By Rudiger Kosin

The writer, with 60 years' event of the German airplane undefined, strains this leading edge region of plane layout from the 1st German fighter - the Fokker E1 - via to such collaborative ventures because the Alpha Jet and the twister.

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Although neither the new Fokker V 11, nor the Fokker V 18 - a further improved version — produced the best climb performance among the aircraft equipped with the 160 hp Daimler D III engine, the Fokker V 11 was selected among the contestants in the competition. After certain modifications had been made to improve stability around the vertical axis the aircraft became the Fokker D VII, of which 400 were ordered immediately. As the Fokker factories were nowhere near capable of supplying such numbers in a short time, Albatros, the East German Albatros works and AEG were required to manufacture the Fokker D VII under licence.

No decision had been taken at this point about a postwar army, and nobody in Germany believed that complete aerial disarmament would take place. But the Treaty of Versailles, signed on 28 June, 1919, called for the dissolution of all flying corps, to be completed two months after the Treaty came into force — 10 January, 1920. Every item of mili- nautical Commission of Control. A small armed forces were strictly denied access armed force, consisting of a 100,000 man army and 15,000 man navy, was allowed to such machinery, and industrial compa- to remain, and the type and number of every permitted item of equipment was laid down.

Fokker had learned to pay attention to directional stability. The wing was two-sparred, completely skinned with plywood. The result was an extraordinarily stiff structure which was intended to be equal to any flight loads when built carefully. Note the mance the Siemens aircraft remained in the programme at least in a small way. The aim may also have been to promote emphasis on the word 'intended', because just a few weeks after the first aircraft had development of the S & H D III. In the opinion of pilots who flew the aircraft in the reached the Front, three of them had broken wings.

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