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The prototype was ready in early 1936 and it was delivered to Welschap airfield close to Eindhoven, where Fokker test pilot Emil Meinecke flew the first flight on the 27th of February 1936. In 1937 the Dutch government ordered 36 Fokkers equipped with the Mercury VIII engine. In addition to the Netherlands, Finland and Denmark would order the aircraft.

 
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The Finnish Air Force had already operated the Fokker D-10 and the Fokker CVE and CVD. The CX model was used as a dive bomber. The Air Force had continuous connections with the Fokker factory in the 1930's. The Fokker D.XXI was half the price of the German Messerschmitt Me-109. When the Fokker D.XXI flew the first fligh, Me-109, Heinkel He-112, Hurricane and Spitfire had already flown with much higher max speeds.

 
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Fokker D.XXI had a fixed gear and an underpowered engine for interceptions, it lacked armour and the effectiveness of the weapons was questionable. The radios were limited in the beginning and the max level speed was only 420 - 440 km/h. Finland was the first export customer for the Fokker D.XXI and signed a deal for seven aircraft and license for 14 more on the 18th of November 1937. The Fokker factory tried the so-called E-model wing with FR-76 in 1937.

 
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The max. sea level speed for II Series Fokkers was (performance for the Twin Wasp Fokker from Series IV in parenthesis) 342 km/h (354), at 2000 m 370 km/h (375) and at 5000 m 418 km/h (350). Climb to 3000 m (10.000 ft) was 3 min 27 sec (5 min 02 sec) and to 5000 m (17.000 ft) 6 min 23 sec (10 min 12 sec). Service ceiling 10100 m (9600 m) and range 950 km (800 km).

 
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It is easy to judge that the Twin Wasp Fokker had a slightly better sea level performance, but clearly lost at altitude.

 
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The Mercury Fokkers were armed with two 7,7 mm Vickers machine guns in the forward fuselage and one in each wing whereas the Wasp Fokkers didn't have fuselage weapons because of the twin radial engine. They were equipped with two 7,7 mm Browning machine guns in each wing.

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