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WW1 Aero DVD: Fokker Dr.1 Triplanes

This look at the Fokker Dr.1 Triplane will feature previously unreleased contemporary footage of the type, and will also feature the twelve different colour schemes seen on New Zealand based Dr.1s over the past five years.

CamelContrary to popular belief, the German Fokker Dr.1 Triplane was designed after the British built Sopwith Triplane had been in service with the Royal Naval Air Service for some time.

The triple wing arrangement of the triplane allowed for the development of a compact and light-weight aircraft, with considerable maneuverability. A welded steel tube fuselage, with one-piece wooden wings, all covered with fabric, produced a relatively sturdy aeroplane.

Powered by a 110hp Oberursel rotary engine, the aircraft had very good performance for its time, with excellent climbing ability at low and medium altitudes. While its top speed was not high, the aircraft performed well in dogfights, although at higher altitudes (2500-4000m) its performance was impaired. This lack of high altitude performance compared with the Allied aircraft of the time (Spad and SE5a) is one of the reasons that the Dr.1 had a relatively short operational career (August 1917 to May 1918).

Over the past seven years there have been a number of Fokker Dr.1's operational in New Zealand, with over a dozen historical aircraft being represented at one time or another. This DVD features some great footage of these aircraft, and provides information about each of the colour schemes used.


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About The DVD

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  • contain a minimum of 100 mins of video footage, including ground to air, air-to-air and on-board camera footage.
  • be available in both PAL and NTSC formats
  • include previously unreleased video footage and photographs

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