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Fokker D.VII

Fokker D.VII (replica) 266 Luchtvaartafdeeling (Netherlands Air Force)

The Fokker D.VII was a German World War I fighter aircraft designed by Reinhold Platz of the Fokker-Flugzeugwerke.

  • Role: Fighter
  • National origin: Germany
  • Manufacturer: Fokker-Flugzeugwerke
  • Designer: Reinhold Platz
  • First flight: January 1918
  • Introduction: 1918
  • Status: Privately owned, or in museums
  • Produced: 1918–1928
  • Number built: Over 3,200

Operators

  • Argentine Naval Aviation
  • Austro-Hungarian Navy
  • Belgian Air Force
  • Bulgarian Air Force
  • Czechoslovakia
  • Royal Danish Air Force
  • Finnish Air Force
  • Germany: Luftstreitkrafte, Kaiserliche Marine
  • Hungarian Air Force
  • Netherlands: Luchtvaartafdeling
  • Latvian Air Force
  • Lithuania
  • Polish Air Force
  • Royal Romanian Air Force
  • Soviet Air Force
  • Swedish Air Force
  • Swiss Air Force
  • Ottoman Air Force
  • United States Army Air Service
  • United States Marine Corps

Specifications (D.VII with Mercedes D.III engine)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 6.954 m (22 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.9 m (29 ft 2 in)
  • Height: 2.75 m (9 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 20.5 m2 (221 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 670 kg (1,477 lb)
  • Gross weight: 906 kg (1,997 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.III 6-cyl. water-cooled in-line piston engine, 120 kW (160 hp)
    • or 1 × 130.5 kW (175 hp) Mercedes D.IIIa 6-cyl. water-cooled in-line piston engine
    • or 1 × 137.95 kW (185 hp) BMW IIIa 6-cyl. water-cooled in-line piston engine (240hp rating at low level, emergency only, risk of engine damage.)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 189 km/h (117 mph; 102 kn)
    • BMW IIIa engine – 200 km/h (124 mph)
  • Service ceiling: 6,000 m (19,685 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 3.92 m/s (772 ft/min)
    • BMW IIIa engine – 9.52 metres per second (1,874 ft/min)
  • Time to altitude:
    • 1,000 m (3,281 ft) in 4 minutes 15 seconds (1 minutes 40 seconds w/ BMW IIIa)
    • 2,000 m (6,562 ft) in 8 minutes 18 seconds (4 minutes 5 seconds w/ BMW IIIa)
    • 3,000 m (9,843 ft) in 13 minutes 49 seconds (7 minutes 0 seconds w/ BMW IIIa)
    • 4,000 m (13,123 ft) in 22 minutes 48 seconds (10 minutes 15 seconds w/ BMW IIIa)
    • 5,000 m (16,404 ft) in 38 minutes 5 seconds (14 minutes 0 seconds w/ BMW IIIa)
    • 6,000 m (19,685 ft) (18 minutes 45 seconds w/ BMW IIIa)

    Armament

  • Guns: 2 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15 “Spandau” machine guns