Airdrome Eindecker E-III

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Airdrome Eindecker E-III
Airdrome Aeroplanes Fokker E-III scale replica N540ZM.jpg
Role World War I replica fighter
National origin United States
Manufacturer Airdrome Aeroplanes
Designer Robert Baslee
Number built 21 (2011)
Developed from Fokker E.III

The Airdrome Eindecker E-III is a single-seat, mid-wing, conventional landing gear fighter aircraft replica produced in kit form by Airdrome Aeroplanes of Holden, Missouri.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

The Airdrome Eindecker E-III is a 3/4 scale replica of the First World War Fokker Eindecker E.III, the protagonist of the Fokker Scourge of the summer of 1915 when, equipped with a single synchronized Maxim machine gun, the Fokker E.III achieved air superiority over the western front.[1][2][3][4][5][7]


The replica E-III was designed to give aircraft homebuilders the opportunity to construct a replica fighter and was intended to appeal to the pilot who is also a history buff. The aircraft fits into the US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles category and has a standard empty weight of 238 lb (108 kg) when equipped with the standard 50 hp (37 kW) Rotax 503 engine. Optionally a 38 hp (28 kW) half Volkswagen air-cooled engine can be used, putting the aircraft in the US Experimental - Amateur-built category.[1][5][7]

The fuselage is constructed from pre-welded 4130 steel tube, along with aluminum tubing that is bolted and riveted together. The wing is conventional aluminum construction, wire braced from a short kingpost and the whole aircraft is covered with aircraft fabric. Unlike the original E-III, which utilized wing-warping, the replica has ailerons. The landing gear is bungee suspended. The engine cowling consists of a spun aluminum nose bowl with a sheet metal wrap-around.[1][5][7]

The kits are supplied complete including paint and fabric, except for the engine, propeller and instruments. Of note, the kit does not include a replica machine gun. The factory estimates that an average builder can complete the aircraft kit in 300 hours.[1][5]

The company claims that the aircraft kit can be assembled using "normal hand tools consisting of hacksaw, hand drill, file, pop rivet gun, wrenches, and hand nico press tool. Area required for construction should be approximate the size of a single car garage".[5]

Operational history[edit]

Twenty one examples had been completed by December 2011.[6]

Specifications (E-III)[edit]

Data from Cliche, Aerocrafter, Kitplanes, Airdrome Aeroplanes[1][2][3][4][5]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: no passengers
  • Length: 18 ft 0 in (5.49 m)
  • Wingspan: 30 ft 0 in (9.15 m)
  • Height: ()
  • Wing area: 96 sq ft (8.93 sq m)
  • Empty weight: 238 lb (108 kg)
  • Useful load: 242 lb (110 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 480 lb (218 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 503 two cylinder, two-stroke, 50 hp (37 kW)



  • Guns: 1 X replica Maxim machine gun (not supplied with kit)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. ^ a b c d e f Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page B-16. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4
  2. ^ a b c Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 110. BAI Communications. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  3. ^ a b c Downey, Julia: 1999 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 15, Number 12, December 1998, page 35. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  4. ^ a b c Downey, Julia: 2008 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 24, Number 12, December 2007, page 39. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Airdrome Aeroplanes (2009). "Fokker E-III Eindecker ~ 3/4 Scale Ultralight". Archived from the original on 13 December 2010. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  6. ^ a b Vandermeullen, Richard: 2012 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 40. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  7. ^ a b c d Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 92. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X

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