From Scramble - The Aviation Magazine
|Entered Service||27 March 1935|
|Length||23,60 m||ft in|
|Wingspan||33,00 m||ft in|
|Height||8,30 m||ft in|
|Wing area||172 m2||ft²|
|Maximum takeoff weight||16500 kg||lb|
|Engines||four Wright Cyclone F2|
|Power||kW (each)||750 hp(each)|
|Operational range||1550 kms||miles|
|Rate of climb||ft/min||m/min|
The Fokker F.XXXVI, or F.36 for short, represented the ultimate model of a range of pre war airliners. Unlike the very successful series of trimotor airliners e.g F.VIIb/3m and F.XII, there was only one example of the F.36 built (c/n 5348). The last Fokker model was basically a scaled up version of the earlier F.22, but in both Fokker had stuck to the old way of designing an airliner. In contrast to its rival companies (i.e. Boeing and Douglas) Fokker had kept to the mixed construction principle and non retracting undercarriage.
The only built F.36 was used by Dutch airline KLM as PH-AJA "Arend" (Eagle)
After KLM use PH-AJA was sold to Scottish Aviation as G-AFZR. Like many civil airliners it was impounded by the military, destined to be used by the RAF during the Second World War. Although two sister ships, Fokker F.22s, were used as flying classrooms, it is not known if the F.36 was ever actually used as such. (There is a reservation for RAF serial HM161, but only one photo of it in RAF livery exists, on which it still carries the civil registration)
It was broken up after an abortive take-off at Prestwick on 21st May 1940.
- Fokker Verkeersvliegtuigen, ISBN 9026940742 / NUGI 431