Fokker B.I

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Fokker B.I
Fokker B.I M7.jpg
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Fokker
Introduction Jan 1915 [1]
Primary users Cross-Pattee-Heraldry.svg Austria-Hungary
Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 20 Germany[1]; 39 A-H[2]
Engine 80hp Oberursel rotary
Armament none
Crew 2
Max Speed 130 km/h (81 mph) [3]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 8:00[3]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 15:30 [3][note 1]

About twenty unarmed Fokker B.I biplanes served with Germany in 1915, with a peak in May-June. They were production copies of the Fokker M7 sesquiplane two-seaters. Some were used by German Naval shore stations. [4] They were retired by the end of 1915.

Austria-Hungary purchased thirty-nine M7 or M10 biplanes and designated them the Fokker B.I Series 03 in four purchase orders between September 1914 through May 1915. The first of them arrived in early 1915 and the last arrived in January 1916. They served on all Austro-Hungarian fronts except in high altitude where the light engine struggled. After their active service ended, they were moved into training duties. [2]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Fokker B.I.

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Notes
  1. M7 numbers. The M10 climbed 2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 25:00.[3]
  2. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[5]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Gray, p.326.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Grosz'93, p.393.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Grosz'93, p.394.
  4. Gray, p.336.
  5. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
Bibliography
  • 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.
  • Peter M. Grosz, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.