Volume 05 of Lanasta’s Wareplane series has just been released. Subject is the lesser known Fokker C.10 armed reconnaissance plane and light bomber. This well streamlined biplane from the mid-thirties of the 20th century was intended as a successor for the earlier Fokker C.5.
However, it did not attract so many foreign customers as the previous type and alltogether only 39 were manufactured by Fokker with Finland as most important foreign user. Finland purchased in total 4 machines fitted with a Bristol Pegasus engine and the rights to build it in their country under a licence. In total another 35 were manufactured by the state aircraft industry. They saw extensive service in the war against the Soviet Union.
In the Netherlands the army air department LVA had 20 Rolls Royce Kestrel powered C.10’s on its inventory and it saw active service during the 5-days war against invading German forces in May 1940. Another 13 were used in the Dutch East Indies but when Japan launched its attack there were only ten operational and they did not play an important role.
A single Hispano-Suiza 12Y powered prototype was finally sold to Spain during the Civil War. It was scrapped in 1951.
Edwin Hoogschagen describes in this book the concise history on this interesting type. Further the book contains no less than 97 high-quality and carefully selected photographs including some really rare shots. The book is completed with a number of factory drawings, some published for the first time, and a number of colour profiles.
Just like the earlier Warplane volumes, it is really amazing what has been cramped into 48 pages!
Book rating: Highly Recommended!
Title: Fokker C.X
Author: Edwin Hoogschagen
Publisher: Lanasta, Emmen – The Netherlands
Book type: 22×17 cm, softcover with glossy paper
ISBN: 978 90 8616 165 2
Price: Euro 13.95 + P & P
Contact: Lanasta, Slenerbrink 206, 7812 HJ Emmen – The Netherlands www.lanasta.com
With special thanks to Jantinus Mulder for providing a free review copy.