Corgi Aviation Archives
|Length||12.0 cm||4.7 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||15.0 cm||5.9 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Display stand included.
Corgi AA38308 – 1/72 Scale Fokker Dr.I Dreidecker, JG 1 “Flying Circus”, Deutsche Luftstreitkräfte
Corgi diecast model AA38308 replicates in 1/48 scale the Fokker Dr.I Dreidecker s/n 425/17. In the colour scheme the aircraft wore while flown by Manfred von Richthofen, commander of Jagdstaffel 11 (No 11 Fighter Squadron) or Jasta 11, Jagdgeschwader I ( Fighter Wing 1) or JG 1 “Flying Circus”, Deutsche Luftstreitkräfte (German Air Force). Stationed at Cappy Aerodrome, France on April 21 1918.
Manfred von Richthofen
Manfred von Richthofen (1892 – 1918), known as the “Red Baron”, is the highest scoring ace of the first world war, credited with 80 aerial victories. Richthofen flew the Fokker Dr.I from late July 1917 until his death in the Fokker Dr.I s/n 425/17 on April 21, 1918. He scored 19 of his 80 kills in this type of aircraft.
Fokker Dr.I Dreidecker
The Fokker Dr.I Dreidecker is a German single-seat, single-engined triplane fighter. It first flew on July 5, 1917, entering service in October 1917.
Developed in response to the Sopwith Triplane it was highly manoeuvrable although slower than contemporary Allied fighters in level flight and a dive. Highly unstable, in capable hands an excellent fighter, but for lesser pilots and students, a death trap. Throughout its service life, the Dreidecker suffered from catastrophic wing failures. Production ended in May 1918 with approximately 320 airframes completed.
The fuselage construction is welded steel tubing wire braced, sides clad in plywood and the entire structure covered with fabric. All of three wings are the same basic design and primarily of fabric-covered wood. Control surfaces and tail are fabric-covered welded steel frames. The fixed undercarriage is a tailwheel type.
The Fokker Dr.I used a single Oberursel Ur.II 9-cylinder air-cooled rotary piston engine driving a two-bladed fixed-pitch wooden propeller. The Dr.I a maximum speed of 160 km/h (99mph), a range of 300 km (190 mi), and a service ceiling of 6,100 m (20,000 ft).
Armament consisted of 7.92 mm (0.312 in) Maschinengewehr 08 “Spandau” machine guns, mounted atop of the nose synchronised to fire through the propellor arc.