Though Fokker had won the love of German fighter pilots in 1915 with their Eindeckers, their early biplanes were uninspired and suffered from poor workmanship. The inline-engined Fokker D.I and D.IV and the rotary-engined Fokker D.II and D.III were substandard relative to competitors like the Halberstadt D.II and the Albatros fighters, and on 6 December 1916 all Fokker biplanes were withdrawn from front-line service due to structural failures both in static testing and in combat use.
|First flight||June 1916|
|Primary users|| Germany|
|Wingspan||9.04 m (29 ft 8 in) |
|Engine||120hp Mercedes D.II inline or|
100hp Mercedes D.I inline
|Armament||fixed, sync. LMG08/15|
|Max Speed||150 km/h (93 mph)|
|Climb||1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 5:00 or 4:00|
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 9:00-11:00
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 15:00-16:00
|Ceiling||4,000 m (13,100 ft) |
The D.I was powered by a 120hp Mercedes D.II and armed with a single fixed machine gun. In an unusual decision for 1916, the plane used wing-warping rather than ailerons. Their first service was in summer 1916. 112 were constructed: ninety for the Fliegertruppe; six for the Navy; and a further sixteen were sent to Austria-Hungary. In November 1917 eight D.I's were sent to the Ottoman air service, but they only saw light use.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Fokker D.I.
Timeline [note 1]
Wings of Glory
|Availability||Maneuver||Damage||Dmg Points||Max Alt.||Climb|
Miniatures and Models
- Shapeways: Reduced Aircraft Factory
- German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).
- Updated card
- Grosz'99, p.12.
- Grosz'99, p.51.
- Lamberton, pp.218-219.
- Gray, p.90.
- Grosz'99, p.52.
- Grosz'99, p.13.
- Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
- Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
- P.M.Grosz. Fokker Fighters D.I-IV. Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1999. ISBN 1-902207-11-4.
- Peter M. Grosz, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.
- W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.