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C.I
Role Reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Fokker
First flight 1918[1]
Number built 250+

The Fokker C.I was a German reconnaissance biplane under development at the end of World War I. The design was essentially an enlarged Fokker D.VII fighter with two seats and a 138 kW (185 hp) BMW IIIa engine. The C.I was originally developed to sell to the German Army. It never saw service in World War I, but Anthony Fokker managed to smuggle parts out of Germany at the time of the Armistice.

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Development

The prototype, V.38, was tested at Schwerin, and put into immediate production. After the armistice, production continued in the Netherlands.

Operators

The C.I went into Dutch service after 16 were ordered in February 1919. The USSR bought 42 C.Is. The C.Is served in the reconnaissance and trainer roles. The last C.I left service in 1936.

Variants

V 38
Prototype.
C.I
Two-seat reconnaissance aircraft, powered by a 138 kW (185 hp) BMW IIIa piston engine.
C.Ia
Improved version.
C.IW
Experimental floatplane version.
C.II
Three-seat passenger transport version, powered by a 138 kW (185 hp) BMW IIIa piston engine.
C.III
Two-seat advanced trainer version of the C.I, powered by a 164 kW (220 hp) Hispano-Suiza engine.

Specifications (Fokker C.I)

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two, pilot and observer
  • Length: 7.23 m (23 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.50 m (34 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 2.87 (9 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 26.3 m² (283 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 855 kg (1,885 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,255 kg (2,767 lb)
  • Powerplant:BMW IIIa straight-6, 138 kW (185 hp)

Performance

Armament

  • 1 × fixed, forward-firing machine gun
  • 1 × trainable, rearward-firing machine gun
  • Up to 50 kg (110 lb) of disposable stores

See also

References

  1. ^ Donald, David, ed (1997). The Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. Prospero Books. pp. pg 427. ISBN 1-85605-375-X.  
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. pp. 402.  
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 894 sheet 33.  
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