Early 1929, the LVA and Fokker signed a contract for two prototypes of a fighter.
Initially, two versions of the Fokker D. XV were in mind, where one would be a heavier one and the other a lighter version.
Finally the LVA chose the D.XVI, which was in a way a compromise.
In the summer of 1929 the first prototype was ready. A the second one was completed in February 1930.
It was designed by Reinhold Platz and was a half-plane with an Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar engine star Townend ring.
Initially, there were still some initial problems, but when these were resolved, it was a popular aircraft.
The machines of the LVA differed with respect to the prototypes in that the main axis of the landing gear was replaced by a separate suspension, the long strut style fuselage to the wing struts had been extinguished and the exhaust pipes were extended on both sides along the fuselage.
Fokker also built an example for the NEIAF, equipped with a 625 hp Curtiss Conqueror engine.
This aircraft made the first flight on August 20, 1930. The aircraft fell down while performing a tail-spin test during a test flight on March 20, 1931.
|Wingspan:||9,40 m||Length:||7,20 m|
|Height:||2,7 m||Wing area:||185 m2|
|Empty weight:||1050 kg||Max. start weight:||1475 kg|
|Max. speed:||330 km/hr||Climbing speed:||- m.min|
|Range:||770 km||Service ceiling:||9400 m|
|Engine type:||Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar VIIa rated 450 - 525 hp|
|Armament:||Two 7,9 mm machine guns|