The Fokker Dr 1 triplane was built after the British built Sopwith Triplane entered service in 1917. It was specifically designed for dog fighting and was small, lightweight, and highly maneuverable. While not as fast as other planes, it could easily out climb any other aircraft of the time.
The Dr 1 had a tubular steel construction, which eliminated the need for wire bracing on the wings, but was prone to structural failure in the upper wing.
Made famous by Manfred von Richthofen, the "Red Baron", the Fokker Dr 1 was flown by several other German aces. Fewer than 350 saw service and were all used on the Western front.
|Country of Manufacture||Germany|
|First Year of Service||1917|
|Wing Span||23.6 ft | 7.2 m|
|Length||18.9 ft | 5.8 m|
|Height||9.6 ft | 2.9 m|
|Weight||1290 lbs | 585 kg|
|Engine||9 cylinder air-cooled rotary engine, 110hp|
|Top Speed||103 mph | 165 km/h|
|Range||186 miles | 300 km|
|Armament||2 Spandau 7.92mm machine guns|