The Fokker D.VII was a German World War I fighter aircraft
designed by Reinhold Platz of the Fokker-Flugzeugwerke. It is
amongst the best-known aircraft of the First World War, and was
considered by many to be the best fighter of its time.
When the Fokker D-VII first appeared on the Western Front in
May 1918, Allied pilots at first underestimated the new fighter
because it lacked the sleek, graceful lines of the German Albatros
fighters. But they soon revised their view.
One reason for this was the soon-to-be-famous ability of the Fokker
D-VII to seemingly "hang on its propeller," and fire into the
unprotected underside of Allied aircraft.
With its high rate of climb, higher ceiling and excellent handling
characteristics, German pilots scored a remarkable 565 victories
over Allied aircraft during the month of August alone.
One of the interesting conditions of the surrender of Germany at
war's end was that the Fokker D-VII was the only aircraft
mentioned by name in the Armistice demands of November 1918,
specifically required Germany to surrender all D-VII to the Allies a
at the conclusion of hostilities.
TECHNICAL NOTESArmament:Two 7.92 Spandau machine guns, 500 rounds per barrel
Engine:Mercedes 160 hp or BMW 185 hp
Max speed:120 mph (Mercedes engine); 124 mph (BMW engine)
Ceiling:18,000 ft. (Mercedes engine); 21,000 ft. (BMW engine)
Span:29 ft. 3.5 in.
Length: 22 ft. 11.5 in.
Height:9 ft. 2.5 in.
Weight:1,540 lbs. empty; 1,939 lbs. loaded
Climb Rate1,000 m (3,281 ft) in 4 minutes 15 seconds2,000 m (6,562 ft) in 8 minutes 18 seconds3,000 m (9,843 ft) in 13 minutes 49 seconds4,000 m (13,123 ft) in 22 minutes 48 seconds5,000 m (16,404 ft) in 38 minutes 5 seconds
Known AcesHarry von Buelow-Bothkamp (Bülow-Both)
Alfred Huebner (Hübner)
Spandau Machine Guns
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