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Fokker D.VII Fighter (1918)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 8/15/2009

The Fokker D.VII is regarded as the best of the German World War One aircraft.

The Fokker Dr.VII is now regarded as the best German fighter of the First World War. This biplane design entered development and production towards the end of the war but aircrews still managed some very impressive kill-to-loss ratios when flying Dr.VII's.

The D.VII was similarly based on the successes of the Dr.I Dreidecker (Fokker Triplane) and featured a most revolutionary 160 horsepower engine. German pilots reported the D.VII to be quite responsive and a most capable combat platform, making an ace out of the many pilots who got a chance to fly her.

Manfred Von Richthofen test flew a D.VII prototype shortly before his death, giving it his seal of approval. D.VII's would go on to comprise both land-based air groups and naval groups for Germany until the end of the war.

The D.VII then became a highly respected machine of war, armed with two synchronized 7.92mm machine guns. One of the interesting conditions of the Armistice signed by Germany at war's end included the handover of all Fokker-brand D.VII aircraft to Allied control. Beyond that, the D.VII went on to serve in a few air forces globally after the end of hostilities. In the end, the Fokker D.VII would be considered one of the greatest aircraft of the World War One conflict.

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Specifications for the
Fokker D.VII

Focus Model: Fokker D.VII
Country of Origin: Imperial Germany
Manufacturer: Fokker Flugzeug-Werke GmbH - Germany
Initial Year of Service: 1918
Production: 1,000

Crew: 1

Length: 22.97 ft (7 m)
Width: 29.40 ft (8.96 m)
Height: 9.19ft (2.80 m)
Weight (Empty): 1,543 lb (700 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 1,936 lb (878 kg)

Powerplant: 1 x Mercedes D-III 6-cylinder liquid-cooled inline engine generating 160hp.

Maximum Speed: 117 mph (189kmh; 102 kts)
Maximum Range: 0 miles (0km)
Service Ceiling: 17,999 ft (5,486 m; 3.4 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 0 feet per minute (0 m/min)

Hardpoints: 0
Armament Suite:
2 x 7.92mm machine guns

D.VII - Base Model Designation

Imperial Germany and Netherlands East Indies.