Fokker D.VII (Fighter, 1919-1922)

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The Fokker D.VII was considered the finest single-seat fighter produced by Germany in WWI, partly since it had the ability to maintain good performances at high altitudes. It first appeared over the western front in the summer of 1918 and scored many victories.

In 1919, the famous German aviator Hermann Göring visited Sweden with the Fokker D.VII with German number F.7716/18. This aircraft was bought by the Army Aviation Company and became a important basis for the further development of the Swedish military aviation. Hermann Göring himself stayed in Sweden for some time, where he married a Swedish woman, Karin Fock. The rest of his story is well-known. Soon he became one of the leading nazis and in 1935 Chief of the German Luftwaffe. 

The Fokker was powered with a 185 hp BMW IIIA engine. The aircraft was never fitted with any armaments.

Top: Model displayed at Flygvapenmuseum.

Below: Photo (taken at Malmen) of the aircraft before it was painted in the Swedish scheme.

Length: 6,90 m. Span: 8,90 m.  Maximum take-off weight: 906 kg. Max. speed: 200 km/h.


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