The Netherlands: Profitable Friendship

For more than a decade, half the world's aircraft manufacturers have been struggling to develop a latter-day replacement for the traditional workhorse of the airways, Douglas Aircraft's 26-year-old DC-3. The planemaker that has come closest is Royal Netherlands Fokker Aircraft, whose sleek, twin-turboprop F-27 Friendship is now used by 36 airlines spanning all six continents.

An Assist for the Kaiser. Fokker's past is not all friendship. The company was founded in 1913 in Germany by a ruthless, conniving aircraft designer named Anthony Fokker, who shucked off his allegiance to The Netherlands...

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