Fokker V1 / V2 / V3

Specifications

1st Flight 1917

Crew: 1

Length: 5.64 m (18 ft 6 in)

Upper wingspan: 8.00 m (26 ft 3 in)

Lower wingspan: 5.56 m (18 ft 3 in) (Linear dimensions scaled from drawing.)

Powerplant: 1 × Oberursel U.1, 75 kW (100 hp)

Performance Armament

2x Spandau machine guns

Variants

V-1  

The Fokker V.1 was a small German sesquiplane experimental fighter prototype sporting a parasol wing built in 1916.

V-2

The V.2 and V.3 aircraft were developed from the Fokker V.1, but utilized an 89 kW (120 hp) Mercedes liquid-cooled inline engine instead of the rotary.

This is similar to the Fokker V.6 being tested as the Fokker V.5 was being developed.

Like the V.1, the fuselage was circular in cross section, and the wings were covered with plywood.

To match the center of pressure and center of gravity with the heavier engines, these aircraft had their upper wing’s outboard sections swept back.

For many decades, the V.3 was thought to be a modification to the V.2 instead of a separate aircraft.

The designation was known, and assigned in error to the first triplane, which also had cantilever wings.

That aircraft was, however, the V.4, not the V.3.

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