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Fokker C.IV
Fokker C.IVA modified with cabin for passengers for planned non-stop flight Tacoma-Tokyo. Preserved airworthy in Owls Head Museum, Maine
Role Two-seat reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Fokker
First flight 1923
Introduced 1924
Primary users Dutch Army Air Corps
United States Army Air Service
Number built 159

The Fokker C.IV was a 1920s Dutch two-seat reconnaissance aircraft designed and built by Fokker.


Design and development

The C.IV was developed from the earlier C.I but it was a larger and more robust aircraft. The C.IV was designed as a reconnaissance biplane with a fixed tailwheel landing gear and was originally powered by the Napier Lion piston engine. It had a wider fuselage and wider track of the cross-axle landing gear than the C.I.

Production and use

Examples of the C.IV were delivered to both the Dutch Army Air Corps (30 aircraft) and the Dutch East Indies Army (10 aircraft). It was also exported; the USSR bought 55 aircraft and the United States Army Air Service acquired eight. Twenty aircraft were licensed built in Spain by the Jorge Loring company for the Spanish Army. After service as reconnaissance machines the aircraft were then operated as trainers into the 1930s.

A 1923-built C.IVA was modified with an enclosed passenger cabin for a planned non-stop flight from Tacoma, Washington State, to Tokyo. It crashed after take-off and was damaged by fire. It was restored to airworthy status in the late 1990s and is displayed at the Owls Head Transportation Museum, Owls Head, Maine.[1]


Production version with a 336 kW (450 hp) Napier Lion engine.
A reduced wing-span version (12.50 m/41 ft) and reduced takeoff weight. Built for the Dutch East Indies Army.
As C.IV but using a Rolls-Royce Eagle or American Liberty engine.
Long-range reconnaissance version with extended wingspan (14.27 m/46 ft).
Extended wingspan as C.IVC and fitted with twin-floats and Napier Lion engine.
Special version for a flight between Amsterdam and Tokyo in 1924.
United States Army designation for three aircraft for evaluation.
United States Army designation for five production aircraft powered by 313 kW (420 hp) Liberty L-12A engine and fuselage extended by 24 cm (9½ in).
United States Army designation for an artillery spotting version modified from one of the XCO-4s

Specifications (C.IV)

Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 1858

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 9.20 m (30 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 12.90 m (42 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 3.40 m (11 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 39.20 m² (421.96 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 1,450 kg (3,197 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2,270 kg (5,004 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Napier Lion 12-cylinder 'arrow' piston engine, 336 kW (450 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 214 km/h (133 mph)
  • Range: 1,200 km (746 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 5,500 m (18,045 ft)


  • 1 or 2 × fixed forward-firing 7.7 mm (0.303 in) machine-guns, and twin cockpit-mounted guns

See also

Related lists




  1. ^ Ogden, 2007, p. 292


  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.  
  • Ogden, Bob (2007). Aviation Museums and Collections of North America. Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-385-4.  
  • John Andrade, U.S.Military Aircraft Designations and Serials since 1909, Midland Counties Publications, 1979, ISBN 0 904597 22 9 (Pages 40 and 98)
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 1858


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