William W. Whitson


Fokker D-III

Fokker D-III

(Photographs reprinted by permission of the San Diego Air and Space Museum)

First designed in late 1915 to replace the so-called "Eindekker" monoplane, the Fokker D.I and D.II mounted a single machine gun and used primitive wing-warping. Its 13,000 foot ceiling and its slow rate of climb put it at a disadvantage against the Nieuport 17. Complaining that it was too stable, Boelcke turned it down for his Jasta in 1916. After the Albatros D.I was introduced, the Fokker was withdrawn to training units.

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