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Fokker V.5 (Fokker F.I)

Triplane Fighter Prototype

Fokker V.5 (Fokker F.I)

Triplane Fighter Prototype

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OVERVIEW



The Fokker V.5 directly influenced the design of the class of Fokker Dr.I triplane fighter - the iconic mount of the Red Baron.
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ORIGIN: Imperial Germany
YEAR: 1917
MANUFACTURER(S): Fokker-Flugzeugwerke - Imperial Germany
PRODUCTION: 3
OPERATORS: Imperial Germany
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Fokker V.5 (Fokker F.I) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 18.70 feet (5.7 meters)
WIDTH: 23.62 feet (7.2 meters)
HEIGHT: 9.68 feet (2.95 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 882 pounds (400 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 1,268 pounds (575 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Le Rhone rotary piston engine developing 110 horsepower and driving two-bladed wooden propeller at nose.
SPEED (MAX): 99 miles-per-hour (160 kilometers-per-hour; 86 knots)
RANGE: 180 miles (290 kilometers; 157 nautical miles)
CEILING: 19,685 feet (6,000 meters; 3.73 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 900 feet-per-minute (274 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



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



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


HISTORY



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.




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    This entry's maximum listed speed (99mph).

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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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