Rare and Historic Aircraft Tail Fin Canvas From the only Koolhoven F.K.45 Aerobatic Biplane Ever Built, That Was Ordered For French Test Pilot René Paulhan. The fabric is painted blue and yellow with stencil name of René Paulhan and underneath F.K. 45. Below this is PP winged insignia in blue and yellow on a silver background. The fabric is single sided. Some flaking to the paint work but generally still in sound condition. Approx 42 inches x 20 inches. Fabric comes with some paperwork in Dutch which shows a picture of the aircraft.
Only 1 F.K.45 was ever built and it was the result of a 1931 order from René Paulhan, a French test pilot with Nieuport-Delage, for a light aerobatic aircraft. It was first flown in February 1932, though not delivered to Paulhan for two more years. The F.k.45 was powered by a 115 hp (86 kW) Cirrus-Hermes IIB four cylinder inverted air-cooled inline, which drove a two blade propeller. The sole F.K.45 initially flew with the test registration Z1, then with the Dutch registration PH-AIF,but when it was handed over to Paulan on 24 April 1934 it was placed on the French register as F-AMXT. Paulhan displayed it at airshows over the next two years and then sold it. In August 1938, the F.K.45 had logged only fifty hours of flight. It went on to two more owners but its final fate is unknown. A rare one of item of aviation history.