Fokker D.VII History
Reinhold Platz designed the Fokker D.VII fighter for Fokker-Flugzeugwerke, it proved to be arguably the best fighter of WWI. Unfortunately for the Luftstreitkräfte (German air force) it was just too late in WWI for the Fokker D.VII to turn the tide of defeat, this fact was obvious to the allies as well as the axis forces.
Albatros Instructed to Build the Fokker D.VII
The Fokker D.VII WW1 fighter was so superior to the Albatros D.V fighter it was intended to replace that Albatros were instructed to build them instead of their own aircraft designs, however the needs of war exceeded production and in consequence the Albatros D.V fighters already built had to remain in service until the last day of WWI due to a lack of Fokker D.VII production capability.
Fokker D.VII Fighter Post WWI
After the end of WW1 most of the surviving 3,500 Fokker D.VII fighters produced were eagerly acquired by the air forces of the victors (the US alone acquired over 200 Fokker D.VII fighters!), the Armistice agreement had specifically required that the Fokker D.VII biplane fighters to be handed over to the allies in total, no other weapon of war was singled out.
Fokker D.VII Fighter Specifications:
Crew: Pilot Only
Wing Span: 8.9 m (29 ft 2 in)
Length: 7 m (23 ft)
Height: 2.75 m (9 ft)
Empty weight: 700 kg (1,544 lb)
Gross weight: 850 kg (1,874 lb)
Maximum Speed: 186 km/h (116 mph)
Rate of Climb: 1,000 m (3,280 ft) / 3.8 min
Service Ceiling: 6,980 m (22,900 ft)
Engine: Single but varied, most aircraft used one of these - Mercedes 160 hp, 180 hp water-cooled straight 6 or a
BMW 185 hp water-cooled V12
Fokker D.VII Armament: Twin synchronized (by interrupter gear) Spandau machineguns firing through the propeller arc.