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Fokker D.VII (D7) 1/20 Scale Model Aircraft

Fokker D.VII (D7) 1/20 Scale Model Aircraft
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Model: FGFD7TE
Dimensions: Length: 13.50 x Span: 17.00

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The Fokker D. VII is a World War I fighter aircraft manufactured by Fokker-Flugzeugwerke.

In late 1917, Fokker built experimental V.11 biplane. Fokker had submitted the V.11 along with several other prototypes. In May 1918, the D.VII entered squadron service with Jasta 10 and the type quickly proved to have many important advantages over the Albatros and Pfalz scouts and could dive without any fear of structural failure. Production D.VII aircraft initially used the 180 hp Mercedes D. IIIa, followed by the high-compression 200 hp Mercedes D.IIIa. The first D.VII with the new BMW engine first entered service with Jasta 11 in late June 1918, though production of the BMW engine was very limited and it was continued to be produced with the 180 hp Mercedes D. IIIa until the end of the war.

After World War I, other countries used the D.VII operationally and it served in the Polish, Dutch, Swiss and Belgian air forces. The D.VII has proven to be popular that Fokker sold large number of D.VII airframes that he had smuggled into the Netherlands after the Armistice. By 1929, the Alfred Comte company manufactured eight new D.VII fighters under license for the Swiss Fliegertruppe. D.VII was preserved and other Allied countries acquired the aircraft. In 1918, one war prize was captured when it was accidentally landed at a small American airstrip near Verdun, France. In 1920, the aircraft was donated to the Smithsonian Institution by the War Department and is currently on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Two other American war prizes were retained by private owners until sold abroad in 1971 and 1981 and is currently on display at the Canada Aviation Museum, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and the Militaire Luchtvaart Museum in Soesterberg, The Netherlands. The latter aircraft is painted in fictitious Royal Netherlands Air Force markings. Only one D.VII survived used by the Dutch military and in 1948, it was discovered in a German barn. D.VII is currently displayed at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany. D.VII was also acquired by Canada and France.

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