S 6 - Fokker C.V (1927-1946)

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The Fokker C.V design was an early multipurpose aircraft. It could be fitted with different wings and different engines. The D and E versions were the most successful and were sold to a number of countries. C.V-D had a span of 12,5 m and the C.V-E a bit larger span, 15,3 m.  

The Swedish Air Force decided in 1927 to purchase the Fokker C.V-D as a fighter aircraft (designation J 3) and Fokker C.V-E as reconnaissance aircraft (S 6). The two types were chosen because they seemed suitable to be manufactured under licence in Sweden. 

Two aircraft of each kind were bought from the Netherlands. In the beginning of 1928, an agreement of licence production of both variants was signed. The aircraft were to be manufactured at the Air Force’s workshops at Malmen (CFM, later CVM). At the same time, six more C.V-D’s and four  C.V-E’s were purchased from Fokker. CFM built 35 Fokkers in 1929-1935. 

However, the two-seat Fokkers proved themselves not suitable as fighter aircraft. From 1931, all of the fighters were re-designated as reconnaissance aircraft. The J in the designation was changed to an S.  

The S 6 were provided the Air Force in three different versions: 

S 6 - (Fokker C.V-E). 6 aircraft imported from Fokker in the Netherlands and 24 aircraft manufactured in Sweden. They were powered with Bristol Jupiter VI engines of 450 hp.  

S 6A - (Fokker C.V-D). Eight aircraft imported from Fokker in the Netherlands and one manufactured in Sweden. They were also powered with the Bristol Jupiter VI engine. 

S 6B - (Fokker C.V-E). Ten aircraft manufactured in Sweden. They had the stronger Nohab/Mercury My VI engine of 600 hp. 

The S 6s could be fitted with both wheel or ski landing gear and also with floats.  All S 6s were armed with one 7,9 mm operated by the observer. Some S 6s had also two fixed machine-guns in the wings. Six 12 kg or two 50 kg bombs could be carried. 

One S 6B were used in 1928 when Lieutenant Einar Lundborg saved the Italian General Umberto Nobile after the disaster with his air ship ”Italia” after its flight over the North Pole. 

Length: 9,5 m. Span: 15,3/12,5 m. MTOW 2,270 (C.V-E). Max. speed 230 km/h (S 6B). 

One S 6A (photo above) is displayed at Flygvapenmuseum at Malmen near Linköping. This airframe was built at CVM at Malmen in 1934. It was written off in 1945 after 1.689 hours in the air. C/n 207. Sw AF/n 3386.

Photo below: S 6 # 476 (c/n 173) of Wing F4 at Frösön/Östersund.

For the Model Builder

The Czech company LF Models has produced a resin model kit of S 6H (the version with floats)  in scale 1:72 for sale. The catalouge number is 7269.



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Updated 2010-07-17