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The one WWI plane everyone knows is the Fokker Dr.I, though it was built in limited numbers and had a short career. The Triplane's fame was boosted by its famous pilots, most from Richtofen Geschwader, such as Manfred and Lothar von Richtofen and Werner Voss. After their introduction in August 1917, several triplanes were found to have broken up in mid-air and the type was grounded near the end of October. Corrections were made and the type resumed flights on November 10.[2]

Fokker Dr.I
Fokker DR1 at Airpower11 18.jpg
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Fokker
Designer Reinhold Platz
Introduction late Aug 1917[1][2]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 320[1]
Wingspan 7.19 m (23 ft 7 in) [3]
Engine 110hp Thulin rotary or
110hp Oberursel UR II rotary
Armament 2×sync. LMG08/15
Crew 1
Max Speed 165 km/h (103 mph)[4][5]-185 km/h (115 mph)[3]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 2:54[4]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 3:45[3]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 6:30[3]
Ceiling 6,000 m (19,600 ft)[3]-6,100 m (20,000 ft)[4][5]
Endurance 1:30 [4][5]

The triplane was quite maneuverable, but it was also slow and lacked performance at altitude, so Idflieg limited production to only 320 machines and they hit their peak in April 1918 with 171 Triplanes at the front. Due to von Richtofen's legend, the Dr.I will always remain iconic.

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

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Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
         
D A 13 14 2

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Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Gray, p.98.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rimell, p.1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Lamberton, pp.218-219.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Gray, p.101.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Munson, p.77.
Bibliography
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • 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
  • Raymond L. Rimell, Windsock Datafile 5: Fokker Triplane. Albatros Publications Ltd., 1987. ISBN 0-948414-03-0