Fokker V.6 (Fokker D.VII)
Imperial Germany (1917)
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
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.
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This entry's maximum listed speed (96mph).
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