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Fokker F.VII – Netherlands –  (Produced: 1925-1932)

The 12-passenger Fokker F.VII took to the skies in 1925 and quickly became the aircraft of choice for many early airlines in Europe and the Americas. Popularly known as the Fokker Trimotor because of its three engines, the Dutch-made plane rose to dominate the American market in the late 1920s, but a prominent crash ended that success.

Revelations that its plywood-laminate construction contributed to the 1931 crash that killed Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne grounded the planes for good. This gave rival manufacturers the chance to spread their wings, with Boeing and Douglas’ all-metal planes taking the iconic Trimotor’s place in the sky.

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