Fokker E.I Eindecker

Specifications

1st Flight 1915

Crew: 1

Length: 7.22 m (23 ft 8 in)

Wingspan: 8.85 m (29 ft 0 in)

Height: 2.9 m (9 ft 6 in)

Wing area: 15.9 m2 (171 sq ft)

Empty weight: 360 kg (794 lb)

Gross weight: 563 kg (1,241 lb)

Powerplant: 1 × Motorenfabrik Oberursel U.0 7-cylinder air-cooled rotary engine (clone of Gnome Lambda engine), 60 kW (80 hp)

Propellers: 2-bladed wooden fixed-pitch propeller, 2.3–2.5 m (7 ft 7 in–8 ft 2 in) diameter

Performance

Maximum speed: 130 km/h (81 mph, 70 kn)

Cruise speed: 110 km/h (68 mph, 59 kn)

Range: 198 km (123 mi, 107 nmi)

Service ceiling: 3,000 m (9,800 ft)

Time to altitude: 2,000 m (6,562 ft) in 20 minutes

Armament

Guns: 1 × forward-firing 7.92 mm (.312 in) Spandau lMG 08 machine gun (one Parabellum MG14 M/G on prototypes)

Variants

The Fokker E.I was the first fighter aircraft to enter service with the Fliegertruppe of the Deutsches Heer in World War I.

Its arrival at the front in mid-1915 marked the start of a period known as the “Fokker Scourge” during which the E.I and its successors achieved a measure of air superiority over the Western Front.

54 aircraft built.

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