Fokker F.VI / PW-5

Specifications

1st Flight 1921

PW-5

Crew: 1

Length: 26 ft 1 in (7.95 m)

Wingspan: 39 ft 5 in (12.01 m)

Height: 9 ft 0 in (2.74 m)

Wing area: 247 sq ft (22.9 m2)

Empty weight: 1,935 lb (878 kg)

Gross weight: 2,686 lb (1,218 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Wright-Hispano water-cooled V-8 engine, 300 hp (220 kW)

Performance

Maximum speed: 144 mph (232 km/h, 125 kn) at sea level

Endurance: 2 hours

Rate of climb: 1,585 ft/min (8.05 m/s)

Armament

Guns: 2×.30 in (7.62 mm) machine guns

Bombs: provision for small bombs on rack under fuselage

Variants

The Fokker PW-5 (designated Fokker F VI by Fokker) was a Dutch fighter aircraft of the 1920s.

It was a parasol monoplane of which twelve were built for the US Army Air Service, being used as advanced trainers.

In 1921, the US Army Air Service evaluated the Fokker D.VIII parasol monoplane, and the D.VII biplane, both fighters handed over to it after the Armistice with Germany that ended World War I.

It placed an order for two examples of a parasol monoplane fighter based on the design of the D.VIII, but powered by an American-built Hispano-Suiza V-8 engine, for evaluation.

These aircraft, designated by Fokker as Fokker F VI, had plywood-covered wooden cantilever wings similar to those in the D.VIII and the contemporary D.X fighters, and a typical Fokker welded steel-tube fuselage.

The forward fuselage was protected by armour plates, although the car-type radiator and the wing-mounted fuel tank had no such protection.

The aircraft had a fixed tailskid undercarriage, while it had no fixed fin, having a balanced rudder instead.

 

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