FOKKER D.VII GALLERY

Arguably the best fighter of WW1, around 3,300 were produced in the summer and autumn of 1918.

It is the only aircraft listed by name in The Armistice of the War requiring Germany to surrender all of them to the Allies at the conclusion of hostilities. Surviving aircraft saw continued widespread service with many other countries in the years after World War I after Fokker himself managed to smuggle many of them out of Germany to continue his business in Holland.

Previous Fokker fighters had all used Rotary engines. The D.VII used an inline 6 cylinder BMW or Mercedes engine making for a very stable gun platform. This combined with its thick airfoil section and ability to operate at high altitudes and high angles of attack made it a formidable weapon.

This aircraft still requires significant time and effort  to complete. Finding a suitable engine will take some time.

General characteristics 

Length: 6.954 m (22 ft 10 in) 
Wingspan: 8.9 m (29 ft 2 in) 
Height: 2.75 m (9 ft 0 in) 
Wing area: 20.5 m2 (221 sq ft) 
Empty weight: 670 kg (1,477 lb) 
Gross weight: 906 kg (1,997 lb) 
Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.III 6-cyl. water-cooled in-line piston engine, 160 hp 
or 1 × 175 hp Mercedes D.IIIa 6-cyl. water-cooled in-line piston engine 

or 1 × 185 hp BMW IIIa 6-cyl. water-cooled in-line piston engine  

Performance 

Maximum speed: 189 km/h (102 knts) 
BMW IIIa engine - 200 km/h (124 mph) 
Service ceiling: 6,000 m (19,685 ft) 
Rate of climb: BMW IIIa engine – 9.52 metres per second (1,874 ft/min) 

Armament: 2 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15 Spandau machine guns