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Fokker V.5 (Fokker F.I)

Triplane Fighter Prototype

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."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Fokker V.5 Triplane Fighter Prototype.
1 x Le Rhone rotary piston engine developing 110 horsepower and driving two-bladed wooden propeller at nose.
99 mph
160 kph | 86 kts
Max Speed
19,685 ft
6,000 m | 4 miles
Service Ceiling
180 miles
290 km | 157 nm
Operational Range
900 ft/min
274 m/min
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Fokker V.5 Triplane Fighter Prototype.
18.7 ft
5.70 m
O/A Length
23.6 ft
(7.20 m)
O/A Width
9.7 ft
(2.95 m)
O/A Height
882 lb
(400 kg)
Empty Weight
1,268 lb
(575 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Fokker V.5 (Fokker F.I) Triplane Fighter Prototype .
2 x 7.92mm LMG 08/15 machine guns over the nose set to fire through the spinning propeller blades.
Notable series variants as part of the Fokker V.5 (Fokker F.I) family line.
V.5 - Base Series Designation; three prototypes completed.

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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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Total Production: 3 Units

Contractor(s): Fokker-Flugzeugwerke - Imperial Germany
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