Fokker V.5 (Fokker F.I)
Imperial Germany (1917)
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
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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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
This entry's maximum listed speed (99mph).
Graph average of 75 miles-per-hour.
Relative Operational Ranges
Graph showcases the Fokker V.5's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.