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In Memoriam

Klaas Willem Jonker
† April 30, 2018

On Monday 30 April 2018, Wilko Jonker died after a long illness at the age of 58. He leaves behind a wife and two children. The Dutch military aviation and plastic modeling were his hobby and on this website he shared all the knowledge he has collected over the years. His hobby has been able to distract him from the persistent disease in his body until the last week of his life. The contacts with other hobbyists were a major support for him.

This website will be maintained by different people for as long as possible, so that other enthusiasts can continue to benefit from extensive content.

Fokker C.VIII


This heavy, long-distance three seat scout was designed in 1927 in response to LVA requirements for a scout.
In December of the same year an order followed for Fokker, who built the aircraft in close cooperation with the LVA.

In the summer of 1928 the C.VIII was completed and it met all LVA requirements.
On August 29, 1928 it entered service with registration 651. Rather unusual at that time was Fokker also delivered the engine, a Hispano-Suiza of 600 hp.

The Fokker C.VIII was a high-wing parasol, the pilot was sitting in front of the wing, the two observers sat in a row behind the wing.
Between the two observers was a so called "office" was decorated with room for a desk, cameras and the like.
The armament they had access to was a rotating machine gun on a Scarff ring called the rear observer and a machine gun in the bottom for the forward observer.

Fokker later developed a seaplane version of the C.VIII, designated C.VIIIw, which had incorporated many improvements. This type was delivered to the RNlNAS (MLD).
In 1933 Fokker offered an improved version, but this was not accepted


Technical information
Length: 10,60 m Wingspan: 14,03m
Height: - m Wing area: - m2
Empty weight: 1650 kg Max. start weight: 2500 kg
Max. speed: 230 km/hr Rate of climb: - m/min
Range: 670 km Service ceiling: 6500 m
Engine: One Hispano Suiza HS-12Lb rated 650 pk
Crew: Three men
Armament: -


Soesterberg was it any further testing. The pilots, however, had many complaints.
The position of the pilot was wrong, but according to Fokker this was according the requirements.
Furthermore, the manoeuvrability and performance was poor, but Fokker stated this was a consequence of the requirements. The performance would be significantly improved with a slimmer body.

The LVA realized that for reconnaissance a smaller more agile aircraft like the CV, came up well over the big, bulky C.VIII.
The Fokker C.VIII was rarely used.
Until 1934 it was assigned to the SVA, (Staf Vliegtuig Afdeling), the Staff Aircraft Division, then was assigned to the flight school.
In 1938, now with the new serial 655, it was for major repairs at the LVB (LuchtVaart bedrijf), at Soesterberg and probably written off in 1939.

Fokker C.8 651 op Soesterberg. Van links.
Fokker C.VIII 651 at Soesterberg.
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Een Fokker C 8 Hispano jachtvliegtuig van de Luchtvaartafdeling van de Koninklijke Landmacht
Fokker C.VIII.
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Verkeningsvliegtuig-zware zeeverkenner Fokker C-VIII (1930-1940)  Op het platvorm van Soesterberg. Van deze strategische verkenner werd in 1928 slechts één exemplaar aan de L.V.A. afgeleverd, die de registratie
Fokker C-VIII on the Soesterberg platform.
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SerialConstr. nr.Date in serviceDate out of serviceNotes
651   29-08-1928 1939 ?  


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SchemeColour nameWEMHumbrolXtraColorVallejo Model ColorVallejo Model Air
Standard #1Upper surfaces LVA Khaki AC D04 29? / 155? x2? /x251? 70.921? / 70.887?  
Undersides LVA Blue AC D05 115 ? X-214?    

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Delivery scheme Fokker C.VIII.
Fokker C.VIII: scheme applied from autumn 1938 with new serial 655.
Fokker C.VIII: scheme with orange triangles applied from septemeber 1939 and on.



Nederlandse Militaire Luchtvaart in Beeld.deel 1. Hugo Hooftman Pag. 108 1977 Uitgeverij: Europese Bibliotheek; Zaltbommel
Fokker, Bouwer aan de wereldluchtvaart Thijs Postma Pag. 76 - 77 1979 Uitgeverij Unieboek b.v., Houten
De Nederlandse Vliegtuigen; Alle vliegtuigen ooit in Nederland ontworpen en gebouwd Theo Wesselink & Thijs Postma Pag. 75 1982 Uitgeverij Romen Luchtvaart, Haarlem
Luchtvaartwereld; 2e jaargang nummer 11: Fokker C.VIII; De "zwangere eend" Frits Gerdessen pag. 321 - 322 1985 Uitgeverij Ten Brink, Meppel
KLu Vliegtuigen: De vliegtuigen van de Koninklijke Luchtmacht vanaf 1913 Wim Schoenmaker & Thijs Postma Pag. 50 1987 Uitgeverij De Alk, Alkmaar
Camouflage en Kentekens J.Greuter e.a.   1997 Bonneville – Bergen (NH)