Sopwith Camel vs Fokker Dr I
Western Front 1917–18
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About this book
Amid the continuous struggle for aerial superiority during World War I, two aircraft types were at the forefront. Both rotary engined fighters, the Sopwith Camel and the Fokker Dr I triplane were relatively slow for their time, but were regarded as the most manoeuvrable machines produced during the conflict, and the classic pair for a tight, evenly matched dogfight at close quarters. In this book Jon Guttman examines the fascinating story of the design and development of these deadly foes. First-hand accounts and innovative cockpit-view artwork give a thrilling insight into the pilots' experiences during the world's first aerial duels and helps explain their successes and failures.
The Strategic Setting: a need for new fighters · Chronology of development, combat use · Design and development · Strategic situation: Flanders in the Summer of 1917 · Technical Specifications · The Combatants: RNAS, RFC, RAF, Luftstreitskräfte · Combat · Statistics and analysis · Aftermatch: swift eclipse, swift immortality
Paperback; March 2008; 80 pages; ISBN: 9781846032936