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Fokker D.VIII and its parasol wing

10 February 2012

Fokker D.VIII and its parasol wing

The D.VIII came out late in WW I and this replica Fokker D.VIII is displayed at the  U.S. Army Aviation Museum in Alabama in original vintage lozenge patterned fabric. Originally known as the Fokker E.V. — and nicknamed “Flying Razor” by the Allies — it is notable for its single wing design, mounted in parasol fashion above the fuselage. Even as early as the end of WW I some designers saw the way to a faster aircraft was by reducing the drag biplane designs inherently possess with external struts and braces.

The replica Fokker D.VIII at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum — photo by Joseph May

On-high view of the Fokker D.VIII best showing the rotary engine and twin fixed machine guns — photo by Joseph May

Camouflage has always been a German specialty, this scheme was especially good when over farmlands — photo by Joseph May

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  1. 8 January 2012 13:07

    Look at a WORK OF ART!…that Propeller on the D-VIII! Incredible!
    Your just havin wayyyyy too much fun!

    best,
    david

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      8 January 2012 14:36

      Oops!

      That was supposed to go up 10 Feb 2012 but I mistakenly set it for 2011 … you got a sneak preview … I reset it for the 2012 date 😉

      I made the same mistake with the SE-5A post, as well.

      The prop does stand out, I agree with you 🙂

      FYI: the Skystreak walkaround will go up later this month.

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