Fokker D.V

1st Flight 1916

After the disappointing performance of his D.I through D.IV, Fokker resolved to produce a smaller, lighter rotary-powered design.

The new prototype, designated M.21, was a development of the earlier M.17 fighter which Fokker had produced for the Austro-Hungarian Air Service.

The M.21 featured a swept back upper wing to improve pilot view.

Fokker was enthusiastic about the new aircraft, which was highly manoeuvrable.

After the addition of a modified cowling and stringers along the fuselage sides, the aircraft was designated M.22.

In October 1916, Idflieg ordered the M.22 into production as the D.V.

216 aircraft built.

Specifications

Crew: one

Length: 6.05 m (19 ft 10 in)

Wingspan: 8.75 m (28 ft 9 in)

Height: 2.30 m (7 ft 6 in)

Wing area: 15.5 m2 (167 sq ft)

Empty weight: 363 kg (800 lb)

Gross weight: 566 kg (1,248 lb)

Powerplant: 1 × Oberursel U.I rotary , 82 kW (110 hp)

Performance

Maximum speed: 170 km/h (106 mph, 92 kn)

Range: 240 km (149 mi, 129 nmi)

Service ceiling: 3,900 m (12,795 ft)

Rate of climb: 2.6 m/s (520 ft/min)

Armament

1 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15 machine gun.

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