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Fokker T-2

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Under the auspices of the U.S. Army Air Service, the Fokker T-2 made the first nonstop U.S. transcontinental flight in 1923. Two failed attempts at a west-to-east crossing were followed by a successful east-to-west flight when Air Service Lieutenants Oakley Kelly and John Macready took off from Long Island, New York, on May 2 and landed at Rockwell Field, San Diego, California, on May 3, slightly more than 26 hours and 50 minutes later.The airplane was the fourth in a series of transport designs by famed Dutch manufacturer Anthony Fokker and his chief designer, Rheinhold Platz. Manufactured as a Fokker F-IV, the aircraft was purchased by the U.S. Army Air Service in June 1922 and re-designated the Air Service Transport 2, or T-2. Required modifications for the transcontinental flight, such as increasing the fuel capacity, making structural reinforcements, and adding a second set of controls, were carried out at McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio.

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  • Title: Fokker T-2
  • Physical Dimensions: Wingspan: 24.5 m (80 ft 5 in), Length: 15.2 m (49 ft 10 in), Height: 3.7 m (12 ft 2 in), Weight: Gross, 4,932 kg (10,850 lb) at takeoff for coast-to-coast flightEngine: Liberty V-12, 420 horsepower
  • External Link: https://airandspace.si.edu/collection/id/nasm_A19240003000
  • Medium: Metal, wood, fabric, rubber

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