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Fokker V.8

During World War I, Fokker designed the Fokker V.8, a unique aircraft with five wings that was intended for use by the Luftstreitkräfte.

This airplane was built based on the success of Fokker’s previous triplane model, the Fokker Dr.I. Anthony Fokker believed that if three wings were good, five would be even better.

The V.8 utilized some parts of the V.6 model and was constructed with three wings located at the extreme front, as well as a pair of wings situated midway along the fuselage.

The mid-fuselage biplane wings were positioned in such a way that their leading edges were nearly even with the aft end of the cockpit coaming.

The upper wings of the aircraft were equipped with balanced control surfaces.

The ones located at the front functioned as regular ailerons while those at the back worked in conjunction with the elevators.

The pilot sat in a position just ahead of the biplane wings.

The 120 hp (90 kW) water-cooled Mercedes engine used to power the aircraft was the same as that in the V.6 model.

Fokker, who served as his own test pilot, only flew the aircraft twice in October 1917 before it was ultimately abandoned.

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