'Furricane' Flying Workshop

One of the basic trainer and recon types of the clandestine Hungarian Air Force (1921-1938) was Fokker C.V.D. biplane, manufactured at Sóstó near Székesfehérvár. In late 1930's the aircraft was already outdated. To save the production line a new streamlined fuselage was designed in 1938, as Fokker C.V.D/U. The new fuselage improved the speed of the aircraft by 10%, it increased however the mass of the machine and made the visibility poor. Third seat has been put into the observer's place and the lower part of the fuselage has been adapted for the delivery of long spare parts and materials. With those modifications the aircraft was used as a 'flying workshop', flying out from Sóstó base to various field sites. 'Furikázni' verb means in Hungarian to commute and to deliver things, this became the source of the aircraft nick(code)name - 'Furricane'. The aircraft received F-102 (i.e. recon) serials.

References A. Bonhárdt, G. Sárhidai, L. Winkler: A Magyar Királyi Honvédség fegyverzete (Arms of the Hungarian Royal Army), Zrinyi Kiadó, Budapest, 1992

Photos (L. Jávor via author): Fokker C.V.D/U Furricane F.102 ( Pict1,Pict2,Pict3). It can be concluded that the serials had been painted red. Their pattern is disrupted with (probably) green paint patches. There are no visible camouflage contours which confirms the general opinion that the aircraft was painted overall green. Note the (early) yellow ring still directly behind the cockpit. Drawings (1)