Undoubtedly the most famous fighter of World War 1, the Fokker Dr I was a revelation when it entered service on the western front in 1917. Manfred von Richthofen’s JG 1 was the first Jasta to completely re-equip with the new fighter, and in the skilled hands of its numerous aces the Dr I proved a formidable opponent. The Dr I remained in service on the Western Front until replaced by the superior Fokker D VII in May 1918. Just weeks prior to that, however, Germany’s leading ace, the great ‘Red Baron’, had been killed at the controls of a Dr I.
REPORT ON FOKKER TRIPLANE, March 1918 Reports on German Aircraft 7
A report that is a critical study of the machine that was on view in the Aircraft View Rooms, with preliminary information that had been received from the Expeditionary Force. It notes that “the Fokker appears to be one of the poorest German designs”.
The revolutionary triplane design adopted by Fokker was inspired by the equally successful Sopwith Triplane, and although built in remarkably small numbers, the Fokker Triplane legend has made it the best known aircraft to emerge from World War 1.