Karl Grulich at Deutsche Aero Lloyd for Deruluft.

These aircraft, in 1925, combined the F.III wing with a new or substantially modified fuselage, and a new rudder with dorsal fin. In this form, the aircraft received the designation Grulich V.I (or sometimes DALFokker F.III). Later, in 1928, the Rolls-Royce Eagle engine on one of these two was replaced by a Bristol Jupiter.

This aircraft was designated V.Ia (some sources say V.2). It remained with Deruluft as the last F.III and flew until 1930.