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Biography Summary: Anthony Fokker (1890 - 1939) was famous for manufacturing fighter aircraft. Born in the East Indies under Dutch rule Anthony Fokker grew up in the Netherlands. Not overly academic he did nevertheless have a knack for designing aircraft.
Once he had accomplished and established his own manufacturing business during World War I he also introduced a gear system that allowed a machine gun to fire between the blades of a propeller.
He married Sophie Marie Elisabeth von Morgen in Haarlem but the marriage only lasted four years, he married violet Eastman in New York City but she died nearly two years after their marriage. He had no children.
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Anthony Fokker Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1890 - 1939 *** Full Name: Anton Herman Gerard “Anthony” Fokker *** Nickname: The Flying Dutchman *** Occupation: Dutch Aviation Pioneer and Aircraft Manufacturer *** Date of Birth: Anthony Fokker was born on April 6th 1890 *** Place of Birth: Anthony Fokker was born in Blitar, East Java, Netherlands Indies *** Family background: His father was Herman Fokker who had been a coffee plantation owner *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with his sister Toos, and the family would return to the Netherlands so the children received a Dutch upbringing *** Education: Anthony Fokker would receive his education in the Netherlands he did not however complete that education ***
Anthony Fokker Fact 1: Anthony Fokker was born on April 6th 1890 and during the 19th century period in history when scientific discoveries were being made and innovations in mathematics, physics, biology, electricity and chemistry were moving very fast.
Anthony Fokker Fact 9: Fokker personally, as an accomplished pilot, often demonstrated his own aircraft in front of VIP’s and the German Crown Prince.
Anthony Fokker Fact 10: Fokker was not a brilliant businessman, failing to secure the future of his business by reinvesting his war profits back into the business, together with his bad temper and distrust of qualified engineers, when his Fokker Dr I was grounded as a result of a number of fatal accidents, his lack of business acumen was largely at fault and fortunately not the plane design itself.
Anthony Fokker Fact 16: One of his most famous planes would be the Fokker F-VII airplane called Josephine Ford named for the granddaughter of Henry Ford the automobile magnate.
Anthony Fokker Fact 17: Later he sold his aircraft plants in America to General Motors.
Anthony Fokker Fact 18: Anthony Fokker died on December 23rd 1939 aged forty nine of pneumococcal meningitis in Murray Hill Hospital, New York City, America. His ashes were placed in the family grave in Westerveld Cemetery in Driehuis, North Holland.
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