Fokker T-2

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    Fokker T-2

    Engine: Liberty V-12 (408-hp) Manufacturer: Ford Motor Car Company Serial No.: A.S. No. 5142 Propeller: Fixed-Pitch, Two-Blade, Wood Manufacturer: Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Co. Markings: Curtiss Propeller #1249, Walnut, Standing RPM 1415, Part No. 047315, A.S. No. 110781, Plane MB-2, NBS-1 Overall Radius: 159 cm (62.5 in.) measured on displayed aircraft. (Dwg. 047315, from Air Service Report) Weight: Gross, 4,932 kg (10,850 lb) at takeoff for coast-to-coast flight

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    Engine: Liberty V-12 (408-hp) Manufacturer: Ford Motor Car Company Serial No.: A.S. No. 5142 Propeller: Fixed-Pitch, Two-Blade, Wood Manufacturer: Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Co. Markings: Curtiss Propeller #1249, Walnut, Standing RPM 1415, Part No. 047315, A.S. No. 110781, Plane MB-2, NBS-1 Overall Radius: 159 cm (62.5 in.) measured on displayed aircraft. (Dwg. 047315, from Air Service Report) Weight: Gross, 4,932 kg (10,850 lb) at takeoff for coast-to-coast flight

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    Fokker T-2

    Engine: Liberty V-12 (408-hp) Manufacturer: Ford Motor Car Company Serial No.: A.S. No. 5142 Propeller: Fixed-Pitch, Two-Blade, Wood Manufacturer: Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Co. Markings: Curtiss Propeller #1249, Walnut, Standing RPM 1415, Part No. 047315, A.S. No. 110781, Plane MB-2, NBS-1 Overall Radius: 159 cm (62.5 in.) measured on displayed aircraft. (Dwg. 047315, from Air Service Report) Weight: Gross, 4,932 kg (10,850 lb) at takeoff for coast-to-coast flight

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    Fokker T-2

    Engine: Liberty V-12 (408-hp) Manufacturer: Ford Motor Car Company Serial No.: A.S. No. 5142 Propeller: Fixed-Pitch, Two-Blade, Wood Manufacturer: Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Co. Markings: Curtiss Propeller #1249, Walnut, Standing RPM 1415, Part No. 047315, A.S. No. 110781, Plane MB-2, NBS-1 Overall Radius: 159 cm (62.5 in.) measured on displayed aircraft. (Dwg. 047315, from Air Service Report) Weight: Gross, 4,932 kg (10,850 lb) at takeoff for coast-to-coast flight

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    T-2 at the Smithsonian

    The Smithsonian acquired the T-2 in 1924.

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    Fokker T-2

    A Fokker T-2 on display in the Pioneers of Flight gallery at the National Mall building.
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    Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery

    The Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery, located in the National Mall building, is an exhibition about the  growth and influence of aviation and rocketry during the 1920s and 1930s. The fully-renovated gallery will open to the public Nov. 19, 2010.

    Aircraft in this image: the Douglas World Cruiser "Chicago," the Curtiss R3C-2 Racer,  the Fokker T-2, Amelia Earhart's Lockheed 5B Vega and the Lindberghs' Lockheed 8 Sirius "Tingmissartoq."

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    Fokker T-2 Panorama

    Panoramic view inside the front of the Fokker T-2.

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    Fokker T-2 Rear Panorama

    Panoramic view inside the rear of the Fokker T-2.

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Under the auspices of the U.S. Army Air Service, the Fokker T-2 made the first nonstop U.S. transcontinental flight in 1923. Two failed attempts at a west-to-east crossing were followed by a successful east-to-west flight when Air Service Lieutenants Oakley Kelly and John Macready took off from Long Island, New York, on May 2 and landed at Rockwell Field, San Diego, California, on May 3, slightly more than 26 hours and 50 minutes later.

The airplane was the fourth in a series of transport designs by famed Dutch manufacturer Anthony Fokker and his chief designer, Rheinhold Platz. Manufactured as a Fokker F-IV, the aircraft was purchased by the U.S. Army Air Service in June 1922 and re-designated the Air Service Transport 2, or T-2. Required modifications for the transcontinental flight, such as increasing the fuel capacity, making structural reinforcements, and adding a second set of controls, were carried out at McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio.