[2014] Michael Martins (MHMS students): Fokker DR.1

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[2014] Michael Martins (MHMS students): Fokker DR.1

Fokker DR.1 Tri-plane

WWI German Fighter Plane

About the Fokker

The Fokker was a triplane first introduced in August of 1917. 320 of these aircraft were built for the war. The Fokker was a favorite among German fighter pilots. The top wing of 3 spanned 23 ft long across. The aircraft could last up to 1.5 hours in the air and could fly up to 19,600 feet in the air maxing out at 115 mph at 13,000 feet. The Fokker was flown by one pilot and is armed with 2 Spandau light machine guns.

Video of the Fokker

The Fokker in WW1

The Fokker was intoduces in 1917 near the end of the war. While it was not as fast as most biplanes of the time, it could easily outmanuever and outclimb during dogfights. In the beginning the Fokker was scoffed at until a prototype shot down 10 british aircraft in 6 days. It was pulled out of service in early 1918 for wing failure, but then was put back in.

Manfred von Richthofen (Red Baron) Top Ace of WW1

"It climbed like a monkey and maneuvered like the devil." {reffering to the Fokker}

Spandau Light Machine Guns on the Fokker DR.1

Click below for a great website

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"The triplane was my favourite fighting machine because it had such wonderful flying qualities. I could let myself stunt — looping and rolling — and could avoid an enemy by diving with perfect safety. The triplane had to be given up because although it was very manoeuvrable, it was no longer fast enough." -Franz Hemer


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