Fokker D.VIII

The Fokker E.V was a German parasol-monoplane fighter aircraft designed and built by Fokker-Flugzeugwerke.

The E.V was the last Fokker design to become operational with the Luftstreitkräfte, entering service in the last months of World War I.

After several fatal accidents due to wing failures, the aircraft was modified and redesignated Fokker D.VIII.

Dubbed the Flying Razor by Allied pilots, the D.VIII had the distinction of scoring the last aerial victory of the war.

Variants

V.26

Initial prototype.

V.27

V.26 with 195 hp (145 kW) Benz IIIb V8 engine.

Participated in the second D-type competition.

V.28

Prototype fitted with either a 108 kW (145 hp) Oberursel Ur.III.

Or

118 kW (160 hp) Goebel Goe.III rotary engine.

V.29

Larger version of the V.27 initially fitted with a 160 hp (119 kW) Mercedes D.III and later with a 185 hp (138 kW) BMW IIIa, both inline water-cooled engines.

Participated in the third D-type competition.

V.30

Single-seat glider modification of V.26.

Specifications

Crew

1

Length

5.86 m (19 ft 3 in)

Wingspan

8.34 m (27 ft 4 in)

Height

2.6 m (8 ft 6 in)

Wing area

10.7 m2 (115 sq ft)

Empty weight

405 kg (893 lb)

Gross weight

605 kg (1,334 lb)

Powerplant

1 × Oberursel UR.II 9-cyl air-cooled rotary piston engine, 82 kW (110 hp)

Performance

Maximum speed

204 km/h (127 mph, 110 kn)

Endurance

1.5 hours

Service ceiling

6,000 m (20,000 ft)

Rate of climb

8.333 m/s (1,640.4 ft/min)

Armament

Guns

2 × 7.92 mm (0.312 in) Spandau MG08 machine guns.

 

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