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Fokker D8

The Fokker D.VIII was a German single seater fighter developed near the end of World War I. While it only had a 100 hp engine it was so light and small that the performance was better than expected and it was a formidable opponent.

Fokker D8

The photo above shows the D8 (replica) engaging the Bristol Fighter in a mock dogfight. These are always entertaining and because the old bi-planes are so slow and can turn so quickly they can keep the action in a smaller space in front of the runway. With the jets by the time they have turned they are 10 kilometers away!

Fokker D8

The D8 is closing in and lining up his opponent for a shot. It looks like the "Biff" is history unless the tail gunner can successfully defend his plane!

Fokker D8

Fokker D8 Specs (D.VIII)
Crew: 1
Length: 5.86 m (19 ft 3 in)
Wingspan: 8.34 m (27 ft 4 in)
Height: 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in)
Wing area: 10.7 m2 (115 ft^2)
Empty weight: 405 kg (893 lb)
Gross weight: 605 kg (1,334 lb)
Powerplant: 1 x Oberursel UR.II 9-cylinder air-cooled rotary piston engine, 82 kW (110 hp)
Performance...
Maximum speed: 204 km/h (127 mph, 110 kn)
Endurance: 1.5 hours
Service ceiling: 6,000 m (19,685 ft)
Rate of climb: 8.333 m/s (1,640.4 ft/min)
Time to altitude: 1,000 m (3,281 ft) in 2 minutes
4,000 m (13,123 ft) in 10 minutes 45 seconds
Armament...
Guns: 2 x 7.92 mm Spandau MG08 machine guns

Sources: Wikipedia, Warbirds Over Wanaka 2012 Programme.


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