The Planes: 1926 Fokker
Length: 49' 2";
Wingspan: 63' 3";
Weight (empty): 6,800 lbs.
Construction Materials: Metal tubing and fabric fuselage,
Builder: Netherlands Aircraft Manufacturing
Cost: Approximately $40,000
Number Built: 42 (this one is serial
Engine Type: Three Wright Whirlwind,
9-cylinder, 200-horsepower, radial, air-cooled internal
Engine Builder: Wright Aeronautical
Company, Patterson, New Jersey
Maximum Speed: 118 m.p.h.
Maximum Range: 1,600 miles
The Josephine Ford
Because Edsel Ford funded Byrd’s trip to the Arctic, the plane
was named for his daughter, Josephine. Tony Fokker, the manufacturer,
wanted to be sure no one mistook the plane for a Ford, so he painted
the giant “FOKKER” on the wings and fuselage. There’s
no heater in this plane, so temperatures inside the cabin could have
easily reached -50° F while flying through the Arctic sky.