Fokker D.VI

The Fokker D.VI was a fighter aircraft of the German Air Force and the Imperial and Royal Aviation troops from the First World War.


Based on the Fokker Dr.I triplane Reinhold Platz developed as a successor model using fuselage, empennage, landing gear, engine and at the same armament a cantilevered, einstieligen biplane without tension with the factory designation V.9. Developed into two prototypes V.13 ( V.13 / V.13 and 1 /2) were built and presented at the fighter competition in January / February 1918 in Berlin -Adlershof. Both machines have rotary engines; a the 145 hp Oberursel UR III of the motor, the other the 165 -hp Siemens & Halske Sh.III. Fokker was a small production order, the serial machines, however, were equipped with the more mature UR II engine with 110 hp Oberursel, a copy of the French Le Rhone engine.


Between April and August 1918 were delivered 47 Fokker D.VI with Oberursel Ur.II engines and 12 engine with 160 hp Goebel Goe.III engines Gandenbergersche Maschinenfabrik Georg Goebel, Darmstadt. 7 D.VI - fighters were delivered to Austria -Hungary and with 8mm Schwarzlose machine gun and 150 hp Steyr Le Rhone rotary engine fitted (Series 04.6 ..). Few machines reached German frontline units, as it was considered inferior to the Fokker D.VII in use, although the D.VI was very agile and low-flying faster than the D.VII. The aircraft were therefore used mainly for training.