Re: The plywood Fokker (revisited)

Jess Stuart (
Wed, 17 Jan 1996 12:45:12 -0800 (PST)

> To return to a subject visited on the list a couple of months
> back, I've stumbled across another photo of what is identified
> as a 'wood' fuselaged Fokker D.VII on page 43 of Nowarra's
> "The Fokker Dr.1 and D.VII in World War I". This aircraft
> (Fok D.VII 7756/18) appears to be a completely different aircraft
> than the alleged 'plywood Fokker" shown on page 5 of the Datafile or
> on page 9 of the old Profile Publications D.VII book - at
> least the lozenge patterns and the Balkenkruez are/appear to be
> completely different.
> So, the question now arises:
> 1. Were there -two- plywood Fokkers?

There were three that I've seen references too. One built by
a Fokker subsidiary, and two built by Albatros. I need to check references,
but I think the datafile mentions a Fokker worknumber (w/n 2268). I've
seen pictures of one Albatros version that had a serial number on it.
The Fokker built plane has a different location for one of the main
struts that connects to the upper wing. The Albatros picture showed no
difference in strut locations for any strut that I could see. I need
to check the pictures for the lozenge on the wings on the Albatros planes.

> 2. Was there -one- plywood Fokker which was recovered and/or repainted?

Only one Fokker subsidiary built machine mentioned.

> 3. Did Nowarra get it wrong or did Rimmel and the Profile get it wrong?

Since three planes existed, they may all be correct. 8^)

  Jess Stuart			"I am Pentium of Borg.  Accuracy is irrelevant				   Prepare to be estimated!"