|First flight||May 1915|
|Primary users|| Germany|
|Number built||48 [note 1]|
|Wingspan||8.53 m (28 ft)  - 8.92 m (29 ft 3 in)|
|Engine||80hp Oberursel U.0 rotary|
|Armament||sync. fixed IMG08/15|
|Max Speed||130 km/h (81 mph)|
|Climb||1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 7:00|
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 20:00
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 40:00
|Ceiling||3,000 m (10,000 ft)|
The Fokker Eindeckers were not famous for their flying qualities, they were made famous by the first synchronized gun deployed on a fighter and by the new combat tactics that innovation allowed. The E.III was by far the most numerous type, with 249 to 282 of them built and accepted of the 415 overall. Fokker E.I's first arrived at the front in July 1915 and were followed by E.IIs and E.III's in August. They had an immediate impact, both in valuable fighter training for many German pilots and on the enemy air corps, whose pilots complained they were "Fokker Fodder". By mid-1916 the Eindeckers had met their match in planes like the Nieuport 11, DH2, and FE2b, but fortunately for the German pilots there were intermediate replacements like the Halberstadts before the arrival of the game-changing Albatros D.I-D.III.
In comparison to the most common variety, the E.III, the E.I has a taller undercarriage and control pylons, an extended starboard cowl cheek for the cylindrical ammo canister, and it lacks the wing compass.
The earliest E.Is retained a second seat for an observer just behind the pilot and a door in the cockpit floor could be opened to provide a downward view for the pilot. In an attempt to make an "invisible" aeroplane, there was an experimental version of the E.I with the surfaces covered in transparent cellulose rather than fabric. The experiment cannot have been a success, though because the cellulose was soon replaced with normal fabric.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Fokker E.I.
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Miniatures and Models
A Fokker E.III makes a fine substitute.
- Shapeways: Reduced Aircraft Factory
- 43 M14 and 5 M5KMG
- Bruce'65, p.5.
- Grosz'93, p.397.
- Grosz'02, p.32.
- Lamberton, pp.218-219.
- Bruce'65, p.12.
- Kelly, p.230.
- Bruce'65, p.6.
- J. M. Bruce, Profile Publications 38: The Fokker Monoplanes. Great Britain: Profile Publications, Ltd., 1965.
- 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.
- P. M. Grosz, Windsock Datafile 91: Fokker E.I/E.II. Great Britain: Albatros Publications Ltd., 2002. ISBN 1-902207-46-7
- Kevin Kelly, "Belts and Drums: A Survey of First World War Aircraft Ammunition Totals". Over the Front, Vol. 5, No. 3, Autumn 1990. Walsworth Publishing Co, Inc. and The League of World War I Aviation Historians.
- W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.