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    Default Fokker V2

    The Fokker V2 (1916) research aircraft with pivoting wing tips instead of wing fins or wing warping, before the famous triplan Dr.1.

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    If anyone here has informations or links to this plane ?

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    Cool looking plane. Any notes on how it flew?

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    Hi Peter ,
    Picture is from Pinterest and i just found this Wikipedia link :

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    Thanks Bruno. I was hoping you had more info on this plane that I had never seen before.

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    Unfortunately I have only this link for the moment on this Fokker plane with nice design and that’s why I launched a "call" to the specialists here of the Central powers aircraft WW1 , maybe they will tell us more ?

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    Informations provided by the website :
    The pictures below can be downloaded in higher definition.
    According to the comments, the picture posted by Bruno appears to be a V.3 rather than a V.2, because of the vertical stabilizer shape.

    from The Complete Book of Fighters (W.Green, G.Swanborough) :

    FOKKER V 1 Germany
    The first Fokker fighter design to be ascribed solely to Reinhold Platz was a radical single-seat cantilever sesquiplane powered by a 110 hp Le Rhone nine-cylinder rotary engine. It was also the first of the Schwerin-built Versuchsmaschinen (experimental machines) to be assigned a V-series designation as the V 1. Flown in December 1916, and known unofficially as the Floh (Flea), the V 1 possessed wings of unusually thick aerofoil section, and consisting of wooden boxspars and ribs with plywood skinning. The incidence of the upper wing could be changed in flight and conventional trailing-edge ailerons gave place to rotatable wing tips. The vertical and horizontal tail surfaces were of what were later to become known as "all-moving” type and were aerodynamically balanced. The steel-tube fuselage was faired to circular section by means of wooden hoops and stringers. Provision was made for the installation of two synchronised LMG 08/15 machine guns. Quite extensively flown, this highly innovatory fighter prototype, referred to as of Verspannungslos (literally ‘‘without bracing”, or cantilever) type, was inspected by the Idflieg, but considered too radical.

    Max speed, 111 mph (178 km/h).
    Span, 25 ft 9 7/8 in (7,87 m).
    Length, 16 ft 4 1/2 in (4,99 m).
    Height, 9 ft 0 in (2,74 m).
    Wing area, 161.46 sq ft (15,00 m2).

    FOKKER V 2 Germany
    Developed in parallel with the V1, the V 2 - which was also referred to contemporaneously as the D IV by Fokker despite Idflieg application of this designation to Kreutzer’s M 21 - differed essentially in having a 160 hp Mercedes D III six-cylinder water-cooled engine. The shift in cg resulting from introduction of the D III engine led Reinhold Platz to adopt modest sweepback on the outer upper wing panels attached to an abbreviated, unswept centre section. The vertical tail was modified to compensate for the increased side area forward provided by the D III engine, the fixed portion being increased in depth and faired into the aft fuselage. There was virtually no cabane between the engine cowling and the wing centre section, which was supported by splayed steel-tube tripods attached to the front spar. Like the V 1, the V 2 had a variable-incidence upper wing and rotatable wing tips. Although the V 2 allegedly proved ‘‘fast and sensitive” during flight test, there is no record of the V 2 having been inspected by the Idflieg.

    Max speed, 118 mph (190 km/h) at 1,640 ft (500 m).
    Time to 3,280 ft (1 000 m), 2.8 min.
    Span, 25 ft 6 1/2 in (7,82 m).
    Length, 17 ft 0 3/4 in (5,21 m).
    Height, 8 ft 4 3/4 in (2,56 m).
    Wing area, 165.77 sq ft (15,40 m2).

    FOKKER V 3 Germany
    Difficulties experienced with the V1 and V 2 led to the construction of yet a third fighter prototype of Verspannungslos configuration. This, the V 3, retained the 160 hp Mercedes D III engine, but both wings were increased in area by a total of 38.75 sqft (3,60 m2), a deeper, more orthodox cabane was introduced to improve view from the cockpit and orthodox vertical tail surfaces were provided. The manually-variable wing incidence was discarded in favour of fixed incidence and a radiator for the D III was let into the leading edge of the wing centre section. The V 3 allegedly offered a rate of climb superior to that of the V 2, but handling characteristics were considered ‘‘too difficult” for the frontline pilot and this line of development was discarded. No data for the V 3 appear to have survived.

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    Thanks Monse. Great information and web site.

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    Let there be light and there was light ... as often the light comes from monse

    Merci Simon

    Edit :

    Then there was the Fokker V4 which evokes a lot Fokker DR 1

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    "The Fokker V.4 was a prototype German fighter aircraft of World War I.
    Inspired by the successful Sopwith Triplane, Anthony Fokker chose to create a triplane fighter.

    All three wings were cantilever and the lower two wings had the same span.

    The rudder was balanced, but the ailerons and elevators lacked horn balances.

    In the past, this aircraft was given the V.3 designation in error.

    Aero Historian Peter M. Grosz finally corrected the error while researching Fokker fighter developments.

    The V.4 was eventually fitted with V.5 wings and sent to Austria-Hungary for evaluation.


    Wingspan, 6.21 m

    Length, 5.75 m

    Height, 2.95 m

    Engine type, 1 DD Oberursel Ur II

    Power, hp, 1 x 110

    Top speed, 200 km/h

    Cruise speed, 165 km/h

    Sources :

    “ Fokker,The Military Aviation Collection” by Antonín Vlasák II "
    " Fokker,The Aviation Collection-Antonín Vlasák II "
    " Fokker, The Man and the Aircraft – Henri Hegener "
    '" The Encyclopedia of World Aircraft-David Donald "
    Last edited by Spad VII; 04-08-2021 at 12:58.

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    thats interesting! reminds me quite a bit of a/c that came later in the 20s.

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