Fokker Dr.I The Aces Aircraft, by Tomasz J. Kowalski and Marek Rys
Book published by Kagero in their 'Legends of Aviation in 3D' series in 2015, 140 pages. Hardback (N5422)
Brand New Book
This book is illustrated throughout with lots of black and white photographs, as well as colour drawings and diagrams of component parts and whole aircraft, many showing different designs, markings and camoflauge. Some of the drawings are presented in a 3D format, and 3D glasses are included with the book.
From the opening paragraph: Every war needs heroes – people whose bravery would be an example for others to follow. During the Great War which, between 1914 and 1918, engulfed almost the whole Europe, the need for such characters was very strong. The ferocious stationary fights, lasting not months but years, made it difficult to find heroes among exhausted infantry buried in trenches.
The situation was quite different in case of warship crews, but it was the air force where finding heroes was the easiest. The names of Immelmann, Boelcke, Garros, Pegoud, Lanoe G. Hawker became known on both sides of the front line. They were the “flying knights” effectively fighting the enemy aircraft. Among the most famous, was the German ace, known in the history and the culture as “the Red Baron” - “Der Rotte Kampfflieger” - Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen, the winner of 80 aerial combats. His name was often mentioned along with Lt. Werner Voss whose aerial victories account was a little more modest with 48 kills. The relation between the two pilots was not only their personal friendship, but also the type of the aircraft they died in. It was Anthony Fokker’s famous triplane – the Fokker Dr.1. The deaths of both pilots became a legend...
Till this day we have not been able to determine how they died nor who sealed their fate. They were excellent pilots so their planes had to be exceptional. Without any doubt, the triplane fighter became legendary thanks to its pilots. The average aviation enthusiast always associates “the Red Baron” with the Fokker Dr.I, although only one fourth of Richthofen’s aerial combats was won in that aircraft. Most books devoted to “the Red Baron” are graced with an image of the red Fokker Dr.I on the cover. What kind of aircraft was it really? Is the legendary construction, in fact, so remarkable? We shall try to answer these questions.