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Fokker Dr.I - 1917
09-OCT-2006

Fokker Dr.I - 1917

The Fokker Dr.I combined excellent maneuverability with a high rate of climb. The type was favored by Manfred von Richthofen, and Werner Voss, two of Germany's legendary fighter pilots. Both of these men lost their lives in this type of aircraft in two of the most talked about air battles of the war.
The Dr.I was developed from the lesser known Fokker D.VI biplane, and both featured cantilever wings (wings which did not require external bracing). This wing design was a tremendous breakthrough in aircraft development.
There are no known original Fokker triplanes in existence. The Tripe pictured here was purchased by Cole Palen down in Florida, and he flew it up to Old Rhinebeck himself. It is powered by a 220 h.p. Continental W-670 engine. It was painted a few years back to match the paint job on Coles rotary Triplane that he built, which is still in the Aerodrome's museum - a fitting tribute to "The Evil Black Baron of Rhinebeck!"
(Text from Aerodrome web-site and guest contributor, see comment below.)

Canon EOS 20D ,Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
1/800s f/8.0 at 172.0mm iso200 full exif

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Paco López18-Oct-2007 17:32
Wonderful!!!!!!!!!! Big vote!
Guest 22-Oct-2006 23:40
This Dr-1 is not the replica built by Cole.The rotary tripe he built in 1967 was flown by him until 1987 and then retired. The Tripe pictured here was purchased by Cole down in Florida, and he flew it up to Old Rhinebeck himself. It is powered by a 220 h.p. Continental W-670 engine. It was painted a few years back to match the paint job on Coles rotary Triplane that he built, which is still in the Aerodrome's museum - a fitting tribute to "The Evil Black Baron of Rhinebeck!" Beautiful photo!!!!
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