On Tuesday April 2nd 2018, the Dutch historian and writer Marc Dierikx visited The Netherland Clubto to launch his book ‘Anthony Fokker – The Flying Dutchman who shaped American Aviation‘. He presented the first copy to Consul General Dolph Hogewoning.
After the book presentation, Marc Dierikx held a lively TNC TALK about Anthony Fokker: The Flying Dutchman Who Shaped American Aviation. Fokker, who came from an affluent Dutch family, stumbled his way into aviation in Germany in 1910, but with a combination of industrial espionage, luck, and deception, he became Germany’s leading aircraft manufacturer during World War I, making him a multi-millionaire in his mid-twenties.
After World War 1 Fokker moved to the United States and set up business in New York and New Jersey in 1921. Shortly thereafter, he became the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer, producing for the U.S. Army and Navy, and legendary carriers such as Pan American and TWA.
Yet despite his astonishing success, his empire collapsed in the late 1920s after a series of ill-conceived business decisions and deeply upsetting personal dramas. Using previously undiscovered sources, Marc Dierikx traces Fokker’s extraordinary life and celebrates his spectacular achievements.
Anthony Fokker, who died on 23 December 1939 at the age of 49 in New York, as he was an honorable member of The Netherland Club of NY.