Fokker Dr.I

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Inspired by the Sopwith Triplane, the Dr,I entered in service as an experimental machine on 28 August 1917.

After the success of the British Sopwith Triplane, the German Air Command decided to ask industries to study a triplane fighter. Anthony Fokker and Reinhold Platz answered designing the “V3” Dreidecker (triplane). Equipped with a rotary engine, it had a steel tube frame covered in canvas and wood. After several alterations, the “V4” version surclassed competition and was put into production. The engine was the rotary Oberursel Ur.II, a copy of the French Gnôme "Le Rhône".

Two pre-production planes, 102/17 and 103/17, were experimentally produced and sent to famed aces Manfred von Richtofen and Werner Voss. They were designed F.I and delivered on 28 August 1917 at Marke. Tests in combat showed remarkable agility and climbing capacity. Von Richthofen scopred two victories on 102/17 in the next two says, while Voss shot down ten enemy planes in six days on 103/17. Within three weeks he scored a total of 25.

In September 1917, a first order for 100 Fokker Dr.I was issued. In mid-October the first machines were delivered to Jasta 19 and Jasta 11. On 28th and 31st October, two aircrafts broke down during flight. Operativity was suspended. Bad raw materials and faulty construction were blamed by the inquiry commission. At the end of November production started again. A total of 320 machines were supplied and served on the Western Front with Jasta 2 “ Boelcke”, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 26, 27, 32, and 36.


Miniatures

Germany

127/17 Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen Jasta 11

204/17 Vizefeldwebel Paul Bäumer Jasta 2 "Boelcke"

213/17 Fritz Kempf

425/17 Manfred von Richthofen

433/17 Arthur Rahn

454/17 Leutnant Lothar von Richthofen Jasta 11

586/17 Leutnant Hans Kirschstein Jasta 6


Cards

Germany

103/17 Leutnant Werner Voss Jasta 29

204/17 Vizefeldwebel Paul Bäumer Jasta 2 "Boelcke"

213/17 Leutnant Fritz Kempf Jasta 2 “Boelcke”

433/17 Leutnant Arthur Rahn Jasta 19

425/17 Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen Jasta 11

454/17 Leutnant Lothar von Richthofen Jasta 11

564/17 Leutnant Werner Steinhauser Jasta 11

577/17 Leutnant Rudolf Klimke Jasta 27

586/17 Leutnant Hans Kirschstein Jasta 6