Fokker D.I

 

1st Flight 1916

The Fokker D.I (company designation M.18) was a development of the D.II fighter.

The D.I was also flown in Austro-Hungarian service as a fighter trainer aircraft under the designation B.III.

Confusing the matter further, both the D.II and D.I arrived at the Front in German service at similar times, in July–August 1916.

144 aircraft built.

Specifications

Crew: 1

Length: 6.3 m (20 ft 8 in)

Wingspan: 9.05 m (29 ft 8 in)

Height: 2.55 m (8 ft 4 in)

Wing area: 20 m2 (220 sq ft)

Empty weight: 463 kg (1,021 lb)

Gross weight: 670 kg (1,477 lb)

Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.II 6-cylinder water-cooled in-line piston engine, 89 kW (119 hp)

Propellers: 2-bladed fixed-pitch propeller

Performance

Maximum speed: 150 km/h (93 mph, 81 kn)

Endurance: 1 hour 30 minutes

Rate of climb: 3.33 m/s (656 ft/min)

Wing loading: 33.5 kg/m2 (6.9 lb/sq ft)

Power/mass: 0.17 kg/hp

Armament

Guns:

D.I 1 × synchronised forward-firing 7.92 mm (0.312 in) LMG 08/15 machine gun

B.III optional forward-firing 8 mm (0.315 in) Schwarzlose MG M.07/12 machine gun mounted above the centre-section.

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