In 1926 Anthony Fokker formulated plans to create an original aircraft designed for utility and air transport. The design was spearheaded by Robert Noorduyn and based on conventional Fokker designs. The mixed-material construction featured a welded steel tube frame for the fuselage and tail surfaces that were covered in fabric as well as a large wing constructed of wood with a wingspan of 50 ft 8 in, mounted above the fuselage. Although the overall design was quite "clean," all cables, horns and attachments were mounted externally, adding considerably to the drag.
Built in the late 1920s, the Super Universal, like its predecessor, the Universal, was a single engine, high wing monoplane, intended for service as a six-seat airliner. Robert Noorduyn, who would next design the Norseman, played an important role in the Super Universal's development. The airframe was enlarged and strengthened, and much to the pilot's appreciation, the cockpit enclosed.
in 1928, by three Fokker Super Universals, including NC6880, were purchased by National Parks Airways new from the Atlantic Aircraft Corporation. NC6880 was sold to the Jellison FS on 06.16.28. The Jellison FS subsequently sold the aircraft to Western Air Express in November 1937.
A particularly noteworthy Super Universal was that the "Virginia," the first Super Universal from the production series, was used by Richard E. Byrd on his Antarctic expedition of 1928. This aircraft was damaged after being turned over in a strong wind and was abandoned by Byrd, although he revisited it on a subsequent expedition to salvage the engine and other components. It was rediscovered by a New Zealand expedition in 1987.
The Fokker Super Universal was powered by one 317kW Pratt & Whitney Wasp radial piston engine, its take off weight was 5269 lb, max speed 118 mph, and its range was 675 miles.
Fokker Super Universal CF-AAM, which was reconstructed using the parts of four wrecked airplanes, is on display at the Western Canada Air Museum.
For a 45-second video clip of Fokker Super Universal NC126M in flight and during ground maneuvers click HERE.