Haarlem to mark Fokker flight centenary

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On 31 August, it will be exactly 100 years since Anthony Fokker piloted his 'Spin' Spider aircraft on its maiden flight over the Dutch city of Haarlem. To mark the centenary, the city is hosting an exhibition, which includes a Spin dating from 1936.

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

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

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