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FOKKER, Anthony Herman Gerard (1890-1939), Dutch-American aircraft designer and manufacturer, born in Kediri, Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), and educated in Haarlem, the Netherlands. A pioneer in the construction of airplanes, Fokker built his first factory in Germany, where he manufactured pursuit planes during World War I. After the war Fokker established factories in the U.S., and he subsequently became an American citizen. He had great influence on developments in airplane construction, particularly in the use of welded-steel tubing in fuselage construction. His autobiography is titled The Flying Dutchman (1931).

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