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Fokker Dr. 1: Germany’s Famed Triplane in World War I

Fokker Dr. 1: Germany’s Famed Triplane in World War I

Mark C. Wilkins

Available June 2020

$19.99

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This book presents the evolution and development of perhaps the most iconic German fighter of WWI—the Fokker Dr. 1 triplane or “Dreidecker.” The Dr. 1 was born from experiments in cantilever monoplanes and the excellent combat record of the Sopwith triplane, which appeared at the western front at the end of 1916. Only 320 Fokker Dr.1s were built, yet their imprint on aviation history was and is far reaching and enduring—perhaps due to those who flew them. Baron Manfred von Richthofen and his brother Lothar, as well as Werner Voss, Ernst Udet, and many others, all flew the triplane, helping burnish their image in collective memory. This book highlights the design and construction of the legendary Dr. 1, as well as showcasing many flying replicas and where they can be found. Also included are selected museums from around the world where Dr. 1s can currently be seen.

Size: 9″ x 9″ | 143 color and b/w photos | 112 pp
ISBN13: 9780764359682 | Binding: hard cover

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Mark C. Wilkins is a historian, author, and lecturer. He is currently a curator at the Calvert Marine Museum, has been director and curator of both the Cape Cod Maritime Museum and the Atwood House Museum (Chatham Historical Society), and has worked for the Smithsonian Institution and the Mystic Seaport Museum. Mark is a published author of books and articles relating to aviation and maritime history and is a contributor to Aviation History and Air & Space magazines. Mark holds an A.L.M. from Harvard University and is currently working on several books on aviation history—and is also serving as historical consultant and producer of aerial effects for the Lafayette Escadrille documentary film.