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Re: Pelikaan Airplane

Postby alas » Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:51 pm

jus saw this discussion. By the way, pelikaan was a famous dutch bike brand. And they still sell these in the netherlands:
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Re: Pelikaan Airplane

Postby grwebster » Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:10 am

Looks like the Hughes racer. One was rebuilt recently and later crashed in weather. It in turn looked similar to the WW2 Corsair
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Re: Pelikaan Airplane

Postby alas » Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:41 am

Of course the most famous 'Pelikaan' airplane was this one ( from wiki, lots more info to be found):
The Fokker F.XVIII was an airliner produced in the Netherlands in the early 1930s, essentially a scaled-up version of the Fokker F.XII intended for long-distance flights. Like its predecessor, it was a conventional high-wing cantilever monoplane with fixed tailwheel undercarriage. Its cabin could seat 12 passengers, or four-to-six on seats convertible to sleeping berths. Used by KLM on its Amsterdam-Batavia route, the F.XVIII became celebrated in the Netherlands due to two especially noteworthy flights. In December 1933, one aircraft (registration PH-AIP, Pelikaan - "Pelican") was used to make a special Christmas mail flight to Batavia, completing the round trip in a flight time of 73 hours 34 minutes. The following Christmas, another F.XVIII (registration PH-AIS, Snip - "Snipe") made a similar flight to Curaçao in 55 hour 58 minutes after having been specially re-engined for the journey.
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Re: Pelikaan Airplane

Postby grwebster » Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:38 pm

The Fokker's 1920s glory in the US was clouded over when the famous Notre Dame football coach, Knute Rockne was killed in a DVII when the plywood wings delaminated in flight. When the cause was discovered and other emaples showed the same problem, all Fokkers were then abruptly grounded, and Henry Ford's all metal tri-motor took over as airliiner leader.
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