Fokker Flugzeug-Werke GmbH of Schwerin I. Mecklenburg produced a series of indifferent planes until a synchronized gun was mounted to a monoplane, creating the world's first fighter with that advantage. The monoplanes were not great fliers, but the resulting "Fokker Scourge" -- along with a healthy dose of self-promotion -- gave the firm clout and name recognition that would carry forth to this day. Their D.I-IV were nothing spectacular, but the Dr.I caused a stir and the D.VII was one of the all-time best.

Anthony Fokker was active in supplementing his German business with Austro-Hungarian sales, though Austro-Hungarian purchases significantly lagged those in Germany.

Production aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:


  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Peter M. Grosz, George Haddow, and Peter Schiemer. Austro-Hungarian Army Aircraft of World War One. Flying Machines Press, 1993. ISBN 0-9637110-0-8.