Haarlem to mark centenary Fokker flight

1st August 2011, Comments 0 comments

On 31 August it will be exactly 100 years ago that Anthony Fokker piloted the Spin on its maiden flight over the Dutch city of Haarlem. To mark the centenary, the city is hosting an exhibition, including an original Spin dating from 1936.

The flight made the 21-year Dutch aviation pioneer instantly famous. Soon after, he established an aircraft manufacturing plant and an aviation school near the German capital, Berlin.

The exhibition, which lasts until 3 September, surveys the company’s development, using historic pictures and footage. There will also be a fly-by of historic aircraft.

In 1919, Fokker returned to the Netherlands but in 1922 moved to the United States and later became an American citizen. The Flying Dutchman, as he came to be known, died in New York aged 49.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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