The Fokker E.III was the first aircraft to carry a synchronized machine gun. Because the gun was mounted directly in front of the pilot and could shoot through the propeller, the E.III was able to shoot more accurately than any plane it encountered.
The plane's light weight, powerful engine and accurate gun made the Fokker E.III the dominant fighter of the time and began what has come to be known as the "Fokker Scourge".
This plane carries the markings of German Ace Ernst Udet who flew with Flieger Abteilung 68.
|Country of Manufacture||Germany|
|First Year of Service||1915|
|Wing Span||32.9 ft | 10 m|
|Length||23.9 ft | 7.3 m|
|Height||8.1 ft | 2.5 m|
|Weight||770 lbs | 349 kg|
|Engine||Oberursel 9 cylinder, air cooled, rotary engine, 100hp|
|Top Speed||93 mph | 150 km/h|
|Range||180 miles | 290 km|
|Armament||1 Spandau 7.92mm machine gun|