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Fokker V.6 (Fokker D.VII)

Imperial Germany (1917)
Picture of Fokker V.6 (Fokker D.VII) Triplane Fighter Prototype

The Fokker V.6 triplane fighter was an enlarged form of the V.5 prototype developed in parallel and carried a different engine - it was not furthered.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Fokker V.6 (Fokker D.VII) Triplane Fighter Prototype.  Entry last updated on 10/28/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Fokker V.6 continued the line of triplane prototype fighter begun by Fokker with the V.4 intended for the Austrian-Hungarian air service as a biplane. The line was influenced heavily by the arrival of the Sopwith Triplane unveiled by the Allies in late 1916 and seeing its first actions in early 1917. Its maneuverability, rate-of-climb, and high operating ceiling made it an instant success against the slower, less-maneuverable and heavier-armed Fokker biplanes then in service. This pressed Fokker to develop a competing type which eventually became the classic "Red Baron" Fokker Dr.I Triplane detailed elsewhere on this site.

Like the other V-series triplanes, the Fokker V.6 served as nothing more than a prototype for its service life. Developed in parallel to the earlier V.5 triplane, the V.6 was ordered on July 7th, 1917 and recorded a first flight in 1917 and carried the same basic triple-plane wing arrangement as earlier models - though the fuselage now mated to the more powerful (and heavier) Mercedes D.II six-cylinder water-cooled engine of 120 horsepower. The pilot sat in an open-air cockpit, the engine drove a two-bladed wooden propeller, and the tail unit relied on a single vertical fin with low-mounted horizontal planes. The undercarriage, as expected, was fixed to the fuselage by a series of struts and sported two wheels for ground-running.

Because of the heavier engine in play, the V.6 was a dimensionally larger aircraft design when compared to the V.5 - it saw its wing surfaces enlarged and surface areas increased while the mainplane chord was increased. The longer-wing interplanes were now joined by single solid struts angled forward to meet the staggered arrangement of the triple wings. The changes also caused the cockpit to be pushed further aft (reducing forward visibility all the more) and the fuselage to be deepened.

After a period of testing, it was found that the modified, heavier V.6 prototype added little to the overall initiative as maneuverability proved lacking against the competing V.5 prototype with its rotary engine. As such, the V.5 prototype leaped ahead of the V.6 as the basis for the Dr.I triplane fighter to come.

The V.6 was given up for good in October of 1917. The V.7 appeared for a short time and differed in having a Siemens-Halske Sh.III series engine fitted.

Performance specifications on this page are pure estimates on the part of the author.

Any available statistics for the Fokker V.6 (Fokker D.VII) 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 (96mph).

    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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Supported Mission Types:
Air-to-Air
Interception
Unmanned
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Training
Anti-Submarine
Anti-Ship
Airborne Early Warning
MEDEVAC
Electronic Warfare
Maritime/Navy
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Search/Rescue
Recon/Scouting
Special Forces
X-Plane/Development
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National Origin: Imperial Germany
Service Year: 1917
Classification Type: Triplane Fighter Prototype
Manufacturer(s): Fokker-Flugzeugwerke - Imperial Germany
Production Units: 1
Global Operators:
Imperial Germany (cancelled)
Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Fokker V.6 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
19.72 ft


Meters
6.01 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
26.48 ft


Meters
8.07 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
9.88 ft


Meters
3.01 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
959 lb


Kilograms
435 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
1,323 lb


Kilograms
600 kg

Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Mercedes D.II six-cylinder water-cooled engine developing 120 horsepower.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
96 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
155 kph


Knots
84 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
180 mi


Kilometers
290 km


Nautical Miles
157 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
18,701 ft


Meters
5,700 m


Miles
3.54 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.
Visual Armory:

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Variants: Series Model Variants
• V.6 - Prototype Model Designation; single example completed.