Fokker D.V

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Fokker D.V
Fokker Biplane D.V G81 17, pilot, and flight crew (1916).jpg
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Fokker-Flugzeugwerke
Designer Martin Kreutzer
Introduction January 1917
Primary user Luftstreitkräfte
Number built 216

The Fokker D.V (Fokker designation M.22) was a German biplane fighter of World War I.

Design and development[edit]

After the disappointing performance of his D.I through D.IV, Fokker resolved to produce a smaller, lighter rotary-powered design. The new prototype, designated M.21, was a development of the earlier M.17 fighter which Fokker had produced for the Austro-Hungarian Air Service. The M.21 featured a swept back upper wing to improve pilot view.

Fokker was enthusiastic about the new aircraft, which was highly maneuverable. After the addition of a modified cowling and stringers along the fuselage sides, the aircraft was designated M.22. In October 1916, Idflieg ordered the M.22 into production as the D.V.

Operational history[edit]

Deliveries commenced in January 1917. Due to the low-compression Oberursel U.I, the D.V offered poor performance compared to the Albatros fighters. The D.V saw little active service and most aircraft were relegated to fighter training schools. When the Fokker Dr.I entered service in late 1917, small numbers of D.V aircraft were issued to squadrons for use as conversion trainers.

Production of the D.V totaled 216 aircraft.

Specifications[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 6.05 m (19 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.75 m (28 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 2.30 m (7 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 15.5 m2 (167 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 363 kg (800 lb)
  • Gross weight: 566 kg (1,248 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Oberursel U.I rotary, 82 kW (110 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 170 km/h (106 mph)
  • Range: 240 km (149 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 3,900 m (12,795 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 2.6 m/s (520 ft/min)

Armament

  • 1 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15 machine gun

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Gray, Peter and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. London: Putnam, 1962. ISBN 0-933852-71-1
  • Leaman, Paul. Fokker Dr.I Triplane: A World War One Legend. Hersham, Surrey, UK: Classic Publications, 2003. ISBN 1-903223-28-8.
  • Weyl, A.R. Fokker: The Creative Years. London: Putnam, 1988. ISBN 0-85177-817-8.