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F26 Phantom The Forgotten First Jetliner


Welcome to our video about the Fokker F-26 Phantom, the first jetliner that never made it to production. In the aftermath of World War II, Fokker, once a dominant manufacturer of passenger aircraft, teamed up with Dutch airline KLM and the Dutch National Institute for Aircraft Development to come up with a design for a jetliner. The F26 was unveiled at the 1946 Paris Air Show, where it generated a lot of interest but no orders.

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The F26 Phantom’s design included a low-wing layout with a 17-seat pressurized fuselage, fully retractable gear, and two Rolls-Royce Nene RB.41 series I jet engines. The engines, with a thrust of 23 kN each, were the most powerful available at that time. The passenger cabin had a single aisle layout, with two seats abreast on the right and a single row on the left. A toilet was located at the rear of the plane, and there were two cargo bays.

Despite the potential of the F26 design, KLM’s executive Mr Plesman believed that producing a jetliner was too big a project for Fokker alone and pushed for cooperation with British manufacturer de Havilland. However, this cooperation mainly focused on engine-related issues, and no combined effort in producing jetliners ever took place. Fokker went on to develop the more feasible design, the F27 Friendship.


The F26 Phantom was never intended to become a reality, but its significance lies in its early appearance as a jet-powered aircraft when no jet-powered passenger aircraft were designed. The all-metal F26 design was meant to be a technical and economic feasibility study only. The aircraft was designed for a flight crew of three people, including two pilots and one radio operator.This video includes specifications of the Fokker F26 Phantom, such as the cruise speed of 800 km/h, a range of 1,000 km, and the estimated dimensions of the aircraft./Found And Explained