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    I received a book that I ordered and these photos of this aircraft were in it. I know everyone is always up for these ID's.

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    DFW T.28 Floh (English: Flea)
    German biplane fighter prototype designed by Hermann Dorner, the designer of the successful Hannover CL.II two-seat fighter of 1917, and built by Deutsche Flugzeug-Werke.
    Designed in 1915 as high-speed fighter, the Floh had a small 6.20 m (20.3 ft) wingspan and a rather ungainly tall and thin fuselage. With a fixed conventional landing gear the Floh was powered by a 100 hp (75 kW) Mercedes D.I inline piston engine, and on its first flight in December 1915 reached 180 km/h, quite fast for the time.
    The aircraft suffered from very poor forward visibility and was difficult to land due to its narrow landing gear.
    The prototype crashed during the flight testing programme.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DFW_Floh

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    You are correct sir. The book I saw this in is DFW Aircraft of WW I by AERONAUT. The book cost a bit but it is well worth it for me. This is a great book. Expensive but worth it.

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    Yet another example of "If it looks bad, it is a bad plane".
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    What was the purpose of the wonky fuselage shape?

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    "what were they thinking" comes to mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by driph View Post
    What was the purpose of the wonky fuselage shape?
    From Windsock Datafile 18 (page 2) :
    Hermann Dorner, chief engineer of DFW, perceiving that Fokker E types were too slow and sluggish to maintain their edge, proposed the DFW Floh as a high speed fighter, to be achieved by reducing weight and aerodynamic drag to a bare minimum.
    The high fuselage, non-white generally dubbed Walfisch, design made the drag producing centre section struts unnecessary and permitted the machine gun and engine to be fully buried to achieve maximum drag.

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    Bizarre to say the least... interesting though. Thank you

    Never Knowingly Undergunned !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by monse
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    and permitted the machine gun and engine to be fully buried to achieve maximum drag.
    Amusing typo there, Monse-yes, I acknowledge it was in the original, I wonder if they actually proof-read their own work.

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    In a similar vein.. the last fighter by Kurt Tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zenlizard View Post
    I wonder if they actually proof-read their own work.
    I hope they don't - you should never proof-read your own text; your eye/brain combination "sees" what you expect to have placed there, not what you actually typed.

    I proof-read for others, but never for myself! I miss my own mistakes repeatedly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monse View Post
    From Windsock Datafile 18 (page 2) :
    Hermann Dorner, chief engineer of DFW, perceiving that Fokker E types were too slow and sluggish to maintain their edge, proposed the DFW Floh as a high speed fighter, to be achieved by reducing weight and aerodynamic drag to a bare minimum.
    The high fuselage, non-white generally dubbed Walfisch, design made the drag producing centre section struts unnecessary and permitted the machine gun and engine to be fully buried to achieve maximum drag.
    Fascinating, thank you!

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    Art imitating life...Wondered where the idea came from !

    "He is wise who watches"

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