What if

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Title: Fokker Fü. I
Post by: TomZ on August 12, 2019, 11:09:36 am
Fokker Fü. I

(http://www.airwar1946.nl/whif/images/V8-1.JPG)

After the initial success of the Fokker Dr.I triplane, Anthony Fokker proposed a quintuplane, reasoning that if three wings were good, five would be even better. Reinhold Platz, chief engineer for Fokker, was at first shocked by the idea. Nevertheless, the aircraft was built. Using some parts of the V.6, Platz designed a machine with three wings at the extreme front of the aircraft and a pair of wings midway along the fuselage, the mid-fuselage biplane wings placed where their leading edges were virtually even with the aft end of the cockpit coaming. Balanced control surfaces were fitted to the upper wings, those at the front acting as conventional ailerons and those in the rear working with the elevators.

(http://www.airwar1946.nl/whif/images/V8-2.JPG)

The pilot was seated just ahead of the biplane wings. Like the V.6, it was powered by a 120 hp (90 kW) water-cooled Mercedes engine. Fokker, who was his own test pilot, made two brief flights in October 1917, after which it was abandoned. The Fokker V.8 was powered by a 119 kW (160 hp) Mercedes engine.
It was ordered into service as the Fü. I in early 1918 and became the favourite mount of Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron from May 1918 onwards. Von Richthofen flew the Fü. I until the end of the war.

(http://www.airwar1946.nl/whif/images/V8-3.JPG)

TomZ
http://www.airwar1946.nl/index.htm (http://www.airwar1946.nl/index.htm)
Title: Re: Fokker Fü. I
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 12, 2019, 12:13:45 pm

......Anthony Fokker proposed a quintuplane, reasoning that if three wings were good, five would be even better.


Hehehehe, love it!  ;D ;D ;D ;D

The model's very good too, but what did you do with the bits left over?  :thumbsup:

Ah, maybe it's ALL made from left over bits?
Title: Re: Fokker Fü. I
Post by: TomZ on August 12, 2019, 11:17:49 pm
Kit,

The plane is actually real. One prototype was built and it even flew a few times.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fokker_V.8 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fokker_V.8)

There are no bits left over as I went the easy route and bought the Anigrand kit of the thing.
https://www.anigrand.com/AA2091_V-8.htm (https://www.anigrand.com/AA2091_V-8.htm)

The second part of the back story is what-if though  ;D


TomZ
Title: Re: Fokker Fü. I
Post by: Old Wombat on August 13, 2019, 12:27:55 am
It reminds you that aircraft design was just as "seat of the pants" as aircraft flying back then! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Fokker Fü. I
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 13, 2019, 01:02:18 am

Amazing
The plane is actually real. One prototype was built and it even flew a few times.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fokker_V.8 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fokker_V.8)

There are no bits left over as I went the easy route and bought the Anigrand kit of the thing.
https://www.anigrand.com/AA2091_V-8.htm (https://www.anigrand.com/AA2091_V-8.htm)

The second part of the back story is what-if though  ;D


Amazing, thanks.

You learn something new every day.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Fokker Fü. I
Post by: NARSES2 on August 13, 2019, 06:06:10 am

You learn something new every day.  :thumbsup:

You do indeed.

I was wondering if there was a small engine under the cockpit and the rear half became a bi-plane escape capsule when you took one hit to many ?  ;)

Title: Re: Fokker Fü. I
Post by: Tophe on August 14, 2019, 04:55:54 am
Wow! :thumbsup:
It is very rare that I am interested in very old airplanes, not enough aerodynamic for my taste, but this one is so incredible, I love it :wub: