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A Gleam of Silver Disappearing into the Clouds. How Time Stopped Flying for Fokker
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A Gleam of Silver Disappearing into the Clouds. How Time Stopped Flying for Fokker

(Marc Dierikx) The Low Countries - 2004, № 12, pp. 58-64

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The unbelievable story of Anthony Fokker, the Dutch prodigal son who gave his country wings. By the outbreak of war in 1914 luck, skill with his hands, family money and an iron determination had placed him in a position where his small company had the chance to develop into one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in Germany. By the mid- twenties, Fokker could call himself the biggest aircraft-builder in the world, with factories in Holland, Germany and the United States. The end came, unexpectedly for many, when in January 1996 Daimler-Benz withdrew funding and Fokker had no option but to file for bankruptcy.

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