|First flight||summer 1918|
|Introduction||7 Aug 1918 [note 1]|
|Primary users|| Germany|
|Wingspan||8.31 m (27 ft 3 in)  to|
8.34 m (27 ft 4 in) to
8.4 m (27 ft 7 in)
|Propeller Diam.||2.6 m (8 ft 6 in)|
|Engine||110hp Oberursel U.II rotary|
|Armament||2×fixed, sync. LMG08/15|
|Max Speed||185 km/h (115 mph) to|
201 km/h (125 mph) to
204 km/h (127 mph)[note 2]
|Climb||1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 2:00|
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 5:05
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 7:30
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 8:55
4,000 m (13,100 ft) in 10:45[note 3]
|Ceiling||6,000 m (19,700 ft) to 6,300 m (20,700 ft)|
The Fokker D.VIII or E.V (as it was variously called) combined the strong, unbraced upper wing of the Fokker D.VII with a 110hp rotary engine to create a handy, maneuverable plane with great sight lines for the pilot. The first six E.V planes were rushed to the front for combat evaluation with Jasta 6. Shortages of castor oil and wing failures led to their temporary withdrawal on 21 August. Adjustments were made to the wing and the type was cleared for combat in late October, but by this time the renamed D.VIIIs had a few scant weeks to show their prowess.
It was, in fact, failures in workmanship in the Fokker wing factory at Perzina that resulted in these catastrophic problems with the E.V, and it took until late September 1918 that they could be rooted out and corrected. All of the rebuilt and newly-built planes with new wings were redesignated the D.VIII. It was not until 24 October that the D.VIII reappeared at the front, and as of 1 November 1918 there were only 85 at the front.
Despite the modest engine power, the D.VIII was found to be nimble, somewhat between the Dr.I and D.VII, and the visibility from the cockpit was outstanding. Experiments with improved engines were well under way and may have paid fruit had the war lasted longer.
Austria-Hungary contemplated the purchase and manufacture of E.V's, but shortages in lubricants forestalled any such plans. In 1919 the Polish 7th Aviation Squadron used D.VIIIs against Ukrainian forces.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Fokker D.VIII.
Timeline [note 4]
|Availability||Maneuver||Damage||Dmg Points||Max Alt.||Climb||Points|
Plane and Crew Cards
Miniatures and Models
- Ares: WGF119A Lowenhardt; WGF119B Osterkamp; WGF119C Sharon
- Shapeways: Decapod, Kampfflieger, Reduced Aircraft Factory, wwwitalik
- Metal kit: Red Eagle, Reviresco
- Metal kit: Heroics & Ros GWA304
- Shapeways: Decapod
- Metal kit: Tumbling Dice
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- Bruce'66, p.6.
- Lamberton, pp.218-219.
- Argus Vol. 1, p.70.
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- Bruce'66, p.12.
- Munson, p.80.
- Gray, p.112.
- Bruce'66, pp. 6-9.
- Grosz'93, p.411.
- Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
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- Argus Books, Airplane Archive: Aircraft of World War One, Volume 1. Great Britain: Argus Books, 1989. ISBN 0-85242-983-5
- J.M. Bruce, Profile Publications 67: The Fokker D.VIII. Great Britain: Profile Publications Ltd, 1966.
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- 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.
- 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.
- Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607