||F307 Flying Dutchman: The Life and Legacy of Anthony Fokker
Thursdays, 11:50 – 1:15, Jul. 23 – Jul. 30
Instructor: Peter Ansoff
The name "Fokker" is most often associated with the heroics of German aviators during World War I. However, the man who built the Red Baron's aircraft was a actually Dutch citizen, and the company he founded in 1912 produced military and civilian aircraft for international markets until 1996. Fokker himself was described by a contemporary as "an enterprising pilot" with little engineering training, but having "an intense and practical imagination" and "a supersalesman's ability to promote his often unconventional schemes." This course will cover the story of the man and his company, including investigations of his role in two innovations for which he is often credited: the synchronized machine gun and the cantilevered wing.
Peter Ansoff retired in 2018 from a career as a support contractor for US Navy shipbuilding programs. He has been a member of OLLI since 2017, and has taught courses on maritime history, lighter-than-air aircraft history, and other "dusty corners of history."