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fighter
one
BMW
160 hp
1,620 lbs.
1,940 lbs.
2- 7.92 mm
22 ft. 10 in.
29 ft. 3 in.
90 mph
125 mph
800 fpm
22,950 feet
135 miles
1/17/18
1919






Fokker D-7
Fokker D-7

Many historians say that the Fokker D-7 is the best overall aircraft of World War I. It probably was the best German fighter of World War I.

Fokker Aircraft was founded by Dutchman Anthony Fokker. When his designs were rejected by Great Britain and France, he offered them to Germany and the Central Powers.

The Fokker D-7 was the successor to the Dr.1. It is arguably the most famous German fighter aircraft of WWI. Like its predecessor, the Fokker D-7 was designed primarily by Reinhold Platz, and it retained some features of its predecessor.

The new engine of the Fokker D-7, that produced 160 h.p., was a major step upward in terms of power.

The Fokker D-7 was first flown in January of 1918 by Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron. He suggested some changes to it that the manufacturer complied with. The results was an aircraft that was praised by its pilots as being especially easy to fly.

The Fokker D-7 was deployed to front line service by April of 1918. The first unit to receive the aircraft was Jagdesdchwader 1 that was headed by Ricthofen. After Ricthofen's death, Herman Goering commanded the unit.

Quick response to controls, stall resistance, excellent maneuverability, a high service ceiling, the ability to out climb and out dive other aircraft, were all characteristics of the Fokker D-7. Indeed, few Allied aircraft could match its overall performance. The fighter achieved numerous air to air combat victories in a short period of time.

Germany's first dedicated naval fighter unit, Marine-Feld-Geschwader was formed in May of 1917. On August 12, 1917, equipped with Fokker D-7 aircraft, the unit downed 19 British aircraft without sustaining a single loss.

The factory could not produce sufficient numbers of the Fokker D-7 for the war effort, so production was outsourced to Albatros and Ostdeutsche Albatros Werke.

A total of about 1,700 Fokker D-7 aircraft were produced prior to the end of the war.>

When an Armistice Agreement was signed in November of 1918, one of its conditions was that "all first-line Fokker D-7 aircraft" should be surrendered to the Allies. Such was the regard for the abilities of the Fokker D-7.

After the War, Anthony Fokker was able to smuggle some disassembled D-7 aircraft and components into Holland. Eventually he resumed production of the aircraft. Fokker D-7 aircraft were flown by the Dutch Air Force in the Netherlands East Indies through 1929. A number of former German Fokker D-7 aircraft also served with a number of European air forces for several years after the War ended.



Fokker D-7
Fokker D-7

The rc Fokker D-7 from Hangar 9 has a wingspan of 64 1/2", and length of 50". You can power it with .52 to .61 two cycle, .72 to .82 four cycle engines, or a 60 BL outrunner motor. Ready to fly weight is around 9 lbs.

Aerodrome has a rc Fokker D-7 short kit or plans of a 1/9 scale model with a 36" wingspan. You will need a Speed 400 motor geared 2.33:1 and a 10 x 6 propeller for power. It is pictured first below.

Pictured next is the rc Fokker D-7 from Electrifly with a 36" wingspan.

The third picture below is the rc Fokker D-7 built by Joe Topper from a Proctor kit. It is giant scale with an 88" wingspan.

Hobby Zone has a Fokker D-7 made from balsa and ply. Its wingspan is 63" and length is 50". Weight is around 9 3/4 lbs. You can power it with either from .52 to .61 two cycle or .72 to .82 four cycle engines.

Balsa USA has a Fokker D-7 that builds to a 88" wingspan and 69" length. Recommended engine is a G-26. Ready to fly weight is about 19 1/2 lbs.

Balsa USA has a Fokker D-7 kit with a 118" wingspan. It is 91" long and weighs around 45 lbs. It will take from 50 to 80 cc gas engines.

Pictured at the bottom of the page is the Dare Hobbies Fokker D-7 from their kit. Wingspan is 45".

K&W Model Airplanes has a Fokker D-7 with a 67" wingspan. Engines for the ARF can be from .90 to 1.08 two stroke or 1.20 to 1.50 four stroke.

Lanier RC has a Fokker D-7 made from all wood with a wingspan of 38". It needs an Ultrafly A/30/29 geared 3.89:1 with a 9 x 4.7 propeller. Ready to fly weight should be between 31 and 34 ounces
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The Electrifly Fokker D-7 ARF has a 36" wingspan, is of all wood construction. It needs a Rim Fire 28-30-950 motor.


Joe Topper and his rc Fokker D-7 built from a Proctor Museum Scale kit. Wingspan is 88". It can be driven by a Laser 200V or Laser 300V engine. All up weight is around 23 lbs.


The Fokker D-7 built from a kit from Dare Hobbies has a wingspan of 45" with a length of 33" and weighs around 20 oz. A Speed 400 motor, geared, can power it.

At RCGroups echoplanar started a thread about his Fokker D-7, John Barnes reviewed the airplane, Mike Llewellyn posted his article about it and Admiral Piett14 started a thread about it.

At RCUniverse rcrube is selling a Fokker D-7, prpbstr555 was looking for a good Fokker D-7 kit, Evil Merlin posted a link to a post at RCScaleBuilder about his Fokker D-7, and Magicswanson mentions the airplane in a posting.

At Watt Flyer barmonkey posted about a new Fokker D-7. It is an ARF. Pox67 posted about problems building his Fokker D-7.

At You Tube sirgisbod posted a video of a Fokker D-7 and eszyman posted a video of a foamy D-7.

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