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Fokker V.5 (Fokker F.I)

Imperial Germany (1917)
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The Fokker V.5 directly influenced the design of the class of Fokker Dr.I triplane fighter - the iconic mount of the Red Baron.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Fokker V.5 (Fokker F.I) Triplane Fighter Prototype.  Entry last updated on 10/28/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

Before the "Red Baron" made the Fokker triplane fighter his last mount-of-choice in World War 1 (1914-1918), there was a progressive road undertaken by the company to perfect the three-winged design inspired by the British Sopwith Triplane (detailed elsewhere on this site). The Sopwith Triplane made its first, and very successful, combat debut in February of 1917 and immediately changed Fokker design plans with their earlier V.4 prototype. This model was eventually passed on to the Austro-Hungarians for evaluation and work by Fokker continued on the triplane-minded V.5 and V.6 prototypes in parallel. The V.5 - essentially an improved form of the V.4 - won out over the competing V.6 and laid the framework for the Fokker Dr.I triplane seen in the latter war years. The V.5 was also known as the "F.I".

Design of the V.5 is attributed to Reinhold Platz who also designed the V.4 and V.6 triplane prototypes.

As expected, the triplane wing arrangement was carried over from the earlier V.4 and many design features common to warplanes of the period were in play - an open-air cockpit, fixed, wheeled undercarriage, front-mounted engine driving a two-bladed wooden propeller, and traditional single-finned tail unit. Power to the series was from a Le Rhone rotary piston engine of 110 horsepower. Three V.5 aircraft were completed and these served in testing the nuances of triplane flight.

The stage was now set to move the line onto the Fokker V.6 - which also ended its days as a prototype and nothing more.

Any available statistics for the Fokker V.5 (Fokker F.I) Triplane Fighter Prototype are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (99mph).

    Graph average of 75 miles-per-hour.
Relative Operational Ranges
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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National Origin: Imperial Germany
Service Year: 1917
Classification Type: Triplane Fighter Prototype
Manufacturer(s): Fokker-Flugzeugwerke - Imperial Germany
Production Units: 3
Global Operators:
Imperial Germany
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Fokker V.5 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
18.70 ft


Meters
5.7 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
23.62 ft


Meters
7.2 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
9.68 ft


Meters
2.95 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
882 lb


Kilograms
400 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
1,268 lb


Kilograms
575 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Le Rhone rotary piston engine developing 110 horsepower and driving two-bladed wooden propeller at nose.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
99 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
160 kph


Knots
86 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
180 mi


Kilometers
290 km


Nautical Miles
157 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
19,685 ft


Meters
6,000 m


Miles
3.73 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
900 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
274 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

PROPOSED:
2 x 7.92mm LMG 08/15 machine guns over the nose set to fire through the spinning propeller blades.
Supported Weapon Systems:

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Variants: Series Model Variants
• V.5 - Base Series Designation; three prototypes completed.