on 29 June 2002
If you are interested in that most famous aviation icon of the First World War, then you won't be disappointed with this book.
There are many illustrations of the Fokker Triplane from its initiation to deployment with the Jastas even though only 320 machines were ever built.
If you are an aviation historian or aeromodeller then this is a valuable book on this subject. Several pages are included with specially commisioned colour profiles based on known black and white photographs.
The text is an interesting read giving accounts of the aces who flew the Triplane such as Voss, Wenzl,Weiss, and von Richtofen himself. I recommend you add this book to your library!
on 13 January 2014
I have given this book a 5 star rating. It is ideal for model makers (like me) and amateur historians (again, like me) as it has some interesting images. The information is concise and well laid out. As with all Osprey books, it is well researched. In short, it's an ace of a book!!
on 23 May 2012
The Fokker Dr1 triplane (dreidecker), particularly the red example flown by the "Red Baron", Manfred von Richthofen, is probably the best known military aircraft of the First World War, but as this book explains, it was never considered an ideal combat aircraft by it's users. In particular, the limited engine output (120 hp) and low maximum speed meant that pilots sometimes had little choice but to single-handedly take on formations of British and French aircraft, thereby adding to the Dr1's reputation but not their life expectancy. With the arrival of more powerful types, the Dr1 was phased out and only 327 examples were built. But for a period of about 5 months from December 1917, the Dr1 was the best fighter aircraft available to the Germans and the limited number available were issued to elite units, adding to the reputation.
The most successful Dr1 pilot was Josef Jacobs, who continued to fly it until the end of the war, particularly on days when the cloud ceiling was low, enabling a skilled pilot to exploit the aircraft's manoeuverability at low altitude, this being it's only real advantage.
A small but useful book with some fine colour illustrations.