Frederick Koolhoven
Frederick Koolhoven
Photo from the website of the
Koolhoven Aeroplanes Foundation
Courtesy of Webmaster, Henri Kaper

by Henri Kaper
via email

     The Dutch Frederick Koolhoven obtained his pilot's licence, number 290, on November 8 1910 at the flying school of the brothers Hanriot in Betheny near Rheims (France).
     Soon after, he began a remarkable career as airplane constructor. Before Koolhoven started his own company in The Netherlands, he worked for British Deperdussin, Armstrong Whitworth and the British Aerial Transport Ltd.
      Koolhoven was the designer of the well known Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8 from WWI. His B.A.T. F.K.26 'Commercial' (1919) was the world's first airliner. (All other passenger planes of those days were converted military planes, the F.K.26 was the world's first aircraft specificaly designed for commercial airlines.) The F.K.55, a contra propelled fighter, was unquestionably his most spectacular design.
     The Koolhoven Aeroplanes Foundation is dedicated to preserving the work of Frederick Koolhoven. The B.A.T. F.K.23 'Bantam', the last existing Koolhoven aircraft in the world, is in restoration with the Foundation
Best wishes,
Henri Kaper
Webmaster Koolhoven Aeroplanes Foundation


This website is certainly one of most outstanding of its type on the internet. On it you will find sections devoted to: Introduction, news, books and profiles, contact, guestbook, other sites, the story of Koolhoven, Koolhoven's planes, restoration and replicas, and scale projects. It is complete, comprehensive and absolutely fascinating. I can recommend it to your attention without any reservations.
To access the site, just click on:

Koolhoven Aeroplanes Foundation


Dutch Historic Aviation Sites is an initiative to connect (and list) all the Dutch sites of the subject; this includes Dutch sites on foreign historic aviation and private sites.
Not all of these sites are written in the Dutch language! Some are in both Dutch and English, some even English only. The flags on the right are an easy indication of the language(s) of the site.
Dutch Historic Aviation Sites is an initiative of Henri Kaper (also webmaster for the Koolhoven Aeroplanes Foundation).
To access the site, just click on the logo below:

Bezoek meer Nederlandse 
historische luchtvaart sites! - Visit more Dutch historic aviation sites!
Editor's Note: The preceeding paragraphs have been quoted directly from the website, through the courtesy of Henri Kaper. I am very grateful for his support and contributions to the online community. They are beyond price...

Using the Google search engine on "Frederick Koolhoven" you will find about 51 links. If you are still curious about his career, after you have exhausted the materials on the website of the Koolhoven Aeroplanes Foundation, you may want to browse these links.

Frederick Koolhoven died in 1946
Info from the Koolhoven Aeroplanes Foundation

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