Monday, December 3, 2012

Fokker D.VII

Among the most potent fighter designs of late WWI, Fokker's D.VII was built in response to an early 1918 requirement for a new single-seat fighter. Despite this late start, over 700 D.VIIs were to be completed by the end of the war, with Albatross building the type under license.

The D.VII's airframe owed much to the Dr.I triplane; early aircraft had the Mercedes D.III engine, but the definitive powerplant was the BMW III. The D.VII helped form the basis of Fokker's E.V/D.VIII parasol monoplane, although this slightly later design used the Dr.1's engine.

Significant numbers of intact D.VIIs were handed over after the Armistice, and the US reengined some of theirs with Liberty L-6s.

D.VII on display at the Air Force Museum
Replica D.VII on display at Dayton, as seen in July 2012. This example is finished in the colors of JG 35b's Lt. Rudolph Stark.

The D.VII greatly influenced the design of the larger V38 prototype; this was too late for wartime use, but after Fokker relocated to the Netherlands, the type was put into production as the C.1 reconnaissance aircraft. The C.I was in turn developed into the C.II 3-seater and the C.III trainer.

The Hangar 9 RC D.VII

Fokker D.VII paper model 

 Photo from the cockpit of the Smithsonian's D.VII


Color profiles of D.VIIs, including aircraft of Jasta 13, Jasta 35, Jasta 43, Belgium, Czechoslavakia, and Switzerland.  Air International April 1984  p.200-201

Dr. Bill Funcke  "Workbench Reviews: Eduard's 1/48 scale Fokker D.VII" FineScale Modeler January 2006  p.64-65

D. Edgar Brannon Fokker D.VII in action   Squadron/Signal Publications, 1996
Some highlights:

  • Large photo of Herman Goering in a VIIF
  • Side view diagrams of the VII prototype, D.VII early/late models, and Albatros and A.O.W.-built aircraft
  • D.VII (early) 3-view and specifications
  • Scrap diagrams showing the different engine louver configurations
  • Two photos of an aircraft with an experimental wooden fuselage
  • Details of the Spandau machine guns
  • Exhaust system details
  • Color profiles of aircraft from JG 2, Jastas 4, 16B, 53, and 74
  • Postwar D.VIIs in service with Poland and Switzerland, plus several pages of photos depicting aircraft in the US.

Scale Models:

The D.VII has been kitted in 1/72 scale by Revell, and in 1/48  by Monogram

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