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B. C. Noorduyn in charge it was well served. Bob Noorduyn, who played an important part in the American works of Fokker until 1929, was already well versed in aircraft, having worked in England with Sopwith before the war and under Koolhoven with Armstrong-Whitworth and the British Aerial Transport Company during the 1914-1918 War. After parting from Fokker, and having served for a time in the Bellanca and Pitcairn works, he founded the Noorduyn Aircraft Limited at Montreal, in Canada in Equipped for ambulance work the T-2 (Fokker type FfV) wqs.

VIIB-3M was another enthusiastic air tourist who used a Fokker when he went on safari. The interior work of his aircraft was by the furniture factory of H. Pander and Zonen, constructors of the popular Pander light aeroplanes. It was luxuriously and tastefully fitted out in Finnish birch, a very light-coloured kind of wood with beautiful graining, and edged with red lacquered beading. There were four armchairs, upholstered in light red morocco-leather, and between each pair of armchairs was a folding table-leaf.

Moreover, the Dutch aeroplane was the only three-engined aircraft; all the others being single-engi ned. Fokker presented his product at each airfield in his own manner. The noise of the three roaring engines, the impressive quick climb immediately after take-off and its manoeuvrability so brilliantly demonstrated was a revelation to the spectators, for a passenger-carrying aircraft. One of the Detroit papers described it as being handled like a small' pursuit 'plane '. In order to appreciate fully the influence of this test, it should be reaUsed that commercial aviation, as it had developed in Europe since 1919, was then unknown in the United States.

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